What is a Refurbished Laptop?
A refurbished laptop is a computer that has been opened and then returned to the manufacturer, for any number of reasons. These reasons can span from the original owner simply did not like the color of the laptop, all to way to the laptop not functioning as it was intended.
In the case of the customer returning the laptop for their own reasons and the laptop works perfectly fine, the manufacturer will then fully inspect the computer, repackage it and sell it again as a refurbished laptop, even though nothing was actually refurbished on the computer.
In the case where the laptop does not function properly the manufacturer will fully inspect the computer and if the laptop can be properly fixed they will fix it and then repackage it and label it as refurbished. In a large number of instances, they are simply combining parts that work perfectly fine but found themselves into laptops that had a defective part.
The refurbished laptop is often one with a perfect drive from one unit, a perfect motherboard from another, and so on. The manufacturer tolerates a certain degree of unit failures, and the ability to still combine perfectly good parts from these units into one unit that they can sell at a discount is gravy. Consumers enjoy the comfort of a unit built as it should have been fresh from the factory - the refurbished unit is the same, it just took a different path.
Sometimes used laptops are marketed as refurbished laptops. One easy way to tell the difference is that refurbished laptops would come in a factory sealed box and have a much higher market value than a used laptop. This is not to say that purchasing a used laptop is a bad idea, just that there is a difference between a used laptop and a refurbished laptop. Expect to pay more for a refurbished laptop and less for a used laptop too, and it can be safely assumed that a refurbished laptop will have much less wear and tear on it than a used laptop.
Once you've purchased a refurbished laptop, you can enquire about an product service plan or extended warranty, which for some laptops is cheaper than it would be for a new one.
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