I know it sounds a bit silly in these times, Brexit, idiotic politicos and all that shite but I’ve got really good news for the island monkeys among my readership. Looksee:
Priceworthy IT hardware was never really on the table for our English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish friends, right? And by leaving the EU the situation won’t get more easy, I guess not. The better some price-aware Joey Sneddon of the OMfG! Ubuntu! Website stumbled over this offer by eBuyer.
Well, and to blow that I can build it myself for less Woolongs argument out of the water right away, we all know that computer spare parts blow-up all the time. No problem if your home is surrounded by agents and workshops of all the computer and parts manufacturers, but I know many people in the UK don’t live in London or bigger settlements but in the smallest hamlets in Wales or theScottish highlands, often without any infrastructure apart from a pub. And isn’t it good to know all your PC warrantee issues are handled by one supplier and you don’t need to disassemble your rig and send single parts in to the respective agents/workshops?
I know what you’re thinking and I agree: most of us probably can assemble a machine of similar specifications for less than what these ready-made rigs cost.
For instance, eBuyer’s mid-range Intel i5 Ubuntu PC costs £370. This model features a 7th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, a 240GB SSD and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.
On Amazon.co.uk, a standalone Intel Core i5-7400 will set you back around £170, plus a further £40 for a stick of 8GB DDR4 RAM.
Add in the cost of a cheap mATX case (roughly £30), a decent motherboard (£50), PSU (£30), and a sizeable SSD and the eBuyer RRP isn’t isn’t that far off!
Bonus: the eBuyer PCs all come with 3 years warranty, too.
Cheap ≠ Good, Though
As I have not tested or benchmarked any of these machines I can’t vouch for their performance (or otherwise).
But on paper, given how well the Linux kernel and Ubuntu supports many of the components, I should imagine they deliver on expectations if nothing else.
If you don’t mind paying a little extra for a PC with everything pre-installed and pre-assembled for you, the eBuyer Ubuntu desktop PCs are worth checking out.
Sexy they aren’t, but good value they seem! </yoda>
And hey, that case don’t look to shabby, not at all. Briliant! And let’s not forget the biggest advantage of desktop computers over laptops: You can always update, upgrade and tune your machine for more power and/or more modern parts after a couple years. Laptops tho, you’ve pretty much maneuvered yourself into a cul-de-sac. Come one, do you really work on the road all the time, while being mobile? Or are you just too lazy/cheap to get a decent desk and a chair to sit on?