Taking Care Of Your Electronics

Three Refurbished Computer Myths To Overlook

by Aiden Knight

If you've purchased a computer in recent years, you know that these units can come along with significant price tags. Purchasing a refurbished unit can yield a huge savings. However, some people look past this option because of myths. Don't let a myth about refurbished computers cause you to miss out on the opportunity to find a computer with all the features you want for a fraction of the cost.

Refurbished Means Defective

There is a somewhat common misconception that refurbished computers only include those units that are defective. Refurbished can mean many other things. Take a computer that sustained a minor dent on the exterior of the CPU tower during the shipping process, for example.

The exterior of the CPU tower would be replaced, which would deem the unit refurbished. However, in this case, there was absolutely no flaw to the internal components of the computer, simply a cosmetic issue, meaning the unit is in excellent condition.

Void License Agreements

Whether it's for an operating system like Windows or some other software program, you probably understand that you need to have a license agreement for these programs in the event you need to update or reinstall the program. Don't fall for the myth that refurbished computers come without these agreements.

While you might not get these agreements with a person-to-person sale, professional retailers include this information with your purchase. This information is generally presented to you in the form of a certificate of authenticity or an official recovery disk or media device, putting your mind at ease.

Come Without Warranties

Purchasing a refurbished computer also does not mean that you are purchasing a computer without a warranty. The reality is that you can easily end up with double-protection. In many instances, both the original manufacturer and the retailer that performed the refurbishment will extend a warranty protection plan for the unit.

Warranties don't just include coverage for the original configuration of the unit, but also the refurbished parts. For example, say you purchased a unit with a refurbished hard drive. Say the hard drive fails due to an installation error, but the original warranty for the hard drive has expired. The additional, or extended, warranty will generally cover the replacement of the component regardless of the terms of the existing manufacturer warranty.

If you're looking for a new computer, make sure you aren't overlooking a refurbished unit as an opportunity to save money and still get what you need. Contact a business, such as Bad Dog computers, for more information about refurbished computers.