Why don’t we sell hardware ourselves? The traditional distribution channel is broken and consumers now get better deals than most businesses can through traditional distribution channels on all but the most specialist of equipment. While the best of the online etailers do a great job on price and distribution, they aren’t so hot on advice or technical support.
While we are mostly a service business these days, we can still spot a deal when we see one and we curate this weekly deal sheet to highlight some of the best tech deals in the UK. If you have specific requirements for volume purchases or if you need help planning your IT spend, do get in touch and we’ll see if we can work together. If you are having problems locating suppliers for specific products, let us know and we can point you in the right direction. Remember, we’re not looking for the cheapest kit around, but the best value for your business.
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Samsung 860 Evo 500GB SSD – £70.81 plus VAT @ eBuyer
SATA 6Gb/s Interface
2.5 inch form factor
Sequential Read: Max. 550 MB/s
Sequential Write: Max. 520 MB/s
5 Year Warranty
Fast SSD drives are great for speeding up an older desktop or laptop, or just put in an enclosure and make an external drive. With no moving parts like magnetic storage, solid state drives can withstand the rigours of life on the road much better than magnetic storage. And at these prices, it makes a lot of sense to replace any failing magnetic drives with SSD.
Lenovo Ideapad 120S (14″) Laptop – £124.98 ex VAT @ eBuyer
- Intel Pentium N4200 1.1GHz
- 4GB RAM + 64GB eMMC
- 14″ LED + WIFI
- Windows 10 S – Free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro
If you are looking for a value laptop/notebook this Lenovo Ideapad is fantastic value. With an upgrade to Windows 10 Pro and an eight-hour battery life, this would be a good option for field reps, a spare machine for the office or anyone who needs kit for an occasional work from home day. Grab one while you can – these won’t be around for long.
HP 15-da0596sa 15.6″ Intel® Core™ i5 Laptop – £399 inc VAT @ Currys/PC World Business
- Intel® Core™ i5-7200U Processor
- Memory: 4 GB RAM / 16 GB Intel® Optane™
- Storage: 1 TB HDD
- Full HD display
This HP Laptop has a decent Intel i5 processor and a large 1TB drive. With a full HD display and a claimed 13hr battery life, this could easily replace a typical desktop machine. With HP you’ll get a good level of support and you can’t go far wrong at this price for the specification. Again, these are pre-Black Friday deals, but guaranteed not to be cheaper on the day, so you can be confident of getting the best value if you buy now. Worth a look at some of the other deals currently available in the Currys/PC World Business Store.
HP PageWide Pro 477dw Wireless Multifunction – £249.99 ex VAT @ eBuyer
- Colour & Mono Inkjet
- Up to 55ppm
- Fast First page
- USB, Network & Wireless
- Automatic Double-Sided Printing (Duplexing)
The PageWide Pro 477dw is a great all-rounder for business users – it’s fast, it produces quality output for general business documents, presentations and marketing materials, and it has best in class running costs.
With all the connection options you’ll need – USB, wired Ethernet and WiFi – the 477dw might be the only machine you need in the office.
This is eligible for HP’s current cashback promotion, which makes it an even better deal. For further details of this and other HP models eligible for HP’s Cashback promotion, check out this post.
Early Black Friday Deals – 25% off selected Android tablets on Amazon
While Black Friday isn’t supposed to be until the end of next week, many retailers are jumping the gun and trying to spread purchases over a longer period. This makes a lot of sense – ramping up to cope with a massive traffic increase on a single day is a pain and the shopping experience isn’t great for the consumer. There will no doubt be a few good tech deals on the day, but this extension of the sale is good news for businesses. Now you have time to plan some purchases and get approvals.
One of the better deals currently on Amazon is 25% off selected Android tablets. Often tablets are used in the field, at trade shows and in the office for managing presentations and training sessions. If you aren’t buying volumes, these deals can be a good chance to pick up a few units at a decent price. Some highly rated Huawei models and a Samsung Galaxy Tab are included in this offer, so well worth a look.
Anti-Virus Software – Various offers @ Groupon
Groupon might not be the first place you would look for tech deals, but there are occasionally some good offers – like these Anti-Virus and Internet Security deals.
Even if you have a multi-license deal in place, there’s always new bits of kit being purchased that end up with odd license renewal dates to cover or there’s the boss’s home computer or some other bit of kit that needs covering. Most companies end up with a few off-book anti-virus products for a variety of reasons. When renewals come around, you can get stung for full price if you just click on the link. However, smart buyers know one or more of the Internet Security/AV vendors will always be running an introductory offer, so there can be substantial savings to be had. Groupon currently has
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