Getting The Most For Your Money
you’ve been digging around for refurbished computers. And you've managed to find
some IBM laptops,
few used Dell desktops, and some other name-brand systems. But finding bargains in
is more than just a low
price on a name brand with the word Pentium’ Attached !
common sense …
the lowest price isn’t the best value unless the PC also
does what you need it to do, and is reliable. So let me point you in the right
To Find Refurbished Computers
are bargains in reconditioned computers in almost every configuration and price
range, and from top manufacturers like Dell and IBM. So why chance going to the
local ‘Chubby Charlie’s Computers' where they tinker with used
PCs in the back room ?
the auction sites? They offer some really low-cost systems,
but it's risky to buy a used PC from an individual. Are you really
there aren’t used parts in those “like new” PCs?
And what kind of warranty will you get?
with major brands and suppliers – companies that have proven their equipment and
service reliability. You’ll also find that parts
for older refurbished computers
certified repairs are more readily available. Remember that supplier
reliability is as important as the equipment itself.
what I look for :
and length of time in business.
Availability of service and tech support – 800#,
24x7 access, email.
Membership in a BBB or other consumer organizations.
Warranty terms and Return policy.
You Can Expect to Pay
course you want the best
unless you’re looking only for the cheapest equipment and
willing to take much more risk, avoid ‘too-good-to-be-true
‘ deals. Buy the best you can afford - even if you're on a tight budget - and
then upgrade components later if you have the need.
this site, my reviews of reconditioned computer systems are grouped
by these price categories:
Computers: Although priced under $500 for desktops and $700 for laptops, it’s
a matter of age and lack of frills, not reliability.
These refurbished PCs are priced from $200 - $400, and will typically
have Pentium 2 or 3 processors, with small to midsize drives.
from $400 - $700, these are solid all-purpose systems with P3/4 processors. They
are great for all but the most intense games and programs.
this group will be over $700, with more recent technology, and more power. Most refurbished laptops
be in this category.
Steps To Getting The
Best Computer For You
Know What You Want To Do –
real needs now and 12 months out. Older PCs
are upgradable, but there are limits
to any design so do some planning.
more difficult to upgrade, and some of the cheapest systems may
not be worth upgrading. So add growing room by getting a bit more power and storage
than you think you need.
Choose The Operating System and Software –
Many mistakenly put Step #3 first. The
CPU is not “the brains” - the OS and software
drive your CPU and hardware, not the reverse. Software does the ‘thinking’, and
hardware carries out the instructions. So pick the software you need first.
Match The Hardware To The Software -
the least expensive PCs are sold without an Operating System.
So use what you already have, or buy it new with full documentation. Don’t cut
costs by buying the “minimum hardware requirements” on the software box. Crank
it up a notch, and you’ll be much happier for only a few dollars more.
Pay Attention To
Service and Support - Unless you do your own tinkering, the warranty, tech
support, and return policies are not to be ignored.
Do It ! -
The stock of
is very limited. Even a large dealer may
have only a few in stock. So don’t wait. If it does what you want, and has what you need, get
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these mistakes !
you’re getting a… Used Dell !
great way to save money.