Computer prices have been steadily falling over the last 3 years since we have been in operation. Newer and faster (and of course costlier) components have been replacing the older and slower components. What effectively happens is that better components become available for the same prices. We are publishing here the latest prices for four of the common desktop PC configurations that people often go for.
Lenovo India has got pretty good network of service centres across the country. It is either their own service centre or the service centres of their authorized distributor, Redington India Limited plus a few third part, but authorized service centres. Here is a list of service centres for Lenovo Laptops/Desktops and other hardware.
Acer, a manufacturer for computer hardware, accessories and peripherals, have a list of their owned and authorized service centers in India. Acer is one of the most economical models of laptops in India. They give an average warranty for 1 year for all its products. Here are the list of service centers.
Lenovo, one of the major IT hardware manufacturers in the world, has got authorized service centers across India. They are located in almost all states. The main distributor of Lenovo desktops and laptops is Redington India Private Limited and they have a number of service centers. Lenovo offers is customers a minimum warranty of 1 year on all its hardware. Selected models contain additional two more years warranty. Here we have given a list of Lenovo owned and authorized service centers in india.
Quite a lot of our customers these days go for TFT monitors when they buy their computers. Most buy their TFTs because they look better than CRT monitors and because the price differentials are much lower than what they used to be. We try our best to convey to our customers the differences between CRTs and TFTs and the specific scenarios when one is better than the other.
When we burn CD/DVD, we name them either using adhesive stickers or markers. Now we do not require any of these. The new technology is called LightScribe. LightScribe Direct-Disk-Labeling is a new optical media recording technology using which we can burn labels directly onto specially coated recordable optical media (CD and DVD) and create our own custom labels.
Intel has been announcing massive price slashes for its processors and motherboards since January 2007. In spite of this AMD based systems still maintain a comfortable lead over the Intel based systems. The price difference used to be around Rs. 3,000 around a year back but it has fallen drastically during the last one year. An AMD Sempron based system can be bought for around Rs. 13,500 while an Athlon X2 costs around Rs. 14,600. The Intel counterparts Dual Core and Core 2 Duo based systems costs around Rs. 15,500 and Rs. 18,500 respectively.
There was a time when computers were so expensive that, to own one was beyond the means of a common man and, they were only affordable for the elite of the society. Times have changed and the prices of computers have fallen so drastically that it has been moved from the list of luxury items to the list of essential items in a household.
Starting or scaling up a business establishment almost always involves upgrading your existing IT infrastructure. This normally takes its toll on capital resources. Even if you finance your IT purchases it would involve some amount of down payment and you will inevitably have to channel a reasonable amount of your capital towards IT infrastructure purchases.
One of the strange types of complaints we receive from our customers is "The system was working fine till yesterday, I had shut down the system and it is not booting now". Strange as it may sound the common feature of these support requests included burnt motherboards, non-functional PCI Card slots and sometimes burnt Ethernet cards.
Ubuntu has a very user-friendly installation interface. The whole installation takes only a few mouse-clicks and takes only around 15-20 minutes on almost any new system. We have not had any complications in Ubuntu Installations until recently when we had to Install Ubuntu on an Intel 945GCNL motherboard with Intel Dual Core processor.
It can be safely assumed that an average home computer user uses his computer mostly to send/receive mails, browse the net, access online applications, watch movies, listen to music, use some desktop applications and work on documents or spreadsheets, in that order of decreasing frequency of use. But for the avid gamers, most would play some sort of simple computer games like card games, puzzles, chess etc. A very small percentage of the population would use a home computer for programming.
A new computer could cost anywhere from Rs. 13500/- where as you could get a reasonably good used computer in the range of Rs. 4000 to Rs. 7000 depending on the age and the configuration of the system. The obvious attractiveness in the option of buying a used computer is the price.