Hampshire Computer Shops
Useful information about Computer Hardware shops in Hampshire, submitted by LUG members.
Novatech: A reliable, reputable shop located near to Portsmouth. Reasonably priced, although not always highly competitive. They don't have a showroom as such, just a few PCs and monitors in the small counter area, so it makes sense to use their website to choose your goods. If you want to collect something it is always worth using their Fast Track service to pre-order goods for collection via the phone or their website; you will then walk straight past the queueing hordes to collect your order from the counter.
[Update] Novatech have just opened up a massive 1500 square foot showroom to display their equipment, and also now have more counter staff for order processing ! Recent comments on the mailing list have been less than favourable about the quality of Novatech customer service.
ISL (Ifcco Systems Ltd) in Basingstoke. Can't say I'm impressed by their website, but they have been friendly and helpful when I actually spoke to a real person whether on the phone or in the shop. ISL, Unit 3, Basingstoke Business Centre, Winchester Road, Basingstoke, Hants, RG22 4AU. Tel: 01256 357 351
Worth a Look
Thimbleby & Shorland Auctioneers and Valuers: Selling bankrupt and redundant stock. Generally the last Saturday of each month dates. The advice is to turn up early and test things to make sure they work. Oh, and never, ever, ever, buy a hard disk from them, however tempting it might be. Most of the stuff they sell is more-or-less useless, but you can pick up the odd good bargain.
Maplin Electronics: Good for fans or any small electronic widgets located in various locations around the south including, North End, Portsmouth, East Bargate, Southampton, Bevois Valley Road, Southampton and Oxford Road, Reading, which is near to North Hampshire.
- There's an unpromising looking place in Southampton town centre, near the Portman (?) Building Society near the Bargate. It masquerades as an Internet Cafe, upstairs in one of the offices, but they do sell hardware. It seemed a bit pricey in general, but I got a 60G 2.5" hard disk for a stunning price (although that could just have been because the boss was away and only the clueless assistants were there)
PC World: Good when everything else is closed and you can't survive without some crucial bit of hardware and don't mind paying way over the odds. Also, they sometimes have surprisingly reasonable offers and even the odd decent book. Stores in Portsmouth, Southampton and [[http://www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.srf?x=462291&y=150573&z=0&sv=RG22+4AN&st=2&pc=RG22+4AN&mapp=newmap.srf&searchp=newsearch.srf|
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Clinton Computers, 110 Castle Lane West, Bournemouth Tel: 01202 526766 Fax: 01202 526706 http://www.clinton-computers.co.uk. Not perhaps the cheapest place around, but friendly and helpful. have at least heard of Linux from me nagging them to give it a try. Also stock some digital cameras
Novec Computers, Chichester PO20 2YG: http://www.novecsales.com/ . Used to sell cheap, old-to-obsolete stuff, but their prices are not at all good for most stuff at the moment. I still buy second-hand CRT monitors there. Occasionally worth chatting to if you want something old & obscure (and can describe it - I picked up some Sparc kit there, but I don't think the bloke actually knew what it was).
Rapid PCs, Unit 11, Silver Business Park, Airfield Way, Christchurch, BH23 3TA. http://www.rapidpcs.co.uk/. Not as cheap as mail order, but a lot cheaper than PC World (just around the corner in Somerford Road) with the added bonus of staff who know what they are talking about. Good for cheap, effective repairs.