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Aria offers business users Windows 7 PCs for £99

With Windows 8, Haswell, GTX700 and Radeon 8000 all coming soon, it's work pausing every now and then to realise that the vast majority of business users are not batting in that league. They have a very different set of requirements – sometimes as simple as ‘Need a PC for a new starter'. KitGuru spots a deal that might prove useful to businesses on a budget.

Gamers and testing labs across the globe are focused on the latest and greatest games – KitGuru Labs included. It's important, when you're considering a personal purchase that might be the focus of your home entertainment for several years. On that basis, you want the best kit you can afford. Business users often think differently.

You can go online today and buy Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium from Amazon for £113. Aria's offer is a little different. It offers a little more value.

The system in question is the anonymously named Fujitsu Esprimo E5916. It's desktop shaped, micro ATX design can be used horizontally or vertically and it is delivered with this specification:-

  • Intel E6300 Core 2 Duo
  • 2GB DDR memory
  • 80GB Hard Drive
  • DVD Drive
  • Windows 7
  • £99 ex vat

Too good to be true?

Well, almost.

The unit itself is part of a refurbished batch from Fujitsu, that come with a 90 day warranty, but how much would that matter for a simple office workstation that will only be used for word processing and internet surfing?

Two other users might be interested in this kind of IT recycling – and that's students who don't want to transport their main machine to college and parents looking to give their young children access to a PC for the first time – and who don't fancy taking the risk of junior playing next to mum & dad's useful data.

Back in the heyday of the PC a store called Morgans, on New Oxford Street, did a roaring trade in this kind of system – for exactly these markets. Will price stabilisation and the austerity of 21st century bring a return boost to the second hand market?

It's not new, but it's still looking like a bit of a bargain with the operating system installed

KitGuru says:  There will be other, similar, deals on the market from time to time – but it's the operating system and free delivery that caught our eye on this one. If you're a business with a load of old Pentium, Pentium II, III or IV machines in the building – you might consider your IT strategy for 2013.

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