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Whether you are a business, school, college, university, government office, emergency service or a home user, Protech Solutions supplies high quality desktop PCs, laptops and tablets that are smart, match every budget and will create potentially future-proof systems that result in the lowest TCO and highest productivity.

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We are accredited dealers with the likes of Dell, HP and Fujitsu etc, which gives us the advantage of registering quantity bids for any hardware you may require.  We can then pass any cost savings on to you, our customer, which makes it very advantageous for you to come to us for any of your requirements.

When we quoted Barnhill School for replacement desktop PCs, they said:

When we asked them to quote for some new Dell PCs we were amazed to find they were around £100.00 cheaper per unit than their competitors.

Types

  • PCs and WorkstationsOpen or Close
    pcProtech Solutions are registered partners with the likes of Dell, Lenovo, HP and Fujitsu Siemens and can supply PCs to meet your exact specifications.

    Advantages of the All in One (AIO) PC over the Tower;

    Apart from the obvious in terms of space-saving, it is a neater and more compact solution.

    An AIO also reduces the risk of damage from being kicked.  There is no need to find space for the tower under or on top of the desk.

    Dell Optiplex 3030 All in One PC

  • Laptops and tabletsOpen or Close
    laptopWhether you are seeking ultimate portability, a feature-rich performance notebook, a reliable school laptop, a desktop PC replacement, a best-buy workhorse or an extreme gaming portable tablet, we can find a device that will match your requirements and budget. All of our staff are trained and able to help advise you on the best solution for your needs, whether it is an entry level unit for students all the way through our range to a multimedia notebook or tablet for live TV capture and gaming.

 

FAQs

  • What are the differences between the various PC cases?Open or Close
    There are three main types of cases:

    • Pizza Box Case: This is a thin case used mainly for network stations. They are usually seen in an office or at school.
    • Desktop Case: Usually sits horizontally on the desk. It is not as compact as the pizza box case, but has more room for cards. This case was the usual case for a home computer but are now fairly outdated.
    • Tower Case: This is the most common case today. Tower cases come in three sizes – mini, midi, or maxi. Mini is the smallest and maxi is the largest. Tower cases have lots of room extra drives and other accessories.

    The most important thing about the case is that it has enough space for the components inside to run smoothly. The case should be able to fit all the components. Other than that, a case can be chosen by design preference.

  • How do I decide how much RAM I am going to need for my PC?Open or Close
    The memory (or RAM) holds "short term" information for the processor to use. This may be a program or a set of data. The processor is able to retrieve information from the RAM at very high speeds. When the processor needs information that is not in the RAM, it has to read the information from the hard drive, which is much slower. RAM limits are between 2GB and 8GB. Choose a motherboard with more RAM slots so that there is room to upgrade. The more RAM the better. The PC will perform faster with more RAM.
  • What would be the best processor to use?Open or Close
    The CPU (Central Processing Unit) is the brain of the computer and the most important chip in the computer. When a program is run, the CPU performs the calculations and carries out the commands. The faster the CPU the better. Speed is measured in MHz (megahertz) or GHz (gigahertz). Make sure that the CPU is compatible with the motherboard and has the same type of socket. Most new processors are 64-bit. 64-bit processors can also run 32-bit applications, but not the other way around. Try to go for 64-bit, as 32-bit processors will soon be out of date.

    Dual Core processors combine two or more processors into a single package. This speeds up the CPU drastically and enables optimal speed when running many programs at the same time.

  • What is the difference between a LaserJet and an Inkjet printer?Open or Close
    Inkjet printers are usually ideal for home users who have limited text and photo printing needs. Laser printers are better suited to larger office environments with high-volume and high-quality printing requirements. The differences between a laser and an inkjet printer are generally categorised into a few broad segments, namely, cost (initial and maintenance), speed, quality, space and networking facilities.

    Picture quality from a Laser printer is better. Although laser printers will often be more expensive to buy, they can be cheaper to run. Also, the cartridges of an Inkjet printer will run out more often, depending on usage.

  • I want sharp prints. What should I look for?Open or Close
    The term you want to look for is the 'resolution'. It is given in DPI. HP: "DPI refers to the number of dots of ink that the printer can lay down in a line one inch long. This measure of text and image quality provides a standard for comparison: the general perception is that the higher the number, the sharper the output will be." Other factors like dot placement, and special printer features may also come into play as well. It is good to research your potential purchase.
  • I need to fax and scan documents as well as print. Is the multi-function printer the best option for me?Open or Close
    Well, space is one reason to think twice about whether you need a multi-function or all-in-one printer. At nearly two feet wide and a foot deep, you’ve got to have a place to put it before you can use it. They’re not lightweight, either, often weighing in at over 30 pounds. So before you buy, think carefully about how often you really need those extra functions. If you don’t need them, then you might not need the larger machine.
  • What are the features available on a multi-function printer?Open or Close
    As well as scanning, faxing and copying, every multifunction printer should have an automatic document feeder (ADF), but not every machine does. An ADF allows you to put a lot of paper in at once and not have to feed more in every few minutes. You'll want at least the capacity for 30 letter-sized sheets of paper.

    Another feature to consider is duplexing, or the ability to print on both sides of the page. If you're looking to save paper or need to print brochures and flyers, duplexing is a must-have feature. But, like the ADF, it's not available on every all-in-one (and it's an extra cost for others).

    Finally, if you have more than one computer working in your house or office, a multifunction printer that is networkable is a huge convenience. Even if you've just got one computer, some printers can print via Bluetooth, a short-range wireless protocol. That gives you a lot more flexibility about where to put the printer, which is worth a lot, given that most all-in-ones are behemoths.