4 Things to Expect When Buying A Refurbished Laptop

4 Things to Expect When Buying A Refurbished Laptop
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With so many new brands of laptops in the market today, why would anyone consider buying a refurbished laptop?

Well, some circumstances may require it: you might suddenly lose your laptop through theft, or it might crash on you, and you need a replacement as soon as possible.

Cash is another factor: if you’re looking to save money, a refurbished laptop can be the perfect solution.

If you’d like a laptop for your child, for example, to test their level of responsibility, you could start them on a refurbished laptop before splurging on a more expensive machine.

In addition, you might simply not be a heavy computer user.

If you only do the basics, such as word processing, web browsing and entertainment, not heavy usage such as gaming, a refurbished laptop is an excellent solution.

Despite all these advantages, there are lots of horror stories about refurbished laptops. As with all secondhand or used electronics, there is a fear of being ripped off or getting a device that might fail after very short use.

However, if you check your expectations, and keep these tips in mind, you can find a refurbished machine that meets all your needs without fear.

1. Buy reputable brands.

There is no limit to the brands of refurbished laptops on the market today, but Dell is highly recommended.

They refurbish their own machines, so you can be sure of good quality with a Dell refurbished laptop: you can identify them by the handwritten serial numbers on the laptops that confirm that the device has been thoroughly cleaned and checked.

They also come with genuine OS installed, so you won’t need to worry about any error messages that your copy of Windows is not genuine.

Confirm this by right-clicking on the Computer icon, then “Properties”, and then checking under the “Windows Activation” section.

2. Expect about half the brand new battery life.

For example, if the brand new laptop promised eight hours of battery life, a refurbished laptop may give you three or four hours tops.

This should be good enough to serve your needs because you ideally would carry your laptop cable wherever you go anyway, and it should be sufficient if you’re using your refurbished laptop for basic or light tasks.

3. You will need lots of updates.

Your refurbished laptop will likely come with an old version of Windows, so the first thing you will need to do is to get connected to the internet and get all the necessary updates and drivers – display, Bluetooth, sound, and so on – to make your machine work perfectly.

Refurbished laptops often come with a version of Windows 7, but if you would like to upgrade to Windows 10, ensure that the laptop you purchase has enough RAM to run Windows 10.

This is because refurbished laptops are generally older models, and sometimes they may not have the capacity for OS upgrades or RAM expansion.

4. Buy in person, not online.

With refurbished laptops, it is important to get your eyeballs on the device yourself.

Refurbished laptops are used laptops, so look for signs of wear like faded keyboard letters or a worn touchpad.

In most cases with factory-refurbished laptops mentioned in #1, the hardware should be intact, but it’s best to check everything from the screen to the battery charger.

When you’re buying it in person, you can also check the startup time to gauge the laptop’s speed. A refurbished laptop can be a great choice when you’re shopping for a laptop.

These tips should get you closer to finding a refurbished laptop that can serve you just as well as a brand new one at a fraction of the cost.

  • estheraukpong

    You really pinpoints on the areas we should look out for. I think the best bet is to buy a refurbished laptop offline,this will help one really know and see what he or she is buying

  • Rizzee Cerdeñola

    All the tips are helpful and realistic. We may have a best catch but a good one is okay.

  • Obalade Damilola

    I don’t like buying refurbished laptops because of the lifespan but like you said, their are some unforseen circumstances that could push us to buy this laptops..like theft or low cash or your system just acting up at a time you need it most and you are low on cash…
    Well,this tips will definitely help..and I have always known that dell laptop is the best..Great share..

  • meldred judith

    These tips helps me decide to pick what laptop I will get if ever mine crashes on me. I vouch that Dell is really a good deal since I purchased mine in their shop, they had informed me that they have refurbised ones too and that they are the one who repairs it. But if you can afford a brandnew one, then go for it.

  • 1990mk

    I don’t like buying refurbished laptop due to the horror stories of the other who patronize them. Though there’s nothing wrong in buying one if you can’t afford buying a brand new laptop, just be careful I guess.

  • Frank Jerry

    In as much as I would’nt want to buy a refurbished laptop but I believe you raise vital points to check out when buying a refurbished one. It good to get a better brand.

  • Luffy Zorro

    I only buy second hand machines for short term use. Overall though brand new is and will always be better. If you have a budget I suggest you go brand new even if it is expensive.

  • Roy

    The worst part of a refurbished laptop is the battery. Most of the time it’s very poor.

  • Meg Sanders

    Buying a refurbished laptop online is the worst thing anyone can do. More often than not you may get scammed.

  • Patricia Mbili

    The only upside about refurbished laptops is the cost. Otherwise I would always recommend getting a brand new laptop.

  • Oliver Tatu

    It’s super important to buy a reputable brand. A lot of shady manufacturers out there put out substandard machines.

  • Phoebe Jandice

    The lack of a warranty when buying refurbished laptops is a big deal breaker for me. I really need that assurance.

  • Hanna B.

    I prefer buying new product when it comes to laptops or other gadgets. But these tips are all good for people who are on a budget.

  • Jane Njeri

    Buying a refurbished laptop can be challenging if you are not well informed. This was very helpful to know.

  • Baraka Telle

    Its always good to know what to expect especially when buying a laptop bbefore you go to buy it. This will enable you know how to negotiate for the right deal.

  • Roberayt Mucheru

    Wow i was actually in the market the other day i never really found what i was looking for. But now that i have this article and information as a guide i will choose wisely. Thanks.