Central Computers Inc

★★★☆☆
  • 837 Howard St

    San Francisco, CA 94103

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  • 415-495-5888

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After ignorantly enriching this business for years, my nearly 70-year-old friend consulted me on his perpetually crashing system that was originally purchased from them and that their repair department had just returned to him. My friend's computing needs are stereotypically modest: email, browsing, and word processing. As soon as I saw the case Central sold him, I smelled elder financial abuse. My friend, who subsists on a monthly social security check, had no problem describing his rudimentary technology needs to me, yet Central sold him an opulent, giant Cooler Master Stacker 830 case $200+ with a comically mismatched Asus micro ATX motherboard/Intel Core i5 2500 $300+, GeForce 650 Ti gaming card $170+, and 8GB RAM/1TB hard drive $200.

As recounted in other reviews of their repair service, a new hard drive is this business's panacea for software problems: To solve intermittent blue screen crashes, Central sold my friend another 1TB hard drive $100+. By the time this computer came to my attention, Central had extracted around $1,000 of his retirement funds, hours of labor transporting the Goliath case back and forth from Pacifica, and weeks of down time. Regrettably, my friend abhors confrontation, will not demand a refund, and is doomed to return there for an adapter they failed to supply with the $170+ gaming video card to make his ancient analog VGA monitor connectable.

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After ignorantly enriching this business for years, my nearly 70-year-old friend consulted me on his perpetually crashing system that was originally purchased from them and that their repair department had just returned to him. My friend's computing needs are stereotypically modest: email, browsing, and word processing. As soon as I saw the case Central sold him, I smelled elder financial abuse. My friend, who subsists on a monthly social security check, had no problem describing his rudimentary technology needs to me, yet Central sold him an opulent, giant Cooler Master Stacker 830 case $200+ with a comically mismatched Asus micro ATX motherboard/Intel Core i5 2500 $300+, GeForce 650 Ti gaming card $170+, and 8GB RAM/1TB hard drive $200.

As recounted in other reviews of their repair service, a new hard drive is this business's panacea for software problems: To solve intermittent blue screen crashes, Central sold my friend another 1TB hard drive $100+. By the time this computer came to my attention, Central had extracted around $1,000 of his retirement funds, hours of labor transporting the Goliath case back and forth from Pacifica, and weeks of down time. Regrettably, my friend abhors confrontation, will not demand a refund, and is doomed to return there for an adapter they failed to supply with the $170+ gaming video card to make his ancient analog VGA monitor connectable.

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I sent my newly-bought laptop to install a new dual core processor. They promised they could finish in two days. They never called when it was installed. I walked into the store to collect it on the third day without their notification. The laptop was sitting there and it was completed (and they did not call me). I turned on the laptop on the spot and discovered that the keyboard was not working. Apparently, they broke my keyboard. Since that day onwards, all I heard from Central Computers was that they could finish fixing it either today or tomorrow. But they never kept their words. They said they would call but never. This store is basically have no service and so unreliable. On last thing, I hope they hire employees that could speak proper English. I, myself, coming from Singapore can speak better English than some of the staffs there. What a shame!

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I sent my newly-bought laptop to install a new dual core processor. They promised they could finish in two days. They never called when it was installed. I walked into the store to collect it on the third day without their notification. The laptop was sitting there and it was completed (and they did not call me). I turned on the laptop on the spot and discovered that the keyboard was not working. Apparently, they broke my keyboard. Since that day onwards, all I heard from Central Computers was that they could finish fixing it either today or tomorrow. But they never kept their words. They said they would call but never. This store is basically have no service and so unreliable. On last thing, I hope they hire employees that could speak proper English. I, myself, coming from Singapore can speak better English than some of the staffs there. What a shame!

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I've bought the components to build 5-6 machines here as well as upgrades and a laptop. It definitely helps to know exactly what you want when you get helped.

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I've bought the components to build 5-6 machines here as well as upgrades and a laptop. It definitely helps to know exactly what you want when you get helped.

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I like Central because they are independent and local. However, it is very difficult to deal with Central for service issues because they do not understand business office SYSTEMS and how people actually use the products they offer. I have tried to help them understand, but when I try some thing is lost in the translation. They should consider opening their doors and letting in an experience service provider to help them in tis area.

PROS: Independent and local
CONS: Customer Service, any service for that matter

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★☆☆☆☆

I like Central because they are independent and local. However, it is very difficult to deal with Central for service issues because they do not understand business office SYSTEMS and how people actually use the products they offer. I have tried to help them understand, but when I try some thing is lost in the translation. They should consider opening their doors and letting in an experience service provider to help them in tis area.

PROS: Independent and local
CONS: Customer Service, any service for that matter

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They have a pretty good selection of hardware, but don't expect to go there for assistance! There staff is usually tied up working with other things to assist the people who are there shopping. They have a wide selection of cables, from audio to video to computers, that I have tapped into many different times. They may not have everything in stock at the time, but they replenish quite often. I definitely suggest a browse through if you are in need of hardware for your computer.

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★★★★☆

They have a pretty good selection of hardware, but don't expect to go there for assistance! There staff is usually tied up working with other things to assist the people who are there shopping. They have a wide selection of cables, from audio to video to computers, that I have tapped into many different times. They may not have everything in stock at the time, but they replenish quite often. I definitely suggest a browse through if you are in need of hardware for your computer.

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They have a very wide selection of hardware ( including server hardware ). They have pretty good prices. They don't have retail items like laptops and such. I've gone to this store quite a few times and it's a pretty good store.

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They have a very wide selection of hardware ( including server hardware ). They have pretty good prices. They don't have retail items like laptops and such. I've gone to this store quite a few times and it's a pretty good store.

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I really liked this computer store, they helped me out when I was clueless about what to get for my computer. They helped me find what I needed and didn't try to include other things I didn't need. Great place to buy and great customer service. Has the lastest technology and great prices to boot. Large store with many different items for different people.

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I really liked this computer store, they helped me out when I was clueless about what to get for my computer. They helped me find what I needed and didn't try to include other things I didn't need. Great place to buy and great customer service. Has the lastest technology and great prices to boot. Large store with many different items for different people.

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Central Computer Systems is an independently-owned computer store where you can pick up just about any computer part that you may need. It's more like a warehouse than a store, which beautifully translates to that the parts you will pick up will be near-factory direct prices. Much cheaper than Best Buy a mile or two away, and much, much cheaper than CompUSA just up the street, Central Computer Systems also offer service on your parts and will fix all types of computer problems quickly, easily, and for a good price. They also build complete systems tailored to your custom tastes. Central Computer Systems have weekly sales that will drop the prices of dozens of items even lower, so make sure to check out the deals before you start shopping there. Their only problem is that their service isn't too great, despite the fact that there are so many employees, but I think it's worth it to sacrifice a bit of good service for really good prices and knowledge on computer parts.

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★★★★☆

Central Computer Systems is an independently-owned computer store where you can pick up just about any computer part that you may need. It's more like a warehouse than a store, which beautifully translates to that the parts you will pick up will be near-factory direct prices. Much cheaper than Best Buy a mile or two away, and much, much cheaper than CompUSA just up the street, Central Computer Systems also offer service on your parts and will fix all types of computer problems quickly, easily, and for a good price. They also build complete systems tailored to your custom tastes. Central Computer Systems have weekly sales that will drop the prices of dozens of items even lower, so make sure to check out the deals before you start shopping there. Their only problem is that their service isn't too great, despite the fact that there are so many employees, but I think it's worth it to sacrifice a bit of good service for really good prices and knowledge on computer parts.

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