The end of summer and beginning of the school year often means purchasing new computers. Whether it’s for a student in college for the first time or the family computer simply needs an upgrade to keep up with the demands of homework, there are some easy ways to buy a computer that meets your needs, protects your budget and helps the environment – all at the same time. Here are our tips…
Doing a little examination before you buy a computer can save time, money and resources as well as help you make eco-friendly decisions.
First, check with the school on any requirements for the system and see if they have available discounts from any vendors.
Next, think about how you or your student will use the system. Will it be in and out of a backpack, to and from home? Will it be relied on every day? A little research to find a lightweight laptop, an online backup and storage solution and other key requirements will help make sure it’s a computer that lasts.
As you’re shopping around, look for environmental features. Many computers offer energy-smart configurations and settings as well as LED displays that use less power and are often made without some harmful chemicals. Most manufacturers will post information online about their polices regarding material use and sourcing. Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Apple all do.
You can save money by buying used accessories. This also helps the environment as you’re keeping those materials out of landfills and reusing them. You’ll probably want to buy a new computer so it lasts for a long time, but for extra power cords, cables and more, check out your nearest Goodwill or online listings. You can probably pick up everything you need for a fraction of the price of buying new.