Refurbished Laptop Advice

elsmandino

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Hi there.

I would be really grateful for some general advice on buying a laptop to replace my current desktop PC.

One of the main motivations is space - my wife and I both now work from home and we have a really tiny office.

We are thinking of taking it in turns to use the office, whilst the other one works at a breakfast bar.

My current tower is connected to two external monitors and there are a couple of external speakers as well.

I was hoping that I could put one of the monitors in the kitchen, so we could each have an external monitor.

I will look to sell the tower but not sure how much I will get for it (i3-2105 system with 8GB Ram).

Is it advisable to consider a refurbished laptop, rather than something brand new?

I have quite a limited budget (£300 but could push this up a little bit).
 

VirtualLarry

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You need two refurb laptops, for 300? (Not familiar with Euro pricing.)

Newegg.com often had HP Elitebook G3 laptops with 8GB RAM and an SSD for USD $199 from third party corporate asset recovery / refurbishers.

You might be lucky to get $50 for a desktop rig that old.
 
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elsmandino

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Sorry guys - my earlier post was a bit unclear.

Just the one laptop I am after - budget equates to about $400.

Whilst I do love the mini PCs, I need two screens for my job and thus will have go down the laptop route with an exernal monitor plugged in.
 

elsmandino

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Unfortunately, we are so short of space that we only have room for one external monitor - I was hoping to just plug that into a laptop and then put everything away at the end of the day.
 

elsmandino

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Thanks for this - good to know I am going down the right route with the Thinkpads.

I found a deal on a Lenovo ThickPad L580 that looks pretty good - 240GB SSD, 16GB RAM, i5-8350U, Windows 11 Standard for £352.50.

Has a few scratches on it (advertised as Grade C) but does come with 1 year warranty.

Do you think this looks worth considering?

I am a bit out of touch with CPUs (especially mobile ones) but 8th generation still seems to be pretty good in this day and age.
 

kingrobert

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In my opinion, If you are giving money for a refurbished piece so why not we could give some more money and buy a new one because refurbished pieces don't have a day's warranty.
 

mpo

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Refurbished laptops purchased from the Dell Outlet have a 1-year warranty. This is true in the US. Looks like this is true in Europe, too. Would double-check for your country, though.
 

Steltek

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I can't get the Dell Outlet to localize to Canada.

The functional equivalent (https://www.dellrefurbished.ca/faq) shows a 100 day warranty for systems.
That isn't the Dell Outlet. Dellrefurbished is the sales arm of Dell Financial Services, which re-sells off-lease computer equipment.

That being said, you can pay like $49 and get the warranty extended for a year. Catch a sale, and sometimes the price for the extended warranties are less than that.
 

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