Refurbished laptops good?

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Dec 25, 2012

Refurbished laptops good? by 3bbb7 at 10:39 PM (1,259 Views / 1 Likes) 28 replies

  1. 3bbb7
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    newegg is a pretty reliable site ive never purchased a refurb but i believe they come with the battery and the charger cable and i believe the os is a fresh install as for the manual they probobly have it in a file on the laptop

    my guess also is that they are good as new

    hope this helps :)
     
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    It is a rip off
    1. Refurbished laptops are hit and miss so avoiding them is a good idea.
    2. Tigerdirect sells a new Asus brand laptop for similar specs for $399.99 shipped.
    3. Staples also has had some sales on those type of laptops for way less
    4. Acer isn't that great of brand overall
    What are you going to use the laptop for anyway?
    Gaming, browsing cause you can probably get a way better deal then that.
     
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    We should probably figure out his needs first. He probably wants to game a little since he states something about the graphics card but we should make sure. Also he may have a time limit so learning that is important else wise he could wait for a good deal from a local store.
     
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    oh right of course but if it is for gaming wouldnt a better processor be better i mean i have intel hd graphics with no compliant and i have a problem playing games because of my processor
     
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    Lets just cover several scenarios instead of just the one we assume it is.
    If you don't need to be portable get a desktop.
    If you want something for light web browsing get a tablet or a low end laptop.
    If you play RTS games they are heavy on the processor
    If you want a high end gaming laptop you have to spend way more and a desktop then becomes a better option overall.
    I'm not sure how much your hoping to spend but please know you should check what games/apps specs are before making a choice. Then search for a laptop that fits into that.
     
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    Any graphics card is better than IntelHD graphics. Trust me. A proper graphics card takes the load off the CPU whereas Intel's graphics puts it on the CPU (hence the "Integrated" part). They've gotten better recently but you're still better off with a proper card.

    Not to mention the processor you just recommended seems worse. The A6 is a "low power" processor while the A8 is a "standard power". GHz is not a good rating of speed. The A8 is a quad core while the A6 is a dual core and the A6 is categorised as "low power" by Wikipedia. This probably means it's slower.
     
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    well im looking for for a new laptop next month and i defilnitly want one for portability and gaming for school as well 700 dollor limit any ideas
     
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    well mainly rts games love em but i would also like to play fps as well
     
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    borberlands 2 is one i want to play that and black ops 2 if on pc
     
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    Having bought a refurbished laptop from Newegg, I did so with hesitancy. Reviews are hit and miss (some people end up without a battery, a battery that can barely hold a charge, or no charging cable), and unless you're really hurting for cash, it usually isn't a good idea to go that route. I was hurting for cash and picked one up from Newegg for relatively cheap (less than $250), and it works well enough. It came with a freshly installed OS (Windows 7), and I managed to nab one that actually had a decent HDD (so many refurbs seem to try to pack in a really small HDD, usually around the 60GB range). The battery only holds about a three hour charge, less when anything even remotely power consuming is used (such as playing videos), and it did pick up a charging issue that I only noticed about a month ago, which is why I know my battery life so well now.

    All in all, if you can afford something new in that spec range, get it. A refurb is barely worth the risk of getting a shit battery, much less the myriad of other issues you could end up with.

    @noob killer: Make a new topic for your problem.
     
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    What you said here would hold true were it that the GPU tasks the computer would be dealing with would be handled by the normal CPU cores, but that however is not the case with the newer Intel CPUs. These new CPUs quite literally has a dedicated part of the chip designated for graphical tasks and whether or not these parts are being utilised does not affect actual CPU performance.

    That being said, the graphical performance of these CPUs is still quite a few steps behind that of dedicated GPUs.
     
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    Both laptops that were posted had integrated graphics.
    Get one with an A8, or A10 if you can find one for a good price. A-series graphics are really good, basically on the level of discrete cards
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834256535
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834215622
     
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    This jumped out at me "5400rpm HDD"

    Avoid that shit at all all costs. Don't make the mistake I made getting a budget computer with a slow hd.
     
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    well can someone recomend a non refurb gaming laptop for less then 700
     
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    I'm just Buying a new laptop from amazon after all.

    It's $550 and im buying 4gb extra ram so $580. It has a really nice graphics card than can run 3d games ( like wow and gw)on mid to high settings
    I don't know the name of it I'm on my iPod now not bookmarked here
     
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    problem? what problem
     
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    7200 RPM hard drives wear out faster than 5400 RPM drives. I have a slower HDD but I never had any issues. Gee, I wonder why.

    And to the OP, avoid Dell and Compaq; they're not are reliable as people make them out to be.
     

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