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.
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.
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]
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.
50 ‘Xtra-PC’ Reviews
Will not use this device at all. I successfully installed it, but you have to use a different browser and install a completely email address and internet codes. Not what I had in mind will not use it after I paid good money for it. So sorry i let this get in my head.Joanna
I wrote something earlier on the Xtra-PC page, but it hasn't shown up on the reviews. What I said in that review was that I wasn't happy with the Xtra-PC because it didn't increase my computer speed nor did it even affect my Windows program, which I thought it would. It actually runs an entirely different operating system (Linux) which means that I have to push one of the F or Esc buttons as soon as my computer turns on (and push some arrow buttons too), which allows it to boot from that program, not Windows. Since I'm not really computer savvy, I don't know how to use the Linux system and therefore can not take advantage of the benefits that it might have. Also I think that Linux is an Open Source system, which means, that it's free to anyone who wants to use it (I think, but I may be wrong). I only bought the least expensive product and I'm glad that I did because it was still a lot of money to spend on something that really isn't helping my computer speed.
I bought the EXTRA PC PRO cannot download it... When I try all I can get is (Invalid Signature) and I am unable to go any futher...No matter what I do , my computer will NOT go past the invalid signature... SO, I give it a rating of "O" a total waste of money...
As pointed out in the article above, it runs Linux, and actually (as far as I can tell) only a very slightly reskinned version of LXDE (the start menu button and desktop are different). You can have essentially the same system by installing Debian and selecting the LXDE option it actually handily provides, without being too tech savvy.
If the price was low enough to be on par with a USB stick of the same size, I would actually probably recommend this product - because even though running an OS on a USB stick isn't the best idea for performance in a lot of cases, to essentially refurbish a perfectly good but very old computer it is more than enough.
thanks for the reviews saved me money can't give a rating didn't place an order.
I learned the hard way. Do not waste your time or money on this trash. My computer locked up with this device, I now see it does not work with Windows, was not told that upfront. Since I opened the pack to use this thing I violated the return option. So I am stuck with trash.
The USB drive that came with Xtra-PC has 32 GB printed on it, but when I ran the properties function on this drive, it said 46.2 MB total capacity. This is nowhere near 1 Gig, how much more 32GB.
Is this intentional fraud or a matter of different operating systems?
I need answers else, it will be escalated to proper decision oversights.
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.