New or Refurbished?

It’s time for a new computer or laptop. Perhaps your old one just went to computer heaven and there’s no getting it back, or maybe your computer or laptop is just so outdated that you need an upgrade but what do you do? Do you go and get a brand new computer or laptop at brand new prices or do you get something that is used and refurbished? The answer is it all depends on what you want to do with it and how much you’re willing to pay.

The obvious difference between used and new is that new is top of the line and more expensive, the newest models out there, the ones everyone wants and the used ones are those that are a few generations behind the new current crop at a cheaper price. Much like a car, the upgrades and updates on computers come so fast and furious that if you blink you have an outdated machine. Few of us really need all the new bells and whistles of a brand new computer or laptop, though many will buy brand new just to have the latest technology.

If you are not up on all the latest stuff and just want a computer to check Facebook or to surf the web (albeit more slowly) then a used computer or laptop may work well for you and it will end up a lot cheaper. Maybe. See, laptops have batteries and they only last for so long before you need to buy a new one. Batteries are expensive, so if you are eyeing a used unit, see how much the battery will be to replace before you buy. It’s also a good idea to see how much the apps you want to run (if they’re not on it already) will be. Adding all of this up with the price of a used machine may end up a lot more than you bargained for and new may look more appealing. (and new comes with, you guessed it, a new battery!)

If the refurbished computer or laptop still looks good, make sure it actually looks good, like it has no dents, cracks or hazy screen going on that will make it work less efficiently. Also check all the ports, and inputs to make sure they still work and are still accessible. Give the keyboard a quick check too to make sure the keys work and that the trackpad still has some traction and you’re good to go.

The bottom line is this–do your homework, read the specs and reviews and you won’t be disappointed with either your brand new or your brand new to you refurbished computer or laptop.