Durham County Council has partnered with Protech to offer low-cost computer equipment to County Durham-based registered charities and social enterprises under the Digital Durham Reboot scheme.
Durham County Council owned devices are replaced periodically to ensure they are technically up to date and perform well. Some of these devices are suitable for reuse, and are being offered through this scheme. To ensure a ready supply of equipment, Protech may also supply devices that have originated from other organisations as long as they meet the specification outlined in the table below.
Laptops and desktops cost £150 and come with genuine Microsoft Office 2019 Home & Student software and a Windows 10 operating system that includes anti-virus.
To be eligible you need to use the equipment to:
- Help residents get online by providing free internet access
- Provide support to residents to improve their skills – this could be digital skills
- Assist the charity to run more effectively
The table below outlines the minimum standard specification for each device type.
|Operating system||Windows 10 Pro (64 Bit)||Windows 10 Pro (64 Bit)|
|Processor||Any i series (i3, i5, or i7) 4th generation or above||Any i series (i3, i5, or i7) 4th generation or above|
|Storage||128GB SSD (Minimum)||128GB SSD (Minimum)|
|Software||Microsoft Office 2019 Home & Business||Microsoft Office 2019 Home & Business|
|Anti-virus||Windows Defender||Windows Defender|
|Screen||19 inches (16:9 monitor)||13 inches|
|Supplied with||Keyboard and standard wired mouse||Battery charger|
|Warranty period||90 days||90 days (excludes the laptop battery)|