Here is the deal. What if I tell you that you can go online right now and buy a Laptop that is almost as good as a new one but costs a lot less than a brand new machine. Well, I do not know whether you will believe me or not but this here is the truth. These Laptops, which we call “Refurbished”, give out some of the best value. The best thing about it is that you also get a warranty with it in case anything goes wrong with it.
So, should you buy a refurbished laptop? Well, what isn’t there to love about it?
Where do refurbished laptops come from?
During the manufacturing process of Laptops, companies try each and every piece to check if they are of the proper quality and tick all the boxes that need to be ticked. If a Laptop falls short from any of the tests, it is tossed on to the side and then sent for being refurbished. The parts with the lower quality are either replaced or are reinforced. Once they fulfill that, they are not sent to be sold as new, but instead, they are sold as refurbished models.
There are also customers who buy a new Laptop and then send it for replacement because of some problems with it. The old laptop is replaced with a new one for the customer. The old one also gets refurbished and then later sold.
Some laptops that got their box opened are also sold as refurbished.
Now, what does one need to check and look for before buying a Laptop that is refurbished. Here is what you need to look for.
- Warranty is important
The very first thing you need to look for while buying a refurbished Laptop is to see whether or not you are given a warranty. There are plenty of resellers that will give you a warranty on the product they are selling. This warranty makes sure that they are ready to stand by the product in case anything goes wrong with it. Buy from any reseller that is ready to give you at least a year’s warranty with the product. If someone is not ready to stand by their product, then you should steer clear from it.
- Examine the laptop
Once the Laptop is in front of you, look at it like you are expecting to see something wrong with it. Check the hinges, the panel, the ports and every nook of the Laptop. Look for any damage that might have been caused to it. Do not always expect the cleanest piece for every refurbished laptop but you should be able to mark it at least a 9 out of 10 for the condition it is in. If you see something you do not like, ask for them to show you another one.
- Check the battery
The most important thing in a laptop to consider is its battery life. If the battery is not good, you might have gone and bought a desktop for the money and got a better price for performance. So check the battery life of the laptop thoroughly and see if it is upto the specification standards. Refurbished laptops usually get a battery replacement when they hit the repair table, however, you still need to be sure about it.
- Check the screen
Checking the screen on a refurbished model is also very important. The first thing you need to check is whether the screen has any scratches or smudges on it. If it does then return it. Also check if the screen is of the correct resolution as advertised in the specifications. There are times when a screen is advertised as 1080p in the specs sheet, but in reality, the screen is of a lower quality, normally 768p which is very common. If the screen resolution and condition meet the advertised specs, then you can be sure that you are getting a good Laptop.
So, in conclusion, should you buy refurbished Laptops? The answer is ‘Yes’ you should. Provided the laptop is as it was advertised, with a warranty and in a good condition. You are going to save a lot of money on it.