We selectively procure Dell, Lenovo, HP, Microsoft, and Apple used computers of the highest quality and recondition them to be First-Class Teaching Technology.
Refurbished VS New
Can you tell the difference?
Compared to new units, schools can save between 40%-60% when purchasing STS certified Second-Life Hardware.
North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) selected STS Education to be the exclusive provider of
refurbished gaming computers for its K-12 member schools.
STS Second-Life Hardware
Call them what you want…
Refurbished Reconditioned Pre-owned Used
…the bottom line is they are working computers that look good, perform great and cost less than new computers.
For the computers that have been through our extensive 9-step process, we certify them as STS Second-Life Hardware and stand proudly behind every device. If they don’t pass our tests and requirements, we strip them of the working parts for reuse and recycle the rest.
Customized or Standard Configurations – You have options.
We maintain an active inventory of computers in our Quick-Ship program that are readily available and will be shipped out within 48 hours of receiving your purchase order.
For schools that have specific requirements, we can take a base device and upgrade components like the hard drive, memory, and video card to fit your needs.
Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher (MAR)
As a MAR, we are required to:
- Erase the contents of the hard drive prior to installing Windows operating system software.
- Install licensed software only on eligible PCs with valid Windows Certificates of Authenticity (COA) or a Genuine Microsoft Label.
- Supply the refurbished PC with a new refurbisher COA.
- Comply with the requirements for the use of the OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK), the Refurbisher Preinstallation Kit (RPK), and related tools, and comply with other requirements for inventory management and reporting.
How we turn used computers into Second-Life Hardware.
Every machine is put through a rigorous inspection and performance testing process. Only devices that pass our requirements are refurbished.
Our 9-Step Performance Process
- Exterior Inspection
- Internal Audit
- Detail Cleaning
- Drive Formatting
- Quality Assurance
- Green Packaging
Reuse Beats Recycle
With the typical lifespan of a computer being four to five years, our society is generating “20 to 50 million metric tons of electronic waste annually” as highlighted in a 2020 New York Post article on refurbished computers.
Schools can avoid “contributing over and over again to the world’s fastest growing waste stream” as mentioned in a 2019 Time Magazine article on E-Waste. Today, less than 25% of electronic waste is recycled in the U.S. The vast majority ends up in landfills, potentially posting environmental risk as such hardware contains harmful elements such as mercury and beryllium.
Rather than buying new devices and further contributing to the problem, schools can purchase Second-Life Hardware to help reduce the constantly revolving door from manufacturing to landfills.
Affordable Refurbished Gaming Computers
Phoenix computers are refurbished devices that meet or exceed system requirements for all major esports games. Additionally, the lower cost of these high-end machines allows schools to get in the game.
Planning a refresh of your old devices?
STS Buyback Program
Get cash or credit when disposing your older technology. Depending on quantities and condition, we may be able to buy your aging computers. There is value in your current devices that could be used to help fund your next technology purchase.