Here at Computers for Schools, one of our main missions is to take computers that are still very usable and get them into the hands of individuals who otherwise can’t afford to purchase brand new equipment.
Below is an explanation for what computers we have available and what some of the terminology means so you can better understand what options you have available.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this information.
The Operating System (Required)
An operating system is a core platform of software that you install any programs that you use into. Whether it’s Mac OSX (like on your school computers), Windows 10, or Linux, you need to choose one of these to install on the computer so that everything works together.
At Computers for Schools Yukon, we don’t work with Mac computers as much because they’re less open to refurbishment. Apple prefers that technicians that work on their products be Apple specialists.
$10 – Windows 10 Pro: Windows 10 has been a widely popular operating system because it is bundled with almost all computers that can be purchased ready-built from a retailer. It has a great aesthetic and is easy to pick up since many people have been familiar with past iterations of Windows.
FREE – Linux: There are many versions, or “flavors” of Linux, and if you have a preference, we’re happy to help you out with the specifics. Linux is free because it’s built Open Source where people can contribute to the project, or take it as their own as long as they don’t sell the community owned code. If you want to learn more about different Linux flavors, click here.
Linux isn’t as popular yet on home computers because it’s only been relatively recently when Linux Operating Systems have been developed with ‘ease of use’ in mind. The vast majority of internet sites and resources run on Linux servers because of the reliability of Linux, as well as the security.
Desktops are by far the best bang for your buck, so to speak. We give computers out with a monitor, a keyboard and a mouse. They are easier to fix, and have a lot more speed and power. Their only real drawbacks are the lack of mobility if you need to compute on the go.
FREE – Desktop – (Core i3 to i7, 8GB of RAM, 120+ GB HDD, available in various sizes)
The main thing to understand is that they both come with a keyboard and mouse. Both will be able to run Windows 10 or Linux as an operating system, although the Basic Desktop will be slower running Windows 10. As a note, our desktops do not come with WiFi capabilities. If you need to connect to a WiFi network with a desktop from us, let us know and we can discuss adding a wireless card to your order.
We bundle decently sized monitors with our desktops by default, but you may want something larger or with more resolution depending on your use case. If you do, we offer Premium Monitors as an added cost to your order.
FREE – Regular Monitor – (Smaller then 19″, may be 4:3 ratio)
$20 – Premium Monitor – (19″ or larger)
If you wish to just get a monitor from us seperately, the cost is $25 for a Basic and $60 for a premium.
Laptops are normally a lot more expensive than Desktops that have similar specifications, simply because the computer parts have to be smaller, and fit together tighter to provide a more mobile platform.
$75 – Basic Laptop – (Older processor, 4GB RAM, 80+GB Hard Drive)
$150 – Premium Laptop – (similar to Desktop only with 4GB RAM, 80+ GB Hard Drive)
* Students and Teachers can get a $30 discount on both models, as education support is still our core mandate.
Currently our inventory of Basic Laptops is not able to run Windows 10 Pro very well. We highly recommend choosing Linux as it will run lighter.
We also provide some quality of life upgrades for an added cost, those being a Soild State Drive rather then a traditional hard drive (if you don’t know what a Solid State Drive is, here’s some more information), and wireless cards, which are required if you have a Desktop from us that you need to be able to connect wireless-ly to your internet. Ask us about prices and other upgrade options come order time.