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Xtra-PC
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About Xtra-PC

Xtra-PC, found online at Xtra-PC.com, is a new product that promises it can bring an old laptop or computer “back to life,” saving customers from having to buy a brand new one whenever they begin to have problems.  

How Does It Work?

Most people are aware that there are a variety of issues that can affect your computer, making it function slower and less reliably, and that all computers eventually begin to have problems just due to their age which makes it frustrating or even impossible to use them for all of your computer needs.

But Xtra-PC says this doesn’t mean that you should just automatically give up these old computers. Instead, you can use their special flash drive which insets into an available USB port on your PC in order to bypass your old, slow Windows operating system and instead uses a Linux system to “make your PC into a blazing fast, high performance PC with a new, simple to use, operating system that has the familiar look and feel of your Windows PC.”

This company says that this product will even work with missing or faulty hard drives, and since it works off a USB, your existing computer and files will not be altered at all. That being said, this product does have a long list of system requirements in order to be able to use this product – customers should refer to their website to see if their computer meets these.

Cost/Price Plans

The Xtra-PC website repeats over and over that their goal is to provide people with a way to “fix” an only laptop or computer for just $25, but the truth is that their Xtra-PC Basic is the only item they have priced at $24.99 and it only offers 8GB of storage. In order to get much more significant storage and speed, you’ll need to upgrade to one of their more expensive USBs, which are priced between $34.99 and $79.99, depending on what kinds of features or storage you are looking for. 

Refund Policy

Their website does say that customers are able to return their purchase within 30 days of the date of the original shipment. Customers must include their order number, name and email of person who bought Xtra-PC, and shipping address in their package when they return this product, otherwise it will not be accepted for return and customers will not be able to receive their refund. In addition, all returns must be in original condition with all original parts and packaging.

It is important to know that this company stays strict to this window of time for returns. Your product must be physically returned within 30 days of the original shipment date – not the delivery date – otherwise you will not be able to receive a refund, regardless of the circumstances that delayed your return. The website even says that if your product is delivered more than 30 days after the original date of shipment that automatically means that you have no opportunity for return. Customers will want to take this strict policy into consideration when they make their purchase.  

Customer Service Contact Info

Customers who wish to contact their Customer Service team with any questions, concerns, or complaints can do so by email at [email protected]   

Reputation

It appears that there are some people pointing out that Linux is an open source operating system, so technically it is free to download and install yourself. But the Xtra-PC is not designed for people who are incredibly technically savvy and informed, it is designed for the average computer user who would have serious difficulty undertaking that kind of a project. 

As for average computer users who have actually attempted to use the Xtra-PC to get new life out of an old laptop or computer, they seem pretty happy with this product all around, describing it as easy to install and use, following through on its promises of simpler and faster operating, and being relatively inexpensive for what it accomplishes. 

All-in-all, it seems as though this product is a good choice for people who want an older computer or laptop to be able to perform the most basic – and most popular – actions of computers, and since they provide a 30 day Refund Policy, even though it is strict, many customers can feel comfortable trying this product for themselves before making a final decision. 

Competitors and Alternatives?

As mentioned above, Linux is an open source operating system and there are various ways to get it installed on your computer so it can be used, however Xtra-PC does seem to have gone the extra mile to ensure the process is as simple as possible.     

If you have experience with this company or their products, please leave your Xtra-PC reviews below.

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DODGY, MIS-ADVERTISED, BETTER AVOIDED.



August17, 2019

See my DETAILED answer to Rob Bing's review. Check about Customs charge, according to cost of device purchased (including the carriage charge) which mAy rocket the final price) And then, if you feel lucky, buy one and see how far you get. Much better, if not sure how to download and install an IMPROVED version of ONE OF the FREE LINUX SYSTEMS, find a pal who is a bit computer savvy WHO WILL DO IT FOR YOU.

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September 10, 2019

I tried not long ago to install the latest iteration of Linux and found issues right from the start. Many components do not even have a driver in linux including the printer.

