If you have never bought refurbished IT before, it can be a bit daunting, especially if you aren’t sure exactly how it has been refurbished and the past history of the hardware.

In large part, this is due to the myths that exist around the risk of purchasing refurbished IT, and whether it lives up to people's needs and standards.

We have put together some of the most heard and repeated myths about refurbished tech and debunked them for you, so you can make the right purchase decision for you - whilst saving money and doing your bit for the environment.

‘Isn’t refurbished tech just a broken computer that has been fixed?’

This is one of the main concerns that people have and 99.9% of the time this is not the case at all. The majority of refurbished computers and laptops are either products that have been scratched during shipping, unsold or have been returned by a customer.

In essence, you can buy a machine that’s practically new for a fraction of the cost. All of our refurbished products are graded based on their condition, so you always know the exact quality and process of refurbishment that the tech has undergone.

‘Refurbished tech runs slow’

Here at Hardware Associates, we thoroughly check and test all hardware to ensure it runs as good as new. All of the computers, laptops and iPads are restored to factory settings so that you can’t even tell whether you are using a brand new computer or refurbished.

There have also been studies done, including by Microsoft themselves, to test whether users can tell the difference between using brand new and refurbished tech. The conclusion of the results found users were not able to tell which was which.

In fact, the main difference between them will probably be the price; you can potentially save over £1000 on the RRP of some computers and laptops when you shop with us for a refurbished model.

‘Isn’t the lifespan shorter?’

As discussed above, all of our stock is refurbished to ensure it is ‘like new’ and this means that you can expect a long lifespan from the tech. We ensure the tech is running the latest versions of software and all the parts are fully functional.

On the off chance that your computer or laptop does not last as long as you would have liked, we also stock a range of spare parts. This means you can boost the lifespan of your computer to even longer.

‘Refurbished IT is not guaranteed’

If you buy your refurbished computer, laptop or tablet from a reputable vendor such as Hardware Associates, then you can rest assured as you will get a guarantee with your purchase.

The majority of our refurbished stock comes with a one year guarantee. This gives you peace of mind that in the unlikely event that something does go wrong, we will be there to help and fix it.

Find out more about our warranties and Q20 Promise to our customers here.

‘It won’t be powerful enough’

If you are a business owner or work in a creative sector, then you may worry that buying refurbished means that you are buying a less powerful computer that can’t deal with the amount of programs you use.

This is not the case, and it’s actually more likely that you will be buying a machine with higher specs and performance than you might otherwise been able to afford brand new. As all of our refurbished tech is thoroughly checked, and we regularly upgrade parts to better performing or newer ones, you can’t go wrong.

If you’re looking for something a bit more powerful than your standard computer or laptop, then get in touch with our team, as we are skilled at installing further upgrades to systems and parts to create a more bespoke and better running system for you.

Purchase risk free refurbished tech

If you are interested in purchasing refurbished IT for your home or business, take a look through our product selection online. If you have any questions or would like something a bit more specific, give our team a call on 01428 707900 and we would be happy to help.