Top 7 Things to Consider When Buying a Refurbished Laptop

Looking for a new laptop? Why not consider buying a refurbished laptop instead? Here are seven great reasons to shop for refurbished laptops. 

There are many things to consider when buying a refurbished laptop; indeed, you may have to do a little more work than if you were to buy a brand-new laptop. Is it worth it? Considering how much you stand to save, the answer might be an easy “yes,” but due diligence is still important to ensure that you’re getting a high-quality, functional product. 

Below are seven key things to consider when buying a refurbished laptop:

Things to Consider When Buying a Refurbished Laptop

What are some of the most important things to consider when buying a refurbished laptop? Start with the below tips and shop with confidence once you’ve filled out this little checklist.

1. Quality of Refurbishment

There’s still a bit of a stigma to buying a second-hand device compared to buying a brand-new one. For some things, you should always buy new, e.g. mattresses. For electronics, there is a big distinction between buying used and buying refurbished electronics. Used electronics have not necessarily been refurbished at all, but instead, you’re getting a used product that might not even work properly.

Refurbished laptops in UK from reputable recycling companies should be of sufficient quality, clearly showing buyers any flaws or defects before they buy. Wisetek Store UK breaks down five categories of refurbished devices so that buyers know exactly what they’re getting before spending a single pound.

2. Warranty Coverage

Unfortunately, not all refurbishers offer warranty coverage on refurbished laptops. Even if the recycling company is reputable and their products tend to be refurbished to an ‘as-new’ level of quality, what if something does go wrong? That’s where warranty coverage becomes an important consideration. 

All of the refurbished laptops sold at Wisetek Store come with a FREE 12-month warranty as well as optional extended warranties (2 or 3-year warranties).

3. Shop for Discounts

Perhaps one of the biggest reasons why customers in the market for electronics choose refurbished over brand new is for the potential to save a substantial amount of money. It’s quite rare to find a discount or a deal on a new MacBook, for example, so buying refurbished MacBooks from a quality refurbisher simply makes sense financially. 

Wisetek Store offers great discounts on refurbished electronics, ranging from up to 50% on refurbished laptops, 30% off refurbished tablets, and 60% on refurbished MacBooks, for instance. Considering the cost of many brand-new electronics, a 60% discount can leave you with a few hundred extra quid in your pocket for a great quality product.

4. Read Customer Reports and Reviews

While it’s all well and good to vet the recycling company, you should also spend some time researching specific laptop manufacturers and models. Fortunately, there are many great consumer reports available for free from websites such as Tom’s Hardware and others that give fair and impartial reviews of specific laptop brands and models.

5. Know How Old the Laptop Is

Since you’re looking for refurbished laptops, they’ve likely already been used for a year or longer. In some cases, laptops found in Wisetek Store were display models or are even in their original packaging, meaning they’ve never been used or have only been lightly used. 

Nevertheless, it is important to know how old the laptop model is since even the most robust and durable laptops will only last around 7 years or so (varies by model). This can give you a fairly good impression of how long your refurbished laptop ought to last you. Of course, good maintenance and routine cleaning can keep your laptop lasting well into its latter years or even beyond its normal lifespan.

6. Data Security

One worry that customers may (rightfully) have regarding used electronics is the risk of malware or viruses that may be present on the device. With refurbished electronics, the hard drive should always be thoroughly wiped using professional software that eliminates any traces of past user history, malware, or viruses. 

Devices sold by Wisetek Store are professionally wiped by our team to ensure full data security and data protection. Did you know that Wisetek Store is a member of the Wisetek group, a leading IT Asset Disposition provider worldwide? When we say that old data is dead, we mean it.

7. Refurbished is Sustainable

For environmentally conscious consumers, buying refurbished electronics is the sensible thing to do. Refurbished electronics sold by Wisetek Store are 100% sustainable since they are being reused rather than disposed of. 

There is a global crisis going on regarding electronics waste (e-waste), with monitors, laptops, phones, and all other sorts of devices cluttering up landfills. Reusing older devices keeps them away from landfills and is superior to disposal or recycling, so every purchase of a refurbished electronic device not only helps alleviate the environmental impact it would have had, but also saves you plenty of your hard-earned money as well.

Shop with Confidence at Wisetek Store UK

There are simply so many benefits to buying a refurbished laptop, so whether you’re a uni student, a casual gamer, a parent looking for ways to stay in touch with loved ones online, or if you’re a business owner looking for affordable and secure refurbished laptops in UK for your employees, there’s no better place to start than by browsing our shop at Wisetek Store UK

If you are shopping for Refurbished IT in Ireland, we have our full shop available there too with euro pricing and local order processing.