Top 5 Pros and Cons of Refurbished Laptops

Should you buy a refurbished laptop

Refurbished MacBook Pro 2018

Weighing the Advantages and Disadvantages of Buying a Refurbished Laptop

Technology moves forward at an incredible pace (remember the time when it felt like the new iPhone came out twice a year?). With the booming tech industry expanding on a daily basis, it can be hard to keep up with the latest and greatest devices. At the same time, there isn’t always a need to have the latest and greatest, especially when the refurbished options available are just as capable and cheaper.

Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of investing in a refurbished laptop:

PRO-Refurbished laptops are Eco-Friendly

When laptops are refurbished instead of thrown away, the amount of waste produced per laptop decreases significantly. All the materials, the lithium-ion batteries, the plastic, composite, or aluminum outer casing, and the glass screens, are repurposed and reused, rather than becoming waste at a dump. When you buy a refurbished laptop, you are not only helping to reuse the materials already in existence, but you aren’t contributing further by buying a new laptop made of new materials.

CON-Refurbished Devices May have Minor Scratches

Somebody has already used the laptop before you, so if you’re buying a refurbished laptop, you are likely to discover a few dents, dings, and scratches from the previous owner. When a laptop is refurbished, some of these markings are impossible to remove. The good news, however, is that these markings don’t impact the functionality, speed, or quality of the device. The other good news is that while they don’t affect how well the computer works; cosmetic defects can lead to an even bigger discount.

PRO-Refurbished Laptops can be as Fast as New Models

A refurbished laptop doesn’t have to mean "old" and "outdated." Older laptops can be updated and when refurbished can still perform many of the needed functions for most users. Additionally, you can get a version that has just as much RAM and storage space as a newer laptop. So technically, a refurbished laptop can be even faster than a new one if you buy one that's souped up with some nice internals :D Yay for good specs!

CON-Refurbished Devices can be Harder to Find with a Warranty

Some laptop makers will void the warranty for laptops that were refurbished by a third-party. However, most warranties will have already expired by the time a laptop is ready to be refurbished anyway. Reliable sellers, however, will offer refurbished laptops with their own warranty, like BackMarket’s full, one year warranty for all devices. The warranty with any purchase, especially with technology, is an important factor to consider because it assures the buyer that they can be confident with their purchase.

PRO-Refurbished laptops can Save you Money

Some people don’t like buying brand new cars, because the value of that car plummets the moment it’s driven off the lot. Buying a used vehicle means it retains its value to the buyer. The same can be said of buying a refurbished laptop. Our refurbished laptops work like-new, but are purchased at huge discounts, often near 50% or more in savings. Because they are refurbished, they also retain their value, which is further enforced by the warranty that comes with every device. 

There are pros and cons with any purchase, but in the case of refurbished laptops, the pros definitely outweigh the cons!

Andre from Back Market
By Andre Kopacki, Content Manager

The kind of guy that likes technology a little too much and can't stop talking about it. Good thing I work at Back Market :D

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