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Shopping for a new desktop PC can be a process fraught with frustration – with new models often prohibitively expensive. This can lead to the painful choice between overpaying for the model you really want, or settling for an inferior one that fits your budget.
This is why more and more people are turning to refurbished computers as a solution. Whether buying a single desktop for personal use or in bulk to kit out an entire office, the potential savings on offer are certainly appealing. Refurbished computers can be upwards of 50% cheaper than their brand new counterparts, allowing you to get your hands on a machine with the specifications you need at a more comfortable price.
Read on to find out more about what makes a refurbished computer, all the benefits of opting for one and whether a refurbished desktop is the right choice for you.
If you’ve spotted a refurbished desktop computer at a price that interests you, it’s important to know what exactly is meant by “refurbished” before you go any further. Refurbished in this context quite simply means second-hand, but guaranteed to be sold in perfect working condition by a trustworthy retailer that has undertaken the necessary checks and repairs to prove it.
Refurbished computers are likely to have been returned to the manufacturer or retailer shortly after purchase. In most cases, they won’t have suffered damage, and any they have will only be cosmetic. Any faults or malfunctions will have been repaired by a team of experts, with all models undergoing extensive testing before they can be put up for sale. At IT Resale, all our refurbished computers are data wiped, PA tested for electrical safety and functionality tested.
It’s crucial to note that a desktop computer can only be declared as “refurbished” by a retailer, not an individual seller. In many cases, retailers will offer a warranty for additional peace of mind. All IT Resale products come with a three-month warranty as standard.
All of these factors mean that refurbished computers have a significant advantage over used computers. “Used” is a much more broad definition for the computer’s condition. Used computers can be sold by anyone, and are very unlikely to have had any tests or maintenance carried out on them. They will probably also have had longer and heavier usage than refurbished desktops, while they won’t come with the protection of a warranty.
While used computers can certainly be found at very cheap prices, the level of protection and confidence you get from a refurbished model make them the smarter choice.
First and foremost, value for money is the key benefit of buying a refurbished computer over a brand new model. But there are a number of other reasons why it just makes sense to go refurbished.
To get the maximum value for money when shopping for a refurbished desktop computer, it’s important to have a clear idea of what you will primarily be using it for and to do your research accordingly. Here’s what to consider before buying a refurbished machine: