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Desktop Accessories & Extras

What else might you need?

When buying a desktop computer you’ll want to consider if you need any extras. You might need a monitor or two – maybe you have those already – how about office applications, screen mounts, a headset or a webcam and speakers?


Monitors

When it comes to computer monitors it is easy to spend too much. Many of the monitors on the market have the panels made in the same factory and to the same standard, so quite often you can pay a premium for something half the price and just as reliable. To a point though, the reverse is true. Some manufacturers skimp on flimsy plastic bezels and fewer connection options, so you can easily save yourself £20 on a budget monitor only to find you get a poorly built unit and still need to spend an extra £20 on a suitable adapter. As a result we generally standardise on two key brands – BenQ monitors are a great quality everyday option whereas HP monitors are a premium option – often made well from recycled materials – and extra features often as standard.


BenQ 27″ 1080p Monitor with Eye-care Technology @ £169 + VAT

1920 x 1080 Full HD Resolution Screen

Features HDMI, VGA and DisplayPort Sockets

IPS Panel for accurate colour and image from any angle.

Attractive Slim Bezel – Ideal for Dual or Triple Screen Setups

Includes 3 Metre HDMI Cable OR DisplayPort Cable

Stock Code 406328

 

 


BenQ 23.8″ 1080p Monitor with Eye-care Technology @ £135 + VAT

1920 x 1080 Full HD Resolution Screen

Features HDMI and VGA Sockets

IPS Panel for accurate colour and image from any angle.

Attractive Slim Bezel – Ideal for Dual or Triple Screen Setups

Includes 3 Metre HDMI Cable OR a VGA Cable

Stock Code 580099

 

 


HP EliteDisplay E243m 23.8″ FHD Monitor with Pop-up Webcam & Audio @ £219 + VAT

These screens are so nice I have three like this on my desk! As well as being bright and clear they look great, have a slim bezel and are fully adjustable up, down and around too! This particular model includes a built in speaker and pop-up webcam.

1920 x 1080 Full HD Resolution Screen

Features HDMI, VGA and DisplayPort Sockets and a USB Hub, Speakers and a Pop-up Webcam

IPS Panel for accurate colour and image from any angle.

Attractive Slim Bezel – Ideal for Dual or Triple Screen Setups

Includes 3 Metre HDMI Cable OR a VGA Cable

Stock Code 695328

 


Audio & Video Options

Most computers now come with a small internal speaker inside the case. At best these are “adequate” if you don’t mind a quieter, poorer quality sound, though in practice many office users don’t actually need speakers for their job role. Some users will need speakers, or – in situations where you have a computer based phone system or regularly have video meetings – then a corded or cordless headset might be needed. Webcams are listed here too.


Logitech S-120 Mains Powered Stereo Speakers @ £15 + VAT

These are a decent quality, 2.3Watt RMS basic speaker. Unlike USB speakers which often lack in the volume department, these are mains powered and do have a bit of ‘oomph’. Sound quality is fine for everyday use, and there is a headphone socket so you can bypass the speakers with a set of headphones.


Logitech Z-130 Mains Powered Stereo Speakers @ £29 + VAT

More powerful than the S-120, these 5 Watt speakers give clearer, crisper sound and will support a higher volume, ideal for pumping up that volume when nobody is in the office! Sound quality is better and there is a headphone socket so you can bypass the speakers with a set of headphones.


HP Wired Stereo USB Headset @ £21 + VAT

For customers that have a software based phone system or for users that need to videoconference – you might need a headset just like this! This is a basic model suitable for occasional use.

 


Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 @ £24 + VAT

A well made, HD quality webcam including microphone and LED indicator to show when the camera is in use. Slots on top of any screen.


Office Application Software

It’s a given that your users will need an application suite and so you’ll need to decide how you want to purchase this. Historically, customers have either used an open source application suite such as LibreOffice or have purchased licences for Microsoft Office. In more recent years the Microsoft marketing team have been putting all their efforts into making Microsoft Office a subscription based platform – replacing a single purchase with a monthly fee. As we can see below the monthly  pricing model does not stack up, and never will. We’re happy to work with customers whatever path they take, and remember Outlook can be provided as a separate item if required.

ABOVE: A comparison of long term cost between LibreOffice, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft 365.

LibreOffice Suite @ £FREE

LibreOffice is the powerful open source office suite, and a successor to OpenOffice.org (commonly known as OpenOffice). Its clean interface and feature-rich tools help you unleash your creativity and enhance your productivity. This suite includes installable versions of Writer, Calc, Draw, Base and Math. LibreOffice is available for Windows, macOS and Linux.

ABOVE: Screenshots from LibreOffice word-processor, spreadsheet and presentation tools. LibreOffice is decent replacement for Microsoft Office, though it does not have an email client like Outlook this is easily resolved if you need it.

Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2021 @ £79 + VAT

The software suite that needs very little introduction – this suite includes installable versions of Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher and Access. Unlike a Microsoft 365 subscription which will cost you money every single month, this is a one-time installation key that could last you for the lifetime of the computer. Generally speaking we’ll supply the latest version, but some customers may need specific versions depending upon their needs. Microsoft Office is not available for Linux.


Monthly Services

Supplement your desktop computer with support and services from our Service Desk Technicians. Whether it’s patch management, enhanced web protection or even a backup solution you are looking for, we can help.

Remote Monitoring and Management Service from £5 + VAT

A small software agent is installed on the computer and reports back to a cloud based dashboard that is accessible to our support engineers. As a result, our engineers get access to a comprehensive set of tools to efficiently secure, maintain, and improve your IT systems, all from a single dashboard that highlights issues before they can become showstoppers. If you are an existing customer with our RMM service, this software will be pre-installed as part of our build process.  [MORE INFO]

 

 

Acronis Cloud Backup by IT\norwich from £15.75 + VAT

The fully managed Acronis Cloud Backup by IT\norwich is a competitively priced “fire and forget” backup solution for your desktop computer. Once installed on your computer and the backup has been configured, you have a worry free backup service, overseen by engineers at IT\norwich. If you are an existing customer with a server based backup system you may not need this service. [MORE INFO]

 

 


Other Accessories

Encrypted USB Stick @ £24 + VAT

Putting sensitive data on a USB stick which has not been encrypted is asking for trouble, and likely a contravention of the UK GDPR. Generally speaking we try to ‘lock down’ use of USB sticks by unauthorised users, but where users have a valid need for USB sticks, we encourage them us to an encrypted USB stick to keep the data on it safe and secure. Lose an unencrypted USB stick that holds sensitive data and you’ll probably need to report it as a data breach to the ICO. Purchase one of these from us and we’ll pre-prepare it with the encryption keys and keep them on record in case you lose them. These are ideal for off-site backups of ultra-sensitive data such as password database backups.

External Optical DVD-RW Drive @ £28 + VAT

These days most laptops don’t include an optical drive. You probably don’t need one … but if you do then how about this? Attaches externally via USB and may need two ports.