Deciding which computer to buy is not something you should do on impulse; after all, you are putting in good money for a product that you probably intend to use for a considerable time.
Even if you have decided to go for a refurbished model, you need to do proper checks to ensure that you buy the right product and get good value for money. Here are some handy tips to remember when buying such a refurbished computer:
- Prioritize your computing needs: By this, we mean that decide what purpose you want to use the device for. Refurbished computers come with different specifications, so think about whether you want to use it for light work, for gaming, and so on. Accordingly, check the quality of the processor, graphics card, and other features.
- Find a reliable seller: There will be many flea market sellers of refurbished computers, but it is best to go for authorized refurbishers since they do proper repairs (if needed), tests, and even simple upgrades on the equipment. Manufacturer’s websites are another good places to look for the computer you want.
- Ask about the software: Find out if the computer comes with an operating system and other software. Check what application updates you would want on your computer later on. Also, check whether the software included comes with original documentation and manuals.
- Check warranties and return policies: We are talking about refurbished computers after all, so it is vital that you thoroughly check the warranty, whether there is scope for extended warranties, the exact return policy, and so on. Also, find out how long the seller needs to respond when a computer under warranty needs repairs.
What accessories, if any, are included?
Many refurbished systems do not come with a monitor, so get that clarified first. Enquire about any extra peripherals, whether they are included or not. Once you know everything in detail, you will need to take into account the additional cost as well.
Buying refurbished computers can be a smart idea when you want to get more value out of your purchase. However, remember to do these checks so that you know exactly what you are getting.