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Is a refurbished laptop worth it?

Asked by Spinel (3220points) February 7th, 2010

I was thinking about buying a refurbished Mini 10 from the Dell Outlet, but I have reservations. What are some advantages or drawbacks to this one? Would just purchasing a brand new one be the better option?

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marinelife's avatar

I have a refurbished laptop, and it works fine. I think it depends on the history of the machine and what went wrong with it.

Merriment's avatar

The experiences I have had with refurbished computers makes me feel it’s a crap shoot

When it works out well, you’ve made a really good deal and when it doesn’t work out well you feel really cheated. Kind of like any other type of gamble when you think about it.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

My husband has a refurbished Dell and is in love with it.It was bound to happen ;)

Tenpinmaster's avatar

Yes! I’m actually typing on a refurbished machine right now. I have had very good luck with refurbs and they are nicely priced. I have bought 3 refurbished HP’s and all of them are running fantastic. One of them I have had running for over 10 years and hasn’t had 1 problem.

dpworkin's avatar

I have had very good luck with Dell refurbs. In the one instance when I had a problem, they took the machine back and paid shipping both ways. The warranty is for a year, and can be extended for a price.

Mamradpivo's avatar

I’m writing this on a refurbished Macbook Pro. I’ve never had a single complaint.

john65pennington's avatar

Also a refubished Dell here. its actually better than a brand new one. it was broken in just right and has not failed me, yet. just be sure to check out a refurb thoroughly, before you purchase it. make the seller go through every aspect and function before you buy.

Tenpinmaster's avatar

@Mamradpivo Go mac! :) Once u go mac u never go back!

phoebusg's avatar

Definitely is, one of my laptops is refurbished. I’d just say depends where you’re buying it from. Just buy from reputable stores that you know – and are willing to take it back if something is off.

Patrick_Bateman's avatar

i’m on a refurbished macbook pro right now. i’d suggest going that route. you pay more on the front end but you get a quality product that lasts.

nikipedia's avatar

Love my refurbished macbook.

lilikoi's avatar

I have a refurbished desktop from It was a steal, and has been working great. Sometimes with their refurbished stuff (not sure if Dell is the same way), usually when you are buying a PC w/out an OS, you have to hunt down drivers yourself. This can be tough to do for the layman that doesn’t know where to look, so I’d call this a drawback. If you’re buying a computer w/ a pre-installed OS, though, it probably comes w/ all the drivers.

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