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Gary Fry (Gary_fry)
Username: Gary_fry

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 129.11.77.197
Posted on Tuesday, August 03, 2010 - 04:08 pm:   

Is it worth buying a refurbished laptop?

Anyone advise?
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.106.220.19
Posted on Tuesday, August 03, 2010 - 04:12 pm:   

Guess it depends on warranty available - no real reason why not, if you can find a laptop that suits at a good price.
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Weber (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.176.105.55
Posted on Tuesday, August 03, 2010 - 04:12 pm:   

Depends what it's been refurbished with. If it's been refurbished into a stylish chair for an infant it might be worth it if you have an infant in the house.
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Kate (Kathleen)
Username: Kathleen

Registered: 09-2009
Posted From: 213.122.209.76
Posted on Tuesday, August 03, 2010 - 04:25 pm:   

Gary, I bought my Toshiba Tecra about 5 years ago on eBay. It had been refurbished and had the OS reinstalled and I've never had any trouble with it. It was certainly cheaper than a new one!
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Gary Fry (Gary_fry)
Username: Gary_fry

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 129.11.77.197
Posted on Tuesday, August 03, 2010 - 04:47 pm:   

Thanks, folk!

Except you, Weber, you bastard. :-)
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Tom_alaerts (Tom_alaerts)
Username: Tom_alaerts

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 91.176.144.165
Posted on Wednesday, August 04, 2010 - 04:02 pm:   

New laptops start really cheap (except if, like me, you prefer a Mac), and you'll likely have fewer headaches...

Check here, for example:

http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/features.aspx/laptops_great_deals?c=u k&l=en&s=dhs&~ck=mn

The 499 one work be snappy for the next few years.

With older laptops you may find that for example windows 7 may not work that well, and at one point a new version of your favourite browser won't work well on your old laptop, video clips may begin to stutter, etc, etc
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Weber (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.176.105.55
Posted on Wednesday, August 04, 2010 - 04:05 pm:   

we're still on explorer 6 here at my work... You Tube has stopped working for us along with several other sites including street view on google maps.
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Degsy (Degsy)
Username: Degsy

Registered: 08-2010
Posted From: 86.134.93.9
Posted on Wednesday, August 04, 2010 - 07:28 pm:   

I bought a refurb Mac Powerbook about five years ago and it gave me sterling service until I stepped on it.

As Weber said, a decent laptop (Acer, Asus etc) can be bought new for 300-400 quid (my current one is from Tesco.com). If just want it for word-processing email and surfing then a recent refurb is fine. If you buy one from a reputable source (they should offer some sort of warranty from 3-12 months as proof of their bona fides).

It might be worthwhile getting someone to check under the bonnet to make sure you're getting all the promised RAM/Processors/HD space. With places like EBAY it's always a case of Caveat Emptor.
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Degsy (Degsy)
Username: Degsy

Registered: 08-2010
Posted From: 86.134.93.9
Posted on Wednesday, August 04, 2010 - 07:34 pm:   

'Weber said'...sorry, I meant Tom.

I need to go to Specsavers and get a new monocle fitted.

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