Yes, Protech provides a 90-day warranty on the devices supplied. Note this does not include laptop batteries. Replacement batteries are readily available from reputable suppliers and would need to be purchased by you outside of the scheme.
It is essential that the receiving organisation tests out the equipment as soon as it is received to check they are happy with it. It is unlikely there will be any problems, but we are here to help if there are.
The equipment should be in relatively good condition but may have some visible marks due to general wear and tear.
The availability of stock is ongoing as Protech will make regular collections from both Durham County Council (DCC) as well as other organisations they support. The device you receive may not necessarily have originated from DCC but will meet the minimum standard specification. Bear in mind that not all of the desktops and laptops collected will be suitable for reuse and this, along with the demand for devices, will affect stock levels.
If the devices are in stock it will usually take two to four weeks from an eligible application being completed and processed to being delivered to the stakeholder.
If your application meets the eligibility criteria, but there is not any available stock, we will offer to place your order on a waiting list. Your order will be fulfilled at the earliest possible time, however, it will depend upon the number waiting to be filled; the amount of reusable devices, and how quickly they can be processed. Protech will then contact you when the equipment is ready for delivery.
A limit may be put in place during periods of high demand. This may result in orders of six or more devices being split.
Part of the eligibility to obtain the Microsoft software licenses at a significantly discounted price is that the devices that Microsoft is installed on are only supplied to registered charities and social enterprises that are operating to create positive social change.
If you do not qualify for the scheme, refurbished devices are now more common place and widely available to buy. You could try searching on the Internet or contacting local computer repair shops.
A number of things need to happen to the devices before they can be passed on. Firstly they need to be wiped to ensure council data and licenses are removed. Next, they are checked over, and any devices deemed to be suitable for reuse have the new software installed. Finally, the devices are tested to ensure they are fit for their purpose. The charges help cover the costs for someone to do all of this. There is also the Microsoft software license cost and courier delivery to take into account.