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.
44 ‘Xtra-PC’ Reviews
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.
Don't waste your time and money!!!!!
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!
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.
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...
After reading all of your reviews, I won't be buying it. Sorry to hear about all of your troubled.
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.