Shopping For Refurbished
10 Tips For Success
buying criteria for refurbished notebooks should be the same
as outlined in
other sections of this site. In contrast to desktops, selecting a refurbished
notebook computer presents a few different questions:
important is screen size?
are the trade-offs in price, size, and weight ?
mobile should it be ?
you need to network? What about wireless?
settled on what you need, you're ready to browse the product pages for used and
refurbished notebooks. Be sure to consider these criteria before you break out
- Expandability - Expandability
allows flexibility. At a minimum, your refurbished notebook should have one serial,
parallel, and one or more USB ports. A few used notebook PCs come
with a built-in FireWire port. Extra PCMCIA slots will let you upgrade later.
- Instead of a faster processor, buy
a reconditioned notebook with more memory. Increasing the RAM will give a
real performance boost - more than getting the next faster processor.
is the most important component, so give it priority. Screens on
'generic' models can be dimmer and less
crisp, so choose a major brand. The 12" screens on some ultra-small inexpensive
ok only for travel or special uses, but not for long sessions on the computer.
- Memory - Minimum
RAM should be 128Kbps. If you work with graphics, get more. An access panel will
make memory upgrades easier.
- Storage - 6GB
drives are common in cheap laptops, especially
the budget notebook and tablet PCs. But
10GB is best. If your laptop
substitute for a desktop system and be loaded with applications, 20 GB is a minimum.
- Networking -
laptop computers should have one or more Ethernet ports for networking
or connecting to the Internet. Wireless is growing quickly, and a few
laptops have wireless capability. Or consider adding a wireless
- Size and Weight - Consider
refurbished notebooks are
easy to carry, but sacrifice drive capacity and features. Larger laptops
give you more, but lose the easy mobility.
Battery Specs -
Ignore them. Battery life for a
notebook is not warranted, so get a spare. Good sources for laptop
batteries are everywhere.
- Warranty –
Pre-owned computers come
with a 90-day or 1-year warranty. Since laptops are more easily damaged than desktops, consider
buying an extended warranty. The peace of mind is worth it.
Laptops are easy to steal and resell. Avoid the financial loss and the loss of
personal or business data by using passwords, a locking cable, and a solid computer
over to my recommendations for Refurbished
Laptops, and see what you can find.
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