October 15, 2019

Whatever do you mean by "the latest iteration of Linux," praytell? There are so many distributions (distros, versions) so readily available these days, and most all FOR FREE, your explanation is hardly helpful and clear for either novice or veteran PC users.
As for the notions proposed by Xtra-PC marketers, who would obviously like to MONETIZE their own playing around with their chosen version, which reminds me of the USB stick commonly marketed with pre-loaded software to backup your photos onto the stick without actually having to know how to manage your own files and folders (IOW too bleeping stupid to OWN a computer), these claims are based upon partial truths and do NOT mention even the most OBVIOUS of potential pitfalls or blatant failures!
Yes, there may well be plenty of worthwhile "life" left in an old PC, perhaps even at speeds more like what one might think they remember when the old iron was first purchased, but to expect such without ANY mental effort to learn a whole new operating system is PIE in the SKY.
Interested in learning? I'd suggest starting at DistroWatch for a much more BALANCED perspective!

November 17, 2019

All UK purchasers be aware that you will pay an extra £15 import charge on top of carriage and everything else. I started to install, but backed off when it mentioned the boot menu key. I am pretty sure I know what it is instructing me to do, but feel a bit reticent to go messing about with internal software. Will get the electronics wizard in my family to set this up for me. I should have asked him his opinion in the first place but he was busy with his own life at the time. Tut!

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<span class="updated-review-flag"></span>COMPLETE TRASH!!!



August12, 2019

Don't waste your time and money!!!!!

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August 17, 2019

I agree. The advertising is misleading, as it does not state reality- that it is simply installing a very limited version of a Linux free operating system - if you can manage it - seperately from your existing one. So references to 'bringing back to life/access to that program(Windows/whatever) are totally misleading. If you have two cars in your garage, you can only use one at a time - and one vehicle will have no control over the other. In fact attempting installation on two computers not setup for USB startup means that it is certainly not 'Plug and Play.' Orgainsing this is not something within capabilities of folk noted in review who have little computer knowledge. Two laptops would not find USB nooting and third Dell, which did, opened up installation with a black screen that took ages to brighten up inorder to read. Finallly attmemptng to connect to internet with proper detilas continally failed - so NO INSTALLATION - as this is necessary to download/install needed programs. So, if wishing to take the risk of paying several times over the price of a cheap Cruser memstick to contain a limited version of a free program - which may or may not install, go ahead. Personally this is for me a misleading sales game for a vastly overpriced, 'chancy' product. There are MASSES pages online from American purchasers copndemning this product.

August 28, 2019

Agree. BIGTIME word game with the guarantee...

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Evil



August11, 2019

Clearly the purveyors of this product are evil capitalists and are selling it to make a profit by exploiting the ignorance of ordinary PC users. They should be ashamed of themselves for their greed!

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December 20, 2019

So being a capitalist and making a profit on an item for unsavvy computer users that can save them money, is a bad thing?

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PERFECT SCAM FOR OVERSEAS CUSTOMERS.



July18, 2019

THIS HAS TO BE THE MOST IMMORAL COMPANY GOING. THEY KNOW THAT THEIR RETURNS POLICY WHICH IS AN ACTUAL FACT INCORRECTLY QUOTED HERE IS 30 DAY RETURNS FROM THE TIME OF PLACING ORDER NOT FROM THE DESPATCH DATE. SO ANYONE LIVING OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES IS DOOMED. THEY WILL KISS THEIR MONEY GOODBYE AND THEIR ORDER WILL ARRIVE WITH A FEW DAYS TO SPARE IF THEY ARE LUCKY BUT IT WILL NOT ARRIVE BACK IN THE STATES IN TIME FOR A REFUND UNLESS YOU ARE WILLING TO LOSE EVEN MORE MONEY USING U.P.S BUT THE PACKAGE MUST BE BACK INSIDE THE COMPANY'S OFFICE WITHING THE 30 DAYS. HUGE MASSIVE DISGUSTING SCAM. THEY ADVERTISE ON FACEBOOK BUT THEY ARE IN TROUBLE NOW AS WE IN THE U.K. HAVE A NEW SCAM REPORTING FACILITY AND THEY ARE MY NUMBER ONE TARGET.

