Some people are under the illusion that a refurbished computer is the technological equivalent of Frankenstein’s Monster – an entity assembled using various bits and bobs from other machines. But in reality, a refurbished computer could be completely new – it only needs to be removed from its original packaging once to be legally labelled as “refurbished”.
What this means is that refurbished computers can take on all kinds of different forms – and that’s why it’s so useful to follow a checklist when you purchase one. By ticking off the boxes below, you can ensure you get your hands on the right kind of machine, no matter what your circumstances.
Make sure it has a warranty
The very first thing to check before you agree to buy a refurbished computer is that the machine has its very own warranty. This ensures you remain financially protected in the event of any problems that might occur with the machine, meaning you’ll either get your money back or receive a free repair to fix the issue.
Remember that warranties often vary in length, with different deals covering different types of faults. Be sure to read all the small print before you proceed with the purchase, to determine whether the warranty offers the right kind of cover for you.
Understand the contents
When you purchase an ordinary desktop PC online, it makes sense to assume you’ll receive everything you need to run the machine – the mouse, keyboard, monitor etc. However, with a refurbished computer, this won’t necessarily be the case. You’ll need to check the contents to make sure you understand exactly what you’re getting.
Read the specs and inventory very closely before you hit that ‘buy’ button, and check again to be sure. After all, the last thing you want is to get your hands on a new PC and then find out you have no screen on which to view it.
List the features you need
We’ve already explored the importance of looking over the specs before you buy a refurbished machine, but it’s equally crucial to draw up your own list of needs for a computer.
By scribbling down the essential features you desire and comparing this to computer specs, you’ll immediately be able to tell whether this is the right device for you. Something as simple as a writing a list could guide you to the best possible machine.
Price up the extras
If a refurbished computer is missing one or two things, it’s worth looking for these items elsewhere and working out how much everything will cost in total. Adding a mouse or a keyboard to your refurbished PC isn’t going to put you out of pocket, but grabbing a high-resolution monitor that caters for music production is going to require extra investment. By pricing up everything properly before you proceed, you’ll avoid getting yourself into any financial difficulties later down the line.
Now you know what to do before you purchase a refurbished computer, it’s time to start looking where to find a good machine. At A1 Refurb, we sell hundreds of high-quality refurbished models. From workstations to high-end desktops, our machines start at just £225.00, and all come with a warranty as standard.
Get in touch with our team today and pick up a superb machine for an even better price.