Risks and Benefits of Buying a Refurbished Desktop Computer

When you are in the market for a desktop computer, whether it be for the office or personal use, the options are extensive. Not only must you make a selection out of the several brands available, but assuming the model is not the latest to be released, there is always the option of buying a refurbished version. The word “refurbished” may have some negative connotations, however, opting for this kind of product may prove more valuable to you.

There are certain things you will want to look out for when considering purchasing refurbished desktop computers. We have put together a short guide on what to keep in mind when selecting the right model that will fit your needs.

Price Point

The first thing that will catch your eye when taking a look at refurbished desktop computers is the significantly lower price when compared to the brand new version. Typically coming in at 30-50% lower than the new model, you will save money up front.

With the rise of the internet marketplace and consumers becoming more aware and budget savvy, these refurbished alternatives have become increasingly attractive. In an ideal world with an unlimited budget, most people would not hesitate to purchase the latest and newest model of the desktop computer of their choice.

When buying several computers for your business, however, the price can be very attractive as it is more budget-friendly than the brand new versions. Even if you purchase a refurbished desktop computer for personal use, you can add some high-tech accessories with the money saved instead.     

Compatibility

One thing to take note of is that you will rarely find a refurbished version of the newest and latest model desktop computer. This can be both a risk or a benefit depending on your preference and expected usage. If you are tech-savvy and want the newest and most high-tech models, you will have a hard time finding a refurbished model that meets these specs. On the other hand, if you require a specific model that is no longer being manufactured, refurbished may be the only option you have to go with.

As computer companies constantly release new and improved models keeping up with the advancements in technology, older models are becoming obsolete at an increasingly faster rate. Perhaps you have an existing setup with accessories and components that rely on a specific desktop model, you then may have to opt for a refurbished (and older) product. The opposite also holds true: if you have built an ecosystem that can only be supported by a newer model, then a refurbished desktop computer will not be very useful or cost-effective.

Warranty

Refurbished can mean used, previously factory defected and then repaired, returned by a customer, or it can be a canceled order item. It is important to note that it does not mean an inferior product made of broken or inferior parts. To be sure of this, you must consider the warranty that is offered with the refurbished desktop computer you want to purchase.

Is the warranty from the manufacturer or does it come from a third party? What are the terms? Always read the fine print when buying any refurbished electronics. Aventis Systems, for example, offers a standard one-year warranty with the option of an extended warranty program. In the case that you run into issues with your refurbished desktop computer, you will want helpful customer service and warranty to fall back on.

Sustainability Factor

Another point to consider when exploring a refurbished desktop computer is the implication your purchase has on the environment. With climate change now becoming an issue of global concern, you can decrease your impact on the environment by essentially buying a “reused” product. Tons of electronic waste is being disposed of on a daily basis and recycling has become more important than ever.

While it may not be a deciding factor as to whether or not buying a refurbished desktop offers the most value to you, it is a benefit one should keep in mind. Opting for a refurbished model is the green choice.

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