It’s time for a new computer.
Perhaps your old one just went to computer heaven and there’s no getting it back, or maybe your computer is just so outdated that you need an upgrade but what do you do?
Do you go and get a brand new computer at brand new prices or do you get something that is used and refurbished? The answer is it all depends on what you want to do with it.
The obvious difference between used and new is that new is top of the line, the newest models out there, the ones everyone wants and the used ones are those that are a few generations behind the new current crop.
Much like a car, the upgrades and updates on computers come so fast and furious that if you blink you have an outdated machine. Few of us really need all the new bells and whistles of a brand new computer, though many will buy brand new just to have the latest technology.
If you are not up on all the latest stuff and just want a computer to check Facebook or to surf the web (albeit more slowly) then a used computer may work well for you and it will end up a lot cheaper.
See, laptops have batteries and they only last for so long before you need to buy a new one.
Batteries are expensive, so if you are eyeing a used unit, see how much the battery will be to replace before you buy. It’s also a good idea to see how much the apps you want to run (if they’re not on it already) will be.
Adding all of this up with the price of a used machine may end up a lot more than you bargained for and new may look more appealing. (and new comes with, you guessed it, a new battery!)
If the refurbished computer still looks good, make sure it actually looks good, like it has no dents, cracks or hazy screen goings on that will make it work less efficiently.
Also check all the ports, and inputs to make sure they still work and are still accessible. Give the keyboard a quick check too to make sure the keys work and that the trackpad still has some traction and you’re good to go.
The bottom line is this–do your homework and you won’t be disappointed with either your brand new or your brand new to you refurbished computer.
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Dell XPS 13 9370 (2018) Review
Dell's XPS 13 has remained our favorite consumer laptop for the past few years, thanks to its beautiful nearly borderless display, light weight and sleek aesthetic. Now, after multiple generations of sticking with the same chassis, Dell's premium flagship has a new design with slimmer dimensions and a beautiful white-and-gold color scheme. In other improvements, the XPS 13 9370 ($999 to start, $1,249 / $2,499 as tested) also offers an optional 4K display, a better webcam, support for eGPUs and a cooling system that promises stronger sustained performance.
- Attractive design
- Vibrant screen
- Strong performance
- Good battery life overall
- Runs cool
- No USB Type-A Ports
- Improved webcam still looks up your nose