Refurbished pc, laptop or tablet

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by Pasta88, Aug 25, 2018.

  1. Pasta88

    Pasta88 MDL Addicted

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    What is your opinion on buying on of these items? What is your experience with them if you have bought refurbished?

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  2. MS_User

    MS_User MDL Guru

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    is a 50-50 thing some refurbish are good and last like if they were new others go bad fast it depends... make sure u buy from a reputable vendor.
     
  3. John Sutherland

    John Sutherland MDL Addicted

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    #3 John Sutherland, Aug 25, 2018
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    Hello @Pasta88 - About four years ago I bought a refurbished Lenovo T400 from Thinkpad Depot. This machine came with Windows Vista Business as the OS and was probably made in 2007-2008. I did three things to upgrade it: 1.) Upgraded the memory from 2GB to 4GB by buying one new 2GB DIMM. 2.) Installed a 120GB Crucial M500 SSD in the HDD bay. 3.) Bought a Lenovo brand adapter that allowed me to install the original 160GB HDD into the optical drive bay.

    After updating the BIOS, I was able to install Windows 7 on the SSD and activate it. Later, I installed Linux Mint on the HDD.

    After two years of use, the original 2GB DIMM failed, so I bought a second new DIMM to replace it.

    The only other issue I'm having is that the battery is very old now and due for a replacement. Other than that, it has been very dependable machine and a good investment
     
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  4. WindowsGeek

    WindowsGeek MDL Senior Member

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    Well Dell, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony are all very reputable vendors when it comes to refurbished electronics and remember a lot of the so call refurbish is not even that is just open box and return because the customer decided to return it or exchange for another item.