The performance and flexibility laptops offer makes them ideal for work and home life, serving as a work device that can be used on the go, as well as being perfect for watching TV and online shopping. However, as time goes on and performance reduces, you will eventually find yourself in need of an upgrade.

When you reach this stage, you may be tempted by the latest models on the market, despite the hefty price tags, which can put a strain on your finances. Fortunately, there is a simple solution - instead of buying a brand new model, choose refurbished laptops and in fact, get more for your money.

Refurbished laptops from top brands like Apple and Dell offer all the incredible features that you desire from a brand-new laptop, without the inflated prices. They are also an excellent green option that is significantly more environmentally friendly than buying new.

If you are new to refurbished computing, our guide on how to shop refurbished laptops on a budget will help you make the right choice, both for your finances and your requirements. For more information and advice on any of our products, please call 01428 707900.

Why choose refurbished laptops?

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Better specifications for less
  • Avoid inflated brand new prices
  • Fully tested and operational
  • Full 12 Month RTB Warranty

When considering whether you should go with a refurbished laptop or not, often thoughts fly around such as ‘am I not better off buying a new one?’. Often, this isn’t the case; our refurbished laptops come with a free one year warranty and are tested to the strictest quality standards, with the vast majority being rated Grade A condition.

In fact, your money will go a lot further with refurbished tech, meaning you can afford a much higher spec laptop than you would compared to buying new.

Specs to consider

As you shop for your upgrade, consider the specifications that you require for how you plan to use your laptop. For example, if you are a light user mainly internet browsing, streaming and working with word processing software, you won’t need top end specs that will cost you more, but if you are an illustrator, you may need to invest in a laptop with more RAM to ensure high performance with your software.

Core processor

A laptop’s specs are essentially technical descriptions of its components and capabilities. This is the most important thing to think about when shopping for a laptop, refurbished or otherwise, as it will shape the whole user experience.

Of course, the specs that you will require are largely dependent on what you use the laptop for, however there are some features that you should be sure to look out for when browsing.

Firstly, you will want a core processor no lower than i5, especially if you do a lot of streaming. This is because the physical core of your laptop will largely determine the overall speed of your laptop.

RAM

You’ll then want to check out RAM specifications. RAM is essentially the device’s capacity for short-term memory. This is the time to start thinking about exactly what you want from your laptop.

16 GB RAM is perfect for the gamers or multitaskers but is more expensive than a typical laptop’s RAM capacity. If you’re looking to use your laptop for office productivity, media streaming, web browsing and photo editing, then 8GB of RAM is perfect.

If you’re unsure, get in touch with our team who can advise on the optimum RAM for your needs.

Storage

When considering storage capacity, you should search for a laptop with a Solid-State Drive (SSD), as this will ensure your device stays speedy even when getting full. If you don’t need space for a large number of media files or PC games on your storage, then a 256GB SSD is plenty for you.

However, if you do, you should go for a 512 GB model. Although this is more expensive, it will ensure a good user experience and high performance.

Battery

The last thing you should consider when purchasing your refurbished laptop, is the battery size. Long battery life is a luxury that you should factor into your budget. This feature is ideal, especially for those looking for a refurbished laptop that’s appropriate for meetings and presentations.

At Hardware Associates our team are highly skilled and experienced in creating custom specs to help you create the perfect device for your needs. We offer a range of upgrades on laptop specifications, such as those listed above. Many people prefer building a laptop in this way from refurbished tech as the money saved on buying new can be used to customise a refurbished model to fit your exact needs.

Check the warranty

So, we’ve already established that by purchasing a refurbished laptop you are getting more for your money, you are also helping the environment by recycling, which has never been more important. However, before you buy, be sure to check the warranty on the product you are buying.

By shopping at Hardware Associates, you will have a free one year warranty with your fully refurbished device, so you can buy in confidence that you are covered if an unexpected issue does arise.

Review the testing process

Last but not least, before going ahead and buying a fantastic refurbished laptop, you need to check that the company has a rigorous testing process. This more or less rules out one-off buys from a current owner; you’re more protected going through a company which will fully check the laptop and price appropriately, as well as offering a warranty on fully refurbished laptops. As a rule of thumb, if a deal online looks too good to be true, it probably is.

At Hardware Associates we have a strict testing process where we ensure that our refurbished laptops are ‘like new’ as much as possible. This process is fully transparent and is part of our Q20 Promise - a list of twenty checks we make to ensure high quality, high performance computing for our customers.

Choose Hardware Associates

Our team has been providing refurbished laptops, PCs and tablets along with accessories and spare parts for over 20 years, at the highest industry standards. With our skills and experience we understand what you need from computing tech and can offer it to you at incredible, competitive prices.

Browse our range online today and if you can’t find what you’re looking for or need more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.