If you’re looking for a great quality laptop or computer that won’t break the bank, you should highly consider purchasing a refurbished, business grade notebook or desktop PC. These machines come from industry leading brands such as Dell, HP, Lenovo, Toshiba and are a cut above your standard home-consumer type models.
The reasoning behind them being so much better is simple, they are designed to last longer, and cope with the stresses of daily use in office environments. Business professionals simply cannot have any downtime as this would seriously harm their productivity and bottom line. Most of these models also feature enterprise grade technologies and many have extra features built in like backlit keyboards, fingerprint readers and more, which typically only come on much higher end units.
Business grade machines from the likes of the Dell, Lenovo, and HP typically also would have cost much more when new, compared to a home consumer model as they have much better construction and are more robust, for example see this snippet from Wikipedia…
Dell Latitude computers are also built to Dell’s RoadReady specification which includes a durable magnesium-alloy casing, internal metal frames and Strike Zone shock protection in case the computer is dropped or suffers a severe impact. Many models also feature free-fall sensors or solid-state drives. Latitude models are also considered more durable and higher quality than the Inspiron line, and even above the premium Studio and XPS models.
Being that these models are highly popular and extremely well built, there is also more chance of future upgrades and parts being more readily available for any repairs.
Many companies tend to update their machines on a 3-5 year cycle, as the majority of these corporate level businesses have their IT equipment on a leasing structure. This means these machines while still in brilliant condition, are no longer required. This is where we come in, we source these machines and select the best of the bunch, fully test them, service them inside and out, then upgrade them where necessary to meet the needs of today.
Once these machines are ready for sale, you’re generally looking at a sub-$600 machine which is in fantastic condition, and sure to beat even most new models at the same price point. For example check out this comparison of a laptop below…
Dell LatitudeE6420 Laptop
Acer Aspire ES1-531-C9V1 Laptop
|Intel Core i5 2520M||Intel Celeron N3050 Processor|
|4GB DDR3 RAM||4GB DDR3 RAM|
|Price: $345.81||Price: $583.00 (on special at major retailer)|
*comparison was made 28/03/2016 with a current “mid range” refurbished laptop and a major retailers current “mid range” offering.
To most people the above models would sound very similar, both have 4GB RAM, both have an Intel Processor, but the one very important key factor here is what TYPE of processor, the Intel Celeron / Pentium Dual Core and other low-end offerings like some of the AMD Dual Core processors used in most of these sub-$600 laptops are not even close to the speed, performance and feature set of the much higher-end processors like the Core i5 series.
Using the CPUBoss website we can easily find benchmark results for these two particular processors going head to head, you can see the benchmark comparison below showing real world test results using various tests from the likes of GeekBench and PassMark, PassMark for example has been around since 1998 and is a leading authority in software and hardware performance benchmarking and testing.
As an additional comparison (shown below), we can see very similar results from the UserBenchmark website, this particular site lets visitors test and upload results from their own machines that use these processors, which then allows us to compare the two side by side in another real world example. See the full comparison here
We have also ran our own in house testing with leading benchmarking software and found the same results as shown from these particular websites. The difference was obvious right from turning on the laptop to simply browsing the internet, while the higher end refurbished unit had already finished installing the benchmarking tools, the brand new laptop at a similar price point, was still slowly going through installing the software.
Simply put, side by side, a refurbished business grade machine that we sell would beat this BRAND NEW laptop hands-down in speed and usability. Based on our own personal experiences with these high end business grade laptops, they usually even outlast brand new home-consumer type models thanks to high quality construction, better quality parts and better all-round build quality.
If you’re interested in getting your hands on a nice refurbished laptop like the one we’ve shown above, be sure to check out our laptops section by clicking here, or simply contact us for a competitive quote.