Refurb laptop worth it?

Tom Tancredi

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Refurb is a large broad term meaning; These could been leased to E3 as the 'sponsored' Egghead laptops for people to use, to someone ordered it from NewEgg said it had porn on it and returned it for a refund, to the original CPU stopped working completely and died on boot up, so was repaired at manufacturer but replaced with a new model to the customer. Anything can be the case, but in all cases Refurb should still have a basic warranty (check in the details) and should be just as fine as a 'untouched' machine direct from manufacturing UNLESS that specific one has statements on its conditions (sold with nic and chips on screen).
 

Tom Tancredi

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Refurb is a large broad term meaning; These could been leased to E3 as the 'sponsored' Egghead laptops for people to use, to someone ordered it from NewEgg said it had porn on it and returned it for a refund, to the original CPU stopped working completely and died on boot up, so was repaired at manufacturer but replaced with a new model to the customer. Anything can be the case, but in all cases Refurb should still have a basic warranty (check in the details) and should be just as fine as a 'untouched' machine direct from manufacturing UNLESS that specific one has statements on its conditions (sold with nic and chips on screen).
 
When someone buys a new product, then returns it, the store is not allowed to sell it as new again. "Manufacturer refurbished" means Newegg sent the returned laptop back to Asus, who inspected it, corrected any problems cited as the cause of the return (or didn't correct it if they decided it was "normal" and the buyer just had unrealistic expectations), ran it through whatever tests they do to make sure it's working ok, and are offering it up for sale again.

Generally manufacturer refurbs are pretty safe (much safer than refurbished by a 3rd party), and Newegg is a reliable vendor. But keep in mind that this is a laptop someone else has returned. It may have random flaws like dead pixels that the original buyer didn't like. Or sometimes a particular model has a design defect which causes lots of buyers to return it, and the manufacturer simply wipes them down to clean off any fingerprints and resells them. Do some research to determine if lots of owners are complaining about a widespread problem with that particular model. The notebookreview owner's forums are a good place to start.

http://forum.notebookreview.com/forums/asus-gaming-notebook-forum.1087/
 
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