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Rapid advancement in the electronics industry has led to a decrease in the lifespan of electronics. The need to reduce e-waste and control the amount of waste sent to combustion facilities has necessitated refurbishment of laptops and computers.

Refurbishment of electronics ensures higher resource efficiency and improves the lifespan of the electronic merchandise.

So are you part of the refurbished laptops craze? Let us look at the pros and cons of these second-hand devices.

Why Refurbished Laptops?

Let’s first look at what refurbishment actually means. It can refer to a number of issues relating to recycled electronics such as:

It could mean that the Laptop was defective, returned to the manufacturer for repair and is up for resale.

It could also refer to a Laptop that has been used for several years and is being resold in the market.

Faulty or damaged parts in laptops are replaced to make the refurbished version as good as new. Therefore, the quality of a refurbished laptop is almost as good.

But why refurbished laptops?

A Price That’s Right

Refurbished laptops are just as good as new ones, if not better, because they have been tested.

In fact, many people are of the opinion that a refurbished laptop is basically brand new. They say it’s like buying a car with 1,000 miles on it, but 25-30% off, more or less. It’s like the seller tells you “It’s all good, we tested” and you get the value of an almost brand new car, at a fair price.

Quality, Backed by Warranty

Refurbished goods come with a warranty, just like a new one would. Should you get a laptop that is less satisfactory, you can return it to your vendor for replacement.

To Do Your Bit

Refurbishment of electronics results in reduced pollution and is energy saving. Using refurbished electronics protects the environment by ensuring a decline in mining, refining, and processing of raw materials.

The Downside of Refurbished Laptops

Refurbished laptops generally come with a limited warranty as compared to new devices. New laptops can have warranty extending to a three-year period while refurbished laptops can have a month to three months warranty. This means that in the case of failure of a refurbished laptop, it is difficult to get a replacement once the short warranty period is over.

Comments | Posted By Jason Townsend

The “Special Deals” tab on your e-store holds some interesting options. If you check it out, you would be surprised to find some amazing some deals on factory refurbished laptops and computers.

These products are categorized as Refurbished Products and offer a discount ranging from 10% to 75%, depending on the age of the product.

What is a Factory Refurbished Laptop?

When customers are not happy with the laptop they receive, they return it to the seller. It is important to understand that the returned laptop doesn’t necessarily imply that the product is faulty. The laptops are returned due to a variety of reasons.

A laptop may be returned due to a delivery mix up. At times, buyers find the specifications of the laptop below their actual requirement. They opt for a replacement in such a case. A laptop used for demo in the stores is also resold as a refurbished laptop.

Reasons like poor packaging can also result in a laptop being returned. In fact, laptops which are returned to the seller due to any reason are generally put on sale under the refurbished laptop category.

What Happens to a Returned Laptop?

When a laptop is returned to the manufacturer it undergoes a strict testing process.

The testing process is not limited to the part that the buyer complained about (if any). It encompasses all the parts of the laptop. The factory refurbished laptops have their hard drives wiped cleaned and operating system reinstalled to ensure that they work as good as a new one. They go through all the quality checks and are repackaged and put on sale again as a refurbished laptop only after they pass all the quality checks.

Hence, a refurbished laptop works as good as a new one with the same configuration.

Should You Buy a Factory Refurbished Laptop?

Laptops are often used for simple operations like web browsing, watching movies, office work etc. If your needs are similar, a refurbished laptop would be a good idea.

The downside of buying a refurbished laptop is that you may not find the latest models and customization may not be offered by resellers.

A laptop which is one year old will easily meet the expected performance level for the most of us. And if you're a business looking for a bulk deal, you can get some exciting deals in addition to the usual discount from the resellers.

Bottom Line

If a refurbished laptop is sufficient to take care of your requirements, you should look at it positively. You will get a good deal along with a guarantee/warranty that covers the failure risk. It is especially suitable for students and bulk deal seekers.

Do not discard the option of a refurbished laptop just because you feel that it is somehow an inferior product.

Comments | Posted By Jason Townsend

Going for a secondhand, refurbished computer can save you a LOT of money if you find the right seller. How much, you ask? 

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