Refurbished Computers

May 10, 2010

You may have seen refurbished computers for sale, especially online. But what does refurbished really mean and should you purchase a refurbished computer?

The problem with the term refurbished is that it can mean a couple of different things when it comes to computers. And there seem to be no laws that specify how it may be used. In the world of computers, a refurbished computer is usually one of two things. A new computer that was fixed, or a used computer that was either fixed, or fixed up.

Refurbished new computers are computers that were built, but didn’t pass the manufacturer’s tests. They are then sent to a department of the company where they are fixed and then sold as refurbished. These computers have all new parts and most of the time come with the same warranty as a new computer.

Used computers are often advertised as refurbished, but there is a big difference between refurbished new computers and refurbished used computers. Refurbished used computers are not new and could be any age. The parts used to fix them could be new or they could be used as well. Used computers usually carry anywhere from a 30 day to a 90 day warranty.

Should you purchase a refurbished computer? That depends.  If you are in the market for a used computer, then a refurbished used computer is not really much different than buying a used computer. Just a different word for pretty much the same thing. The only difference there is that the refurbished computer might have some brand new parts in it, so it might last longer. Then again, it might have used parts in it.

As for refurbished new computers, they are just as good as new computers. They are slightly cheaper, but generally not a lot cheaper. There are just two things to keep in mind. First, make sure the refurbished new computer has the same warranty as a comparable new computer. The other thing to keep in mind is that a refurbished new computer is generally sold with whatever configuration it was built in. So you can’t go online and configure it exactly the way you would want it. So if you want a very specific configuration, it might be a little harder to find the computer you are looking for.

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