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More Dram?

Posted on: July 11th, 2017 by Alexander Wright No Comments

Micron Technology Taiwan has reportedly shuttered one of its two DRAM fabrication plants in Taiwan. The production lines at Fab-2 were closed down at the beginning of this month after it was found that a nitrogen gas dispensing system had malfunctioned and contaminated both wafers and chipmaking equipment.


Gaming PC

Posted on: January 31st, 2017 by Alexander Wright No Comments

Gaming PC’s can be a very expensive pass time, especially these days with 4k and HDR starting to become more prevalent. But not everyone needs a top of the line system, the trick is building something that can play current games at a good level and still be able to in at least 2-3 years time.

Here at User2 we build systems for everyone. Ranging from the high end of over £3000 to more modest offerings of  £800 (sometimes less if you do not require a monitor etc).

So how do you choose whats right for you?



Repair, upgrade or replace?

Posted on: March 7th, 2016 by User2 Computers No Comments

Should you repair, upgrade or replace your laptop/PC?It can often be a hard decision but it does not have to be.

Although it may be time to browse some reviews or go shopping don’t consign that laptop or PC to the bin just yet. With a little money and a bit of know how (or help from User2 !) you can give your system a few more months of working life or even extend it for a few years.

Should I upgrade?

repair, upgrade parts

If you have ran out of storage space or are enduring poor performance then often this can be solved by increasing the amount of RAM the system has or replacing the hard drive with a larger one. Or an SSD if you want a super speed boost – see our previous article about these here.

Upgrading your ram can cost from as little as £20 depending on the type of memory and amount of it that you need. Typically we see systems that are running windows with less than 4gb get a significant boost when upgraded to 4 or even 6gb. To give you an idea every machine well sell at User2 will have at least 4gb ram these days, except some specialized systems.

But what if your sluggish system is running slowly due to a fault? Well with a combined experience of over 50 years between our engineers at User2 we can repair just about anything.

Should I repair?

Repair team

Miniature technicians working on a computer circuit board or motherboard.

Generally speaking if a system is under 3-4 years old then a repair is usually worthwhile. We often see systems where doing a repair is also a great time for an upgrade too.

Faulty hard drive? Why not get a larger one or an SSD?

Faulty Ram?  Why replace it with one the same size when the price difference is usually very little for the next size up.

If the system has been doing everything you want it to up till it had a fault then a repair is the way to go. It’s rare that a new system will be less.

Should I replace?

New laptop

As always with IT equipment at some point it will need to be replaced, either due to age or not being cost effective to repair. So how do you make the decision?

User2 recommend that if the cost of a repair is only 25% or less than a new system then you may as well get the benefit of a new system. Not only will you get a warranty on the entire machine and not just any part that has been replaced such as with a repair, but it will also be an upgrade.

Sometimes if a system is replaced we can even use parts from the old one, after all a lot of them are generic. Parts such as CD/DVD drives, the computers case etc.

Transferring data and setting up a new PC/Laptop is a straightforward job and something that we do on an almost daily basis, there is no need to worry about loosing anything.


If you are still unsure about what to do why not speak to one of our engineers in store or by phone.

Which? Trusted Trader

Posted on: December 30th, 2014 by Alexander Wright No Comments

Which? Has been testing products and services for over 50 years and now are doing the same for traders.


Which? Trusted Traders is an endorsement scheme that recognises reputable traders who successfully pass the rigorous assessment process. Not just anyone can become endorsed. The assessment process involves: (Click to enlarge)


Windows 7 Vs 8 why choose?

Posted on: March 13th, 2014 by Alexander Wright No Comments

Last year Microsoft announced that it would be ending retail sales of Windows 7 as of October 2013.

The shipping of Windows 7 installed on PC’s was also to be discontinued a year later (this year) on October 30th 2014.

But User2 are still happily selling systems with Windows 7…….


AC Adapters – Cost Vs Quality

Posted on: May 23rd, 2013 by Alexander Wright No Comments

Here at User 2 we sell many AC adapters on a daily basis ranging from high quality multi adapters to standard original ones for laptops.

The question we get asked the most however is not about which one is better for the intended purpose but just why there are so many extremely cheap ones.

Well, our adapters range from £25 to £40 typically which is a fairly standard price. Once you factor in that we will electrically test your laptops power adapter if it is brought to us in order to confirm that is indeed the fault and not the power socket of the laptop itself, the inherent value of good customer service also becomes apparent.

Some retailers stock  £5-10 unbranded units that you can usually find online at places such as Ebay and lately also on Amazon. There is a simple reason that we here at User 2  do not sell these adapters, quality. They may well work for a time just as intended but long term they more often than not break. Best case scenario they just stop working but we have on some occasions had customers come to us who have gone through a substantial amount of these cheap adapters in a short space of time. One most notable adapter that was brought to us was partially melted with the internal circuitry showing.