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Best Things To Buy Used – Computers

dell-latitude-d630-laptopTechnology in chips increases regularly, but for the average user, there is no need to pay the high dollar for the newest, fastest chip.  Here are some decent specs for a computer.

Dell Lattitude

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz, 3M L2 Cache, 1066FSB

Screen Size: 14.1″

Memory: 4 GB DDR 2 SDRAM 800MHz (2 DIMMs)

Hard Drive: 160 GB Hard Drive 7200 RPM (I don’t download a lot of songs, I listen to them on Pandora or GrooveShark so i just wanted a faster hard drive)

Operating System: Windows XP with Vista Business License (XP is a lighter OS and will be faster than Vista)

Brand New, this laptop would cost $738.  If you go to the Dell Outlet, it is $521.  You could save ~$200, and reuse a computer that someone else either didn’t want, or was refurbished.  Now I know what you are thinking, “I don’t want a refurbished computer.”  Let me put your mind at ease.  For example, Dell categorizes its used computers into 4 categories certified refurbished, previously ordered new, scratch and dent, and off lease.  Click on the link above to see the detailed description of each.  Other computer manufacturers have similar outlets like Lenovo and HP.

Out of all those categories, I would stick with certified refurbished and previously ordered new.  The reason is b/c computers that were previously ordered new have not been powered on and have no blemishes.  They were probably a laptop that was shipped to the wrong place and got sent back.  Basically they are brand new computers being sold at a discount.

Certified refurbished computers may have been turned on, and may have minor cosmetic damages, but in my mind, those things are going to happen to laptops anyway.  Everything is in perfect working order and both certified refurbished and previously ordered new come with the same warranty as a new computer in case something does go wrong and has a 21 day return policy if you are not happy with your computer.

Another way to save money on these is to look for coupon codes on sites like BensBargains, Slickdeals, and TechDealDigger.

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