5 Things to Check Before Buying A Refurbished Laptop

What to check when buying a refurbished laptop.

Before buying a refurbished laptop

So you want to buy a refurbished laptop but aren’t quite sure if you should--and we don’t blame you! Before buying any refurbished laptop or phone, there are a few things you should check to make sure you’re getting a good deal.

1. Check the reviews before buying a refurbished laptop

A majority of consumers will provide honest and insightful feedback when they write reviews online. Before you purchase any refurbished laptop or used device, scroll through the feedback on any devices you’re seriously considering. Look for patterns in the reviews, for both the positives and negatives of the computer. Focus in particular on comments that address:

  • Purposes (do they use the laptop for work, photo or video editing, gaming, etc)

  • RAM and processing speed (how fast does it run, how well can you multitask on the machine) 

  • Programs you plan on using and any issues others may have encountered using those programs

  • Storage space (did they have enough for how they were using the computer)

  • Build quality and overall user experience

  • Quality of the refurbishing and accurate quality rating

2. Check for a warranty when buying a refurbished laptop or MacBook

Most new laptops, like MacBooks, come with a one-year warranty, or have the option to purchase an extended warranty, like Apple Care. With refurbished laptops, the warranty becomes even more important because there is the possibility of a faulty repair or hidden issues that weren’t discovered. Look for sellers who offer a full-coverage warranty for at least 6 months to a year for all devices, like the warranty offered by Back Market. Back Market provides a minimum 1-year warranty with all refurbished products featured on the website.