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Should you buy a new, used or refurbished laptop?


Looking to buy a new laptop? There are so many options available, and you must choose whether to go new or used or refurbished, but we can help. Should you wish to squeeze as much value out of your next laptop purchase, a refurbished or new option may appear rather enticing. While there can be some degree of risk involved with purchasing a used product, even from reputable retailers, we'll provide some helpful tips to ensure you're purchasing a laptop you'll be happy with.


  • New — Buying new is costly, but you'll be the first to use the laptop with full warranty.
  • Refurbished — These PCs are discounted by manufacturers and retailers with good QA. They are usually covered by at least a limited warranty.
  • Used — These are cheapest, but without QA or guarantees, relying solely on the word of the seller.


Here are some things you should bear in mind when analyzing your options. Buying a refurbished (or used) laptop can allow for some serious savings. While you're likely not going to be able to find each and every laptop model available for purchase, this option is worth considering for those seeking a system for work, studying or general use. Companies like Dell make it easy to see just what is available second-hand on their websites.


Buying a laptop is much like purchasing a car as it depends on personal preference. You may not have any desire to own a brand new laptop, and if you're also looking to save some money, refurbished and used options are certainly the way to go. That said, there's really nothing better than receiving original, sealed packaging, knowing you're the first person to use the laptop. That's just like a new automobile when you sit in the vehicle for the first time at the dealership.