Computer Sprout has a new home in Logan, OH

Frank and Computer Sprout have moved to 10671 Ellinger Rd, Logan, OH. As always, Computer Sprout is your go to source for sliding scale computer repairs or used computers or Android phones. Computer Sprout specializes in Ubuntu, an open source Linux distribution that can replace Windows on your computer.

There are options as to how Ubuntu is configured. It is sometimes easy to configure Ubuntu to work in conjunction with Windows, and access all windows media files from the new Ubuntu installation.

In a rural environment where internet connections tend to be slow, Windows 10 updates can be incapacitating to an older computer. However, that very same computer, with Ubuntu installed, will work fast, responsive, robust. It can be almost like a new computer.

If you are having Windows 10 or Windows 11 problems, Computer Sprout can help. File system corruption is a common problem for Windows 10. Symptoms include system slowdowns and programs that refuse to work correctly. Repairs are made depending upon the level corruption. However, most computers can work like new again for a suggested minimum donation of $30. Call today!

Computer Sprout is also a source for solid performing used computers. Computer Sprout purchases typically off-lease incomplete Dell Latitude laptops. Laptops are completed, tested with Ubuntu 20.04 installed and are available to you for replacement cost. These models tend to have solid longevity, unlike some consumer models purchased at Walmart.

Computer Sprout also can provide expert help with most things technological, all on a sliding scale.

Ubuntu Linux for human beings
Ubuntu Linux for human beings

How to Get The Most Computing Bang for Your Buck

If you seek the most computing bang for your buck, then a laptop with a 3rd generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor is for you. These processors were released in 2012. They were used in laptops built around 2013.  Since that time, Intel has spent most of its efforts not on improving computing performance. Rather Intel’s focus has been on improving the energy efficiency of the core i line of processors.

Surprising Performance from 3rd Generation Core i Processors

My experience with 3rd generation core i5 and i7 suggests their performance is within about 10% of the new 6th and 7th generation core i line of processors. Prices for five year old high end laptops are amazingly affordable.

Cost and Availability of Replacement Parts

For these reasons, I strongly recommend buying Dell or HP.  The business lines of computers from these two manufacturers are significantly better made and more robust than the consumer lines.  I recommend Dell Latitude or HP Elitebook.
I purchase a significant number of these computers from Ebay with good results. When buying from Ebay, make sure you are buying from a reputable seller, one who has made a large number of sales. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself, Computer Sprout offers this service. All that is required is to re-imburse for out of pocket costs, plus make a small donation to Hillsboro Library Friends. You can literally save several hundreds of dollars by taking this approach to sourcing your computing equipment.