The last few years have seen a significant rise in the availability and popularity of refurbished laptops. Stigmas about buying a ‘used’ gadget is still out there but economic anxieties seem to have shaken credibility of many of them. In this article, I shall be presenting a brief review of what refurbished laptops are and complement the introduction with a few tips for those interested in purchasing a refurbished notebook.
Although ‘refurbished’ tag usually stand for an electronic machine that has been assembled together using used and/or new computer parts, refurbished laptops available in the market comprise mostly of PCs that have been returned to sellers and manufacturers by unsatisfied customers. Do not let this artful definition deter you. Many customers change their minds because of minute details pretty quickly. An iffy space bar or a misplaced sticker is adequate reason for some to ask for a replacement. Reason for return might be even less ominous than that. Sometimes customers think that the machine’s specs did not perform according to their expectations. In some cases specs are more advanced than required and, in some cases, it is the other way around. Furthermore, upon inquiries by interested customers, some manufacturers and retailers might be willing to disclose why the unit was returned. It is also quite common that demo machines are sold again as refurbished by manufacturers. Another common source of refurbished machines is brand new or used business laptop stocks of bankrupt companies. It should be noted that customers of refurbished laptops almost never receive laptops without a comprehensive test by retailer, manufacturer or seller.
Just like a used car, sellers and manufacturers makes sure that a steady hand checks the refurbished laptops. Product manufacturer examines all the systems making sure each unit meets factory standards. This examination includes careful testing of laptops’ system condition and power systems. Faulty parts are replaced instantaneously and unit’s hardware is harmonized. Some refurbished machines may include old accessories (e.g set of speakers) and they are similarly inspected for any defects, scratches and dents to make sure they are all in good condition. Simply put, a society that is so keen on purchasing second hand cars has no rational reason for resisting buying refurbished laptops. There are, on the other hand, a few things that an interested customer looking for a refurbished laptop deal should be on the look out for.
First and foremost, potential buyers should limit their search to reputable manufacturers and authorized distributors. It makes much more sense to buy a refurbished unit straight from the manufacturer’s web site. Big-box stores allow customers to have a hands-on inspection and would be another good venue. Finally and most importantly, the refurbished unit should be backed up by a decent warranty and a reliable returns policy.