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Would you buy a refurbished computer?


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#1 Hal06

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 11:54 AM

I was planning on buying this HP for $574:

 

http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/HP-Pavilion/G1V32AV?HP-Pavilion-15t-n200-Notebook-PC-with-Windows-7-ENERGY-STAR-

 

But then I noticed this refurbished one for $499:

 

http://www.jr.com/hp/pe/HP_15B123CL_hy_RB/

 

It's always nice to save money. Would I be taking too much of a risk in buying a refurbished computer?

 

I note that the refurbished has a i5-3337U processor and the new one has a i5-4200U processor. The refurbished one is lighter too.

 

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 12:03 PM

Since they are being purchased directly from hp, I suspect you would have no problems, however I am not sure how thorough their diagnostic tests are, my biggest concern would always be what if any warranty comes with the computer? A new laptop will have 1 year parts coverage. The newer 4200u will likely have longer battery life.


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Posted 12 March 2014 - 12:42 PM

I have. Bought a refurbished school PC workstation for my mother for $50 off newegg. It still works, though she bought a win7 Dell desktop suite back in 2010.



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Posted 12 March 2014 - 07:29 PM

I have no wish to fall out with Zingo, but the second, refurbished, laptop listed above is not a sale from HP.

 

You are looking at a saving of $US 75 and getting 90 days warranty against the full manufacturer's warranty. In my opinion, not worth it . For a bigger differential, say nearer $US 200, that it would be a different story. I could be seriously tempted.

 

That is not to say that refurbished or second hand or ex-lease equipment cannot give excellent value. A few years ago I bought an ex-lease Dell desktop for my sister-in-law and it is still running perfectly with only one problem in that time - the CD drive died. Because she is disabled, they did an on-site replacement. And more recently, I bought an ex-lease monitor just as a spare. It came in extremely useful when my last monitor died and before its replacement turned up.

 

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 10:54 AM

No worries Chris, I must have mis-read the page. I would agree with you that with only a 90 day warranty and a difference of ~ $75-$100, I would go with the newer technology, and 1 year warranty.


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Posted 23 March 2014 - 08:21 PM

I've bought two refurbished Dells from NewEgg. Happy with both. They are notebooks. Not all that state of the art but enough for me.

 

I like buying the Dell Business Class machines because there are tons of cheap replacement parts and YouTube videos out there that will explain how to repair or replace just about anything.

 

Just "replaced" a Dell D620 XP with a Dell E6410 W7. The e6410 has just enough features that I feel like I upgraded. (The DisplayPort allows for connecting to hdmi and put out both video AND sound). You can easily upgrade the 6410 with a backlit keyboard, which I probably will do soon it's so simple and less than $20.



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Posted 23 March 2014 - 11:38 PM


 

You are looking at a saving of $US 75 and getting 90 days warranty against the full manufacturer's warranty. In my opinion, not worth it

I agree.

 

Having said that, If you look at my signature you will see the spec's to the hp I got from ebay for 50 bucks as it had no HDD in it and was sold as not working. No charger supplied, But in the foto on ebay I saw it booted into bios.

PC SPECS- Hp Pavilion G6, AMD A4-3305M With Radeon HD Graphics 1.90 Ghz.8 gig ram

 

Buying second hand is always a risk but 50 bucks wasnt that much of a risk the ram is worth that.

But you cant go past 12 months of warranty.

My wife has a similar Hp we got new and I paid an extra 140 dollars for 5 year extended warranty.


Edited by NickAu1, 23 March 2014 - 11:41 PM.





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