New Laptops vs. Used / Refurbished Laptops
Should you buy new or used?
Let's face it, laptops are expensive gadgets to buy. Everyone wants a laptop that runs well and can perform the tasks he or she needs to get done; however, very few people are willing to pay through the nose for it. But, if you buy a cheaper model, or a used or refurbished laptop, are you still getting the quality you need? Is buying new really the best choice? Choosing between a new or used laptop can be even more difficult than choosing between an Apple or IBM, especially if you're on a budget.
Buying new laptops
New laptops are obviously the best choice because no one has ever used them before and you're certain to get a full warranty that will ensure that any problems you encounter will be serviced at no charge. Furthermore, by purchasing new, you are sure to get the latest technology available on the market. New laptops have all the best entertainment and media options and are normally built to support upgrades and add-ons. You can choose the configuration you want or buy a laptop already configured for your needs. New laptops offer you versatility and variety while keeping you up-to-date with all the electronic trends.
New laptops can be very expensive, though. If your laptop is not going to be your main computer or if you can't afford to buy a new laptop, this poses a problem. As well, new laptops can come with bugs that the manufacturer missed, and sending it back for repair can be troublesome. However, it's rare that you'll buy a new laptop from a trusted brand that has problems that will require you to send it back to the manufacturer. If you are unlucky and purchase a laptop that is defective, the warranty on a new laptop will pay for any servicing and courier costs.
Buying refurbished laptops
Refurbished laptops are, in a sense, laptops that have been "renovated." A user will buy a new laptop and return it to the store within three months for any number of reasons. The store can't sell the laptop new, so it sends the computer back to the manufacturer for servicing and updating. These laptops are good choices for users who can't afford to buy new because they are, at most, only a few months old and normally have up-to-date technology and servicing. Refurbished laptops are sold at a lower cost than a new laptop; therefore, in effect, you are getting a new laptop for less money.
The only problem with refurbished laptops is that you may not get the same warranty coverage as with a new one. You will need to make sure that you examine the warranty options for your refurbished laptop to ensure that you won't have to pay for any servicing needs for at least the first few months.
Buying used laptops
Used laptops are normally sold by private parties or all-purpose computer repair shops. Used laptops should be an option only if you really can't afford to buy a new or refurbished laptop - there are a lot of risks involved with buying used. These notebooks are not certified by the manufacturer and are not guaranteed to last you for as long as a new or refurbished laptop would. They have no warranty and could have hidden problems that the seller doesn't want to tell you about.
Manufacturers are traditionally unsympathetic to users who try to get their used laptops serviced. As well, you will most likely have to buy software and hardware upgrades to bring your used laptop up to modern standards, which can stretch your budget. You may be buying cheap, but used laptops frequently will cost you more than you bargained for. Only users who want a laptop for very basic purposes should even consider buying a used laptop.