Tight on cash but need a new computer for the family? Have you considered getting a refurbished computer?
Refurbished may give the impression of sub-standard, but if you’re looking for a cheaper yet a still relatively sound way to get your hands on some computers, accessing refurbished computers can be a great option.
Refurbished technology can originate from a variety of sources, including:
Customer returns and cancelled orders
These are fully functional products that leave the HP warehouse and therefore are no longer sold as new.
Some products are returned because of cosmetic flaws or damage during shipping, or a broken part.
These include items that are returned by the seller to make room for newer product lines.
Some brand new products have been used as demonstration units.
Connect IT is Australia’s largest non-profit computer refurbisher. Their goal is to help low income groups, who’ve traditionally been on the wrong side of the digital divide, to feel confident using technology in their everyday lives. Since 2003 they have distributed more than 50,000 refurbished computers.
They sell quality refurbished computers and laptops to people receiving Centrelink or Dept of Veterans Affairs benefits or holding a Centrelink Low Income Health Care Card, as well as not-for-profit organisations.
Computer packages include fully licensed software from Microsoft including Windows 7 operating system and Office 2010 Home & Business edition, as well as free technical support for the life of the computer. More information here.
There are Microsoft Refurbishers around the world that can provide you a professionally refurbished computer preinstalled with genuine Microsoft software for use at home, in commercial businesses or at non-profit organisations. More information here.
HP Refurbishment program
HP re-certifies their products to the factory specifications and architectural features of the original model, so you can expect the same performance, software and certifications as when it was brand new. More details here.
Dell Refurbishment program
The Dell Outlet offers three types of refurbished inventory:
- Certified refurbished PCs are laptops and desktops that have been returned to Dell, put through the production process and, then again, retested to ensure they meet all original factory specifications. Certified Refurbished systems may have some observable cosmetic blemishes, but they will not affect performance;
- Previously ordered new computers are PCs that were shipped out to a customer who opened the box but decided to return the system without ever using it. All of these computers have undergone testing and repackaging by Dell Outlet. Previously ordered new systems do not have any cosmetic damages;
- Scratch and Dent products are systems with considerable cosmetic blemishes that do not affect performance. They are a great way to save money while still enjoying Dell Outlet’s rigorous rebuilding and testing process. Scratch and Dent computers will not have scratches or pits on the screen, missing or illegible letters on the keyboard, or damage to the touchpad or palm rest. More information here.
Apple Certified Refurbished Products
Apple Certified Refurbished Products are pre-owned Apple products that undergo Apple’s stringent refurbishment process prior to being offered for sale.
While only some units are returned due to technical issues, all units undergo Apple’s stringent quality refurbishment process. More information here.
Were you aware of the option to buy refurbished technology? Have you ever purchased a refurbished computer? Was it a good experience or a not so good one? Tell us in the comments below.