When we think of technology and IT improving the quality of education and experience within schools, many people’s first thought would be of virtual reality, drones and other new, exciting and expensive gadgets. While there is nothing wrong with new technology, there is still a tremendous amount of potential for academic application in refurbished and recycled laptops and PCs.

What is refurbished IT?

Refurbished essentially means that the equipment has been previously used. Although it’s a very broad term, the equipment we refurbish at Tier 1 is sourced from some of the UK’s largest organisations that have decided to upgrade or refresh their equipment.

As part of our refurbishment process, we securely wipe every laptop and PC, before reinstalling the software and physically cleaning and inspecting them to ensure they are working well.

As the devices aren’t brand new, they are cheaper to purchase but are still high quality and durable. This makes them perfect for use in smaller businesses, for consumers who don’t require the latest technology, and for schools, colleges and universities.


Depending on the features and brand, new laptops can easily cost upwards of £400 to well in excess of £1000. For schools and colleges, this cost, when multiplied by the number of computers and laptops that most schools require, can quickly add up.

When considering budgets, a simple way to reduce spending is to shop for refurbished IT over brand new. Not only is the equipment high quality, it it likely to be as good as, if not better, than the brand new equipment available for the equivalent price.


We are currently living in an age where technology is developing rapidly, and gadgets only a few years old are becoming obsolete. Millions of tons of e-waste are produced each year from laptops, computers and other technology items being thrown away, with many being transported for unsafe ‘recycling’ in developing third and second world countries. These devices contain toxic elements, including (but not limited to) cadmium, chromium and lead, which could lead to global issues of ill-effects on human health and the environment.


Often as a tactic to save costs, schools are left very few other options than to invest in out of date or low-quality entry-level laptops. These laptops are often made of cheaper components which wear out faster and also have limited technical ability. One of the key benefits of buying refurbished devices is that you’ll be able to get a better spec for your budget.

To find out more about our refurbished devices, please visit Tier 1 Online. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us on sales@tier1online.com or call 0161 777 1015.

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