Is it worth to get a refurbished Laptop?
depend on the way of use, if you just need a laptop as desktop replacement, the answer is yes.
here is why:
let’s compare a refurbished DELL E6420 notebook ($420 CAD ish) with HP 250 G6 15.6" LCD Notebook ($580 CAD ish)
- the obvious – Pricing: not much in this case, but you still save over $100
- the CPU – Refurb DELL E6420 notebook comes with INTEL Core i7-2620m 2.7GHz, the HP 250 G6 15.6" LCD Notebook - Intel Core i3 (6th Gen) i3-6006U Dual-core (2 Core) 2 GHz, check the benchmark compare with newer i3 CPU (https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i7-2620M-vs-Intel-Core-i3-7100U/m643vsm176913), and the result is yes, this old i7 still outperform the new i3
- Memory: 8GB Vs 4GB (the refurb might still use the DDR3, but you do get more RAM, which is good thing for running multiple programs.
- Storage: The refurb comes with 180GB SSD vs 500GB HDD on new laptop, yes, you have more storage, but the trade-off is the speed. depend on how you use it, you can always add an external HDD for data backup.
- Windows 10 Pro Vs Windows 10 home, for office work that require some level of remote access, the pro is the way to go.
only draw-back with refurbished one could be weight, as old model laptops are generally heavier.
as for the warranty, consumer level laptops usually get 1 year with manufacturers, as for the refurbished one, 1 year with refurbished, so no big difference here.