Refurbished vs Used Computer: What's the Difference?

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It's important for consumers to understand that there is a considerable difference between used and refurbished computers.

Every refurbished computer is used, but not every used computer is refurbished. If you value quality, warranty, and worry-free operation for your computer, we recommend purchasing a refurbished computer. The following lists some reasons why. 

What's the difference between a used computer and a refurbished computer?

Used Computers

Used laptops do not necessarily undergo any checks before they're sold. When you purchase a used computer, you are buying the product 'as is', typically without any important repairs or updates made to the device prior to your purchase.

This means that if, for example, the hard drive was beginning to fail, you'd be inheriting that problem. It could also mean that if there was malware on the used product, you would be susceptible to its corruption.

Lastly, a used computer usually doesn't come with a warranty. If something goes wrong after your purchase, the repairs will come out of your pocket.

Refurbished Computers

When you purchase a refurbished laptop, you are buying a device that's been thoroughly checked, reconditioned, and cleaned (both of dirt and files, software, etc. from the previous user).

When you purchase a refurbished computer through a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher, like RefurbIT, you are purchasing a computer that provides:

  • A high-quality refurbished computer preinstalled with a genuine Microsoft operating system.
  • Access to benefits of operating system downloads, updates, and enhanced features.
  • An upgrade path to future releases of the Windows operating system software, if applicable.

And in most cases you are also getting a computer that comes with a one year parts and labour hardware warranty!

Additional benefits of buying a refurbished computer

Our computers are also cleaned with computer-safe cleaning solutions and, if necessary, are covered with vinyl 'skins' to give them a brand new look and feel.

In Conclusion

Buying a refurbished computer means that you will have a high-performing device that meets Microsoft's rigid standards, comes with a warranty, and costs much less than buying a new computer!

We encourage you to check out our in-stock Chromebooks, laptops, and desktop computers. If you have any questions about our products, don't hesitate to contact us.


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