Advice on buying a refurb laptop?

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  1. frascati

    frascati Adventurer

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    I haven't been in the market for about five years.
    Can anyone recommend the most useful business class (high functionality, solid physical build, no frills, basic black) refurb laptop for about 250USD?
    I know that doesn't buy a lot. But it ought to be a pretty useful 64bit i3processsor at least.
    Thanks so much for any suggestions at all. Even suggested vendors.
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  2. Yooper_Bob

    Yooper_Bob Long timer

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    I have purchased several refurbished computers... but only directly from the manufacturer.

    I have not been able to distinguish them from brand new.

    Lenovo often has good refurbished deals. I have also purchased from Dell, but not for a number of years now....
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  3. CarlWheezer

    CarlWheezer Where's my Boomstick....

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    Try www.microcenter.com I have bought some refurb items from them and have been happy with the service and selection.
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  5. Uke

    Uke visualist Super Supporter

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    All my Macs in the last dozen years have been Apple refurbs, direct from them, online.
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    longwaypyder Been here awhile Supporter

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    What Uke said. Bought several Apple refurbs,cannot distinguish from new.
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    I have purchased Refurbished Dells for more years than I care to remember.

    Direct from Dell

    Good Luck
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    I had good luck with a refurb MacBook Pro, gave me eight years of service, and even now, I think the only reason it died is my tinkering
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  11. frascati

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    https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16834270361?Item=N82E16834270361
    Do you have any comment on this one? The zbook and elitebook are HPs nicer business class. From what I can gather if you compare them on spec and price the zbook trends more graphics processor/display and display port options for that type of business use, and the elitebook trends more numbers crunching/spreadsheet processing for that type of user.

    I'd identify my needs more toward graphics, but there's precious little on these sites about specifics in that regard. Otherwise this model seems to fit my criteria well. There are very similar laptops at my 250 price point, but this has a 256g ssd as opposed to the more common 128g ssd (ssd is a priority), a screen resolution of 1600 x 900 rather than the much more common 1280 x 800 in this size, and is "A" rated in condition.

    4gb memory is not an issue. I've got plenty of extra laying about in junk drawers I can slot in there.

    Anything else you see pro or con here?
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