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I am in the market for a new computer. In checking Staples showed an HP Pavillion 570-p025 for 469.99. I decided that would suit my needs, but when I went to buy it today it is out of stock and they are not sure they can even get one. A check revealed they cannot order one. They had a similar Dell, but it is also out- of- stock.

 

I can get one from Amazon, but it is refurbished. I have ordered refurbished sound equuipment without any regret. It would seem a refurbished item would be fine as it has been checked,

Fixed, and guaranteed.

 

I wonder if anyone here has bought a refurbished computer and your opinions?

Thanks, Jerry

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Refurbished can mean a lot of things. Generally a refurbished consumer computer is nearly new and has been returned for some reason, rechecked and restored to new condition. Just can't be sold as new.

Refurbished business computers can be off-lease machines 2-3 years old that have been checked out and then offered for sale. I have bought several of these over the years. I have a pristine Thinkpad T430 that I use for Linux. That's what I'm typing this post on.

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I wouldn't worry too much about refurbished items; many computers manufactured these days have very long life-spans. At work we have Dells over a decade old that still work fine. The only component that will fail before the motherboard is often the CPU fan, hard disk drive or power supply, and all easily replaceable.

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I have bought several desktops and laptops secondhand and they have all performed well and two of the desktops are still running after several years. There are several dealers in the UK specialising in second hand and they offer guarantees of at least 12 months with options to extend to 24 or 36 months in some cases. When I moved house recently I sent a 14 year old pc to the tip that was still in perfect working order with all original equipment.

 

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When I moved house recently I sent a 14-year-old pc to the tip that was still in perfect working order with all original equipment.

 

It's always sad when you have to junk a perfectly working machine. I recently dispatched two netbooks that were just too underpowered to be useful - even with a very lightweight Linux. They were 32-bit machines.

The main problem is trying to run a modern browser - most are memory hogs. I have a Toshiba 64 bit netbook now that struggles with Chrome and Firefox. So far Midori works OK with it.

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