Hardware If money is tight for you right now but you still would like to get your very own laptop then you should know about the various inexpensive options that are available to you. The two best options for saving big on a laptop are used and refurbished models. In this article we will discuss these options so that you have the information you need to make the best purchasing decision. Refurbished Laptops Refurbished Laptops are your best bet for finding a high-quality laptop at a low price. What are refurbished laptops anyway? These are units that consumers have returned to the company because of some mechanical defect. The company then repairs it, repackages it, and resells it. The technicians that work on these units are skilled experts so the laptops end up being essentially as good as new. Some companies will even replace the outer casing so that the computer even looks new. These laptops that have been refurbished are less expensive than their new counterparts (sometimes several hundred dollars cheaper). Some of the companies also provide a full warranty on their laptops so that they have the same coverage that their new models do. These laptops are generally just as reliable as new units and of all your choices for cheap laptops, these types are your best bets. You can find refurbished laptops on the websites of these top companies: 1. Dell 2. Lenovo 3. HP 4. Sony 5. Apple Used Laptops You can save more money with a used laptop but you will be taking a greater risk at ending up with a non-functioning unit. Most of the time when you purchase a used laptop you’re going to get no warranty and no guarantee that the computer is operational. But if you are really in a pinch financially and you have to have a laptop then you can visit these sites to find used models: 1. eBay 2. Craigslist 3. Backpage 4. Your local classified ads Here you will find people selling their own used laptops (and usually pretty cheaply). The only problem that you’re going to have to worry about is the fact that there’s really no guarantee about the condition of the computer. If you’re on eBay buying a used laptop (and this really should be the only place you look) then check the seller’s rating. If it’s good then you should go ahead and buy but if it’s low or non-existent you should reconsider. Also look at the picture of the product and make sure there are no signs of external damage (such as dents, scratches, or scrapes). Once again, you’re not getting a guarantee so buyers beware! Finally, don’t let horror stories deter you from investigating refurbs. Problems happen, and people can be vocal about those problems, but if you are dealing with reputable retailers, the risk is slim. If you are still worried consider this: In another recent Question of the Day, I asked readers point-blank whether or not they would purchase (or have purchased) a refurbished laptop. The results revealed that 32% of the respondents actually bought a refurb, and less than 7% had had a bad experience. Those are some good, if non-scientific, odds. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: