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Let’s be real: everyone loves to have the latest tech in their pocket, in their backpack or on their desk. It’s just human nature. If we don’t possess cutting edge high-tech toys in the 21st century we feel like a farmer in the early 20th century who was still using an ox to plow his field while the farmer next door had one of those new-fangled tractors. When it comes to laptops the conventional wisdom is essentially the same: newer is better. But is that really the case? It may be a kind of high-tech heresy we’re going to preach here but the fact is that purchasing a brand new laptop these days is often, if not always, a waste of money. And below we’ll provide 5 BIG reasons why refurbished, cheap laptops are the better buy.

5 Reasons Why Refurbished Cheap Laptops are the Smart Choice

99.9% of the human race couldn’t tell this year’s laptop from last year’s. With that as our backdrop, let’s look at 5 reasons why brand new laptops are a waste of money and why you should opt for affordable computers that have been refurbished instead.

  1. Cost- A decent laptop today with a 15 inch screen is going to cost anywhere from $700 to $1,500 or more. That’s a lot of money for something most people only use to post to social media or buy airline tickets. Sure it may have that new computer smell when you take it out of your bag at the cafe but the fact is most folks around you won’t notice, it won’t stop your hair from thinning, it won’t get you a better deal on air fares to Paris and it won’t cause your latest FB post to attract any more likes. Now contrast that to a refurbished laptop that’s no more than a year or so old and costs half the price. You’ll still get the 15 inch screen, still get the latest software, still get a warranty and will be able to upgrade your hotel in Paris with the money you save. Oh, and no one will be able to tell it’s not new.
  2. Useless upgrades - Can you tell if your new computer is booting up .7 seconds faster than your old computer? Do you like it when your new computer is constantly hounding you to “take advantage” of various add-ons that will cost you money but won’t add any useful functionality to your machine or value to your life? Are you enamored of the fact that your new laptop is now watching your every move even closer than your previous computer was? What about the fact that your new upgraded operating system doesn’t even provide you a way to play DVDs? The point is what is often touted as “progress” is really just “different”. And different doesn’t always mean better. Not by a long shot.
  3. Refurbished doesn’t mean obsolete - People get rid of their old laptops for a variety of reasons. The number 1 reason, however, is ego. They want to be able to say they have the latest and greatest, and that’s fine. Whatever floats your boat. But the fact is the laptop they just traded in is probably lightning fast and outfitted with most of the latest software programs you want. In the early days of the laptop there was often a night and day difference between new models and old. That’s because the technology was still in its infancy and was advancing by leaps and bounds. Those days are over. The difference between processor speed this year and last year is undetectable. The difference between having 1TB of storage on last year’s laptop and 2TB on this year’s model is irrelevant to most people. And the fact that this year’s model is 1/8 of an inch thinner than last year doesn’t matter either. The point is, year-old refurbished affordable computers are marvels of modern technology and anyone who tells you otherwise simply doesn’t know what they’re talking about.
  4. The compatibility myth - Computer salespeople need you to believe that you need a new computer in order to avoid compatibility issues with the latest hardware and software offerings. Hogwash. Refurbished cheap laptops that are a year old will be able to handle the latest version of even the most processor-intensive 3D programs on the market without skipping a beat. And that goes for 4K video, VR games, video editing software and anything else you can think of. As we said earlier, there are no more technological leaps from one year to the next any more. Those days are gone forever, over a long time ago.
  5. Environmentally irresponsible- Do you know what happens to discarded laptops? Most people don’t. They aren’t recycled in Wheat Ridge. Instead, they more often than not wind up in enormous toxic was dumps in African countries like Ghana, where the government makes money from accepting the electronic refuse of the Western world. When you purchase refurbished affordable computers instead of brand new ones you’re helping to break the cycle of environmental degradation and make the world just a little bit better.


For all of the above reasons and more it makes total sense to purchase a refurbished laptop at Affordable Computers and Repair in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. You’ll save money, enjoy essentially the same functionality, be able to run all your favorite software and you might just help save the world in the process.


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