What to Consider When Buying Refurbished Laptops
Refurbishment is simply the distribution of products, especially electronics, which have been previously used or returned to the manufacturer or vendor for a variety of reasons. The most common reasons for laptop refurbishment are when they are returned to the manufacturer due to defects, or the box being damaged in shipping, or they were used in sales displays or demonstrations. In each case, the laptops are fixed and tested for functionality before they are resold to the public.
When buying a refurbished laptop, there are a few things that should be considered to ensure the best possible product is purchased. First and foremost, decide what hardware and software specifications should be present in the laptop. If the laptop has to be compatible with a specific software program or application, be sure to read the specifications. Next, laptops should be selected based on the operating system they run. Only Apple laptops run Mac OS X, while virtually all laptops run a version of Microsoft Windows. In fact, even Apple laptops are compatible with Windows, and can be partitioned to dual-boot Windows. Another important variable to consider when purchasing a refurbished laptop is whether or not the laptop comes with all parts required. Some refurbished laptops do not come with a power cord or fully-functioning battery. Consider the price of the laptop when determining this factor.
The final two considerations are retailers and warranties. Refurbished laptops should always be purchased from certified or authorized refurbishers. Only Apple itself certifies the refurbishment of their laptops. All Microsoft-certified refurbishers are registered and listed online on Microsoft's refurbisher list. Each refurbished Apple laptop undergoes full testing, is put through a cleaning process and inspection, is repackaged with new manuals and cables, includes the original operating software, and is given a new refurbished serial number. Certified retailers are manufacturer-qualified to perform repairs on faulty or broken laptops. This ensures that the laptops are fully-functional and tested before they are sold to the public. Also, certified or authorized refurbishers generally offer a product warranty of at least 90 days. This is important because the laptop may malfunction again, and it is essential to deal with a company that will repair or replace this.