Pre-pandemic, a record number of businesses were choosing to work remotely or at least offer flexible working to their employees. As of October 2020, 24% of those employed in the UK were working remotely, mainly due to the coronavirus pandemic. When an employee starts working from home, the employer should provide them with a device that will allow them to do their job adequately. However, the task of equipping remote employees with suitable devices was a challenge for employers up and down the country.

Remote working brings new challenges

An issue that arose in March, when millions of people began working from home almost immediately, was that many did not have access to a suitable device for the work they were doing. Employers did not have sufficient time to weigh up the best options regarding devices. Many employers will have purchased affordable laptops and desktops that may not have the correct requirements for the work their employees are doing. The situation was intensified further by a temporary shortage of devices due to a sudden surge in demand and supply chain disruptions in China.

Thankfully, the supply chain problems were soon fixed and demand began to slow down. However, many employers will now be looking to replace the devices that their employees are currently using. In many cases, replacing devices completely is unnecessary. Unfortunately, approximately 49,000,000 tons of electric waste has been thrown out in 2020. That is like throwing away 800 laptops every second! Why throw away devices that are slightly damaged when they could be repaired and made more powerful by our expert team for an affordable price?

The Origin Storage Configuration Service

Our custom Configuration Services give resellers, and by extension employers, the ability to save money by having devices upgraded quickly and affordably. Our Configuration Services allow resellers to offer their customers updates to systems and/or custom repairs, which ensures that customers are getting a service that is both personalised and excellent value. The good news just keeps on coming, as our configuration activities do not affect OEM warranty. If a device is found to be faulty due to the manufacturing process, the warranty will not be voided if you have used our Configuration Services in the past.

Upgrades and repairs

We all know that older devices can run into a range of issues such as insufficient memory, damaged keyboards, cracked screens and more; the list goes on. We offer a range of upgrade and repair services such as memory, HDD and SSD upgrades, keyboard, laptop screen replacements and more. We have a purpose-built upgrade facility where our technicians work with your system using compatible products to bring it back to its former glory. If you would like to utilise our Configuration Services, contact us today and a member of our team will be on hand to help you.

Explore our varied product range

For over a decade, Origin Storage has been an established provider to many of the IT industry’s leading resellers. At the heart of our success lies a dedicated team of trusted advisers with a wealth of knowledge in storage, memory, security, and suitable accessories for a wide range of devices. Our strong business relationships allow us to continually expand and seek fresh, innovative new products to add to the market place. So if you’re looking for high-quality, compatible IT solutions that don’t break the bank, you’re in the right place. You can browse our range of products here.

In March, the coronavirus lockdown threw businesses into disarray. Millions of people began working from home if they could, and businesses had to scramble to find suitable devices for them to be able to work from home. The issue with sudden change is that there is not sufficient time to weigh up the best options regarding devices. Many employers will have purchased affordable laptops and desktops that may not have the correct requirements for the work their employees are doing. 

One study conducted one month into the UK lockdown found that almost a fifth of workers said the quality of the laptop, desktop or tablet they were using for work was negatively affecting their productivity. The last thing that companies need during a global pandemic, which has led to a deep recession, is a dramatic drop in productivity. Businesses must provide their employees with devices that enable them to complete their work to a high standard and do not negatively impact their productivity. The problem is that new devices are expensive and delivery times can be long,  especially when demand is high. 

The solution is simple: don’t buy new devices, upgrade them! 

You might be thinking ‘how can I upgrade devices affordably?’ Here’s how… 


An SSD is the best upgrade you can give a device, and prices have reduced significantly over the years. In 2012, for example, SSD prices halved in less than a year. The primary benefit of SSDs over  HDDs is their speed. This means that devices with SSD’s boot faster, have quicker file transfer speeds. In March, when the lockdown began, the chances are that many employers bought portable devices, but may not contain the best SSD for the work employees are undertaking. Here at Origin Storage, we offer affordable SSD’s that are 100% compatible with devices that do not invalidate OEM warranties. By updating devices with new, more powerful SSD’s, employers can save hundreds of pounds without compromising on computing power.


As we discussed in a previous article, memory upgrades are essential if a system has been routinely upgraded over time. As operating systems progress, they need more memory to run efficiently. By upgrading a device’s memory, rather than buying a whole new system, employers can improve the user experience for their employees, which leads to increased productivity. Origin Storage offers a wide range of memory which, like our SSD’s, is 100% compatible and does not invalidate OEM  warranty. 

Travel docks 

Many people prefer laptops over desktops due to their portability; however, some laptops may have limited USB ports, meaning other devices cannot be attached seamlessly. Origin Storage offers a  wide range of docking station solutions, and our portfolio is still growing in order to continue to provide a solution for every situation. An increasing number of people now work from home or anywhere with internet connectivity. As a result, it is more important than ever that they use devices that work seamlessly. With Origin Storage’s range of docking solutions, users can plug in numerous devices at a time through HDMI, ethernet, and USB-C ports. This means that individuals can connect their laptop to a monitor, have a stable internet connection and use other USB enabled devices all at the same time.

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There are numerous benefits to upgrading devices rather than buying new ones: saving money,  improve device power and efficiency, and save parts from being thrown away needlessly. 

Our custom upgrade services give resellers the power they need to compete on a larger scale, and their customers and end-users go on to enjoy the benefits of our expertise. Get in touch with us today to discuss your upgrade requirements in more detail.