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Tips on Buying Refurbished Laptops

Aug 25, 2008
Are you in the market for a new laptop but are in sticker shock from the price tag? You may have decided to purchase a laptop for convenience in addition to your desktop. Maybe you want to try out using a laptop before you decide if one will fit your needs. Buying a refurbished laptop could be a good solution for you.

Laptops are gaining in popularity, with free public wireless access becoming more common. With laptops lasting an average of three-five years, why spend money on a brand new computer when you can select a reliable refurbished model for less.

Refurbished laptops have been thoroughly checked out, repaired if necessary, and renovated to bring them up to date. These laptops are offered at a discounted cost with a guaranteed return policy. One drawback is you may have less time to return a refurbished laptop. Manufacturers usually offer extended warranties from ninety days to two years.

There are several reasons why these refurbished laptops have been returned. It could be as simple as the consumer was not satisfied with the computer. Many laptops are returned because there was a minor flaw such as dents, or scratches. Other machines are previously leased from companies who have upgraded their models. Corporate IT departments refresh their leased equipment each year with new laptops.

What is the difference between a refurbished laptop and a used computer? Refurbished laptops are for the most part, rebuilt by the manufacturer. They upgrade the laptop to the latest technology. Used laptops are usually sold "as is". When buying used laptops, technical testing and upgrades are not provided.

You can buy a refurbished laptop direct from one of the top manufacturers, such as Dell, or Sony. Dell and many of the well-known computer companies have online outlet stores with great deals on refurbished laptops. They advertise computers as much as 50% off the original price. The laptops will usually be tagged: certified refurbished, previously ordered new, scratch & dent, and off-lease.

You will have the option to add-on extra features including additional RAM, and software. Many of the refurbished laptop retailers will include free shipping.

Check out EBay for refurbished laptops. You will be able to read feedback from previous customers about the seller's reputation. When dealing with online-refurbished laptop sellers, call their customer support phone number to find out how responsive they are.

Two important questions to ask are if the hard drive and memory have been replaced. Age of the hard drive and memory are crucial. You want to be certain the CD Rom/DVD drive is operational since the tray often shows signs of wear first. Remember, laptops are more susceptible to drops and bumps since they are carried around by the users.

Find out what operating system is included. If a new Microsoft Windows operating system is installed, be sure to get valid serial numbers for your records. Make certain they include the accompanying CD if needed for later use. Do not discount this shopping avenue, reputable online deals may be just what you bargained for. Buying a refurbished laptop may be a deal you cannot refuse!
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