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September 03, 2019

The adverts showing facebook are a scam. Look the people up on FB w/their pics...they don't exist.

September 05, 2019

Precisely and that is why I am so pleased that FB has a new policy that PCextra isn't going to like one little bit.

January 10, 2020

if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
why is it people still have trouble with that?!

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scam



July8, 2019

It is a scam... just a downloaded copy of free os from the Linux family... and it did what the original does... mess up windows.
And the fine print regarding returns covers their butts so just count it as experience...

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Thanks



May5, 2019

After reading all of your reviews, I won't be buying it. Sorry to hear about all of your troubled.

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June 13, 2019

Will I keep all my Internet favorites and folders if I install XtrtaPC or get a Linux download?

September 08, 2019

try linux mint, very much like windows

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Worked for me



March19, 2019

Just plug it into the USB and follow the card to Hit the key for boot modifying for your model computer during power up then change the boot order to include the USB if it is not already on there.
Your computer is generally going to look for a bootable CD/ Floppy, harddrive, usb or network drive in that order. It will stop and use the first one that has a boot block. Now if your computer has a USB2 or 3 its going to be faster booting and running. Is generally a function key
Mine came up in a few seconds. It has software for firefox web browser, email, music, pictures and office programs. Naturally, only programs compiled for Linux work Not windows programs.If you want that, you might be able to find a Linux windows simulator. Good bye Microsoft, its been hell knowing you.

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August 17, 2019

I only agree with your last sentence. Otherwise YOU ARE TYPICALLY MISSING THE POINT OF THIS DEVICE, AS ADVERTISED. You and I obviously have technical knowledge and this thing is supposedly aimed at the people who know little or nothing and are relying on 'Plug and Play.' The advertising is completely misleading. If it stated that it is simply a very low-based Linux program (okay, let's walk around the FREE!) THAT WIL HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE EXISTING ONE (Windows/whatever)THAT WOULD BE REASONABLE. It is worded as though it will somehow 'spruce up' your exisiting operating system. If you have two cars in your garage, you can only drive one at a time and either one cannot communicate with the other. The amount of reviews on American Amazon, etc., totally trashing this device and its vastly inflated cost are legion and apart from being doubtful as to it being easily installed by many novices it quote where it has trashed Windows into the bargain. I'm savvy after 20 years dedication and 'thinking sideways' where Windows is concerned. Have six computers. Two of them needed much work in order to get them to accept booting from USB, (a foreign language to multitudes of owners) and a Dell did offer that system upfront - but screen went dark so instuctions for this crappy device could not be read until much fiddling brought it up. Finally would not connect to internet with exactly correct details. Puzzled, I checked by disconnecting and reconnecting another computer to the Net - no problem - so GO FIGURE! This needed to operate, of course. No luck either with the other two and for bloody-mindedness will try another computer.....and then proceed to see about installing a reasonable version of Linux at NO COST - except of time - which is NOT WHAT THIS MOB ARE OFFERING TO NON-TECH-MINDED FOLK. As for the returns policy - doubly maddening, as their advertising doesn't note that if value over £16, when receiving in the UK one is done for Extra VAT AND £8 Post Office charge - is just a sick joke!
All in all a masterpiece in miss-selling.

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DO NOT BUY



February6, 2019

OVERPRICED AND DOESN'T WORK. MESSED UP MY COMPUTER. MONEY BACK GUARANTEE IS A LAUGH. THIS IS A SCAM. STAY AWAY FROM THIS PRODUCT!!!!

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March 19, 2019

Doesn't even use your hard drive unless you navigate there. So how can it mess up your computer. You probably changed your boot order wrong. change it back.

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