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Refurbished computers

Posted on 1998-11-09
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I noticed that many PC vendors such as HP, Dell and Gateway sell refurbished machines. HP gives only 90 days warranty on those machines while Dell and Gateway provide full standard warranty.

Has anyone had any experience with refurbished machines in general and with machines from those venodrs in particular? Is it generally a good deal and is it worth the risk?

I would appreciate any commects.
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I think that refurbed machines are generally a good value.  The fact that some sell their refurbs with a full warranty speaks for itself.  That others provide a short warranty, however, would cause me to be very cautious of these vendors.
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First of all HP is a reputable company, second the fact that the warranty is partial is reflected in the price, third you can by full warranty for extra $300. If you think refurbished computers are generally as good as new (is it what you were implying?) then why pay for extra warranty. It is a bit difficult to compare the machines feature by feature since they all come pre-configured and you cannot change configuration.
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I own a factory refurbished HP vvectra 5/150 now iy's not some monstor machine but it works great for my family and for when I take it out with me to my National Guard Summer Camp.  This thing held up well for riding in the back of a humvee.  The only problems I have had have been minor software related and most of them from my own mistakes.

Regards, Rodger

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