refurbished laptops

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Hello:

I'm in the market for a laptop. As money is tight, I've been exploring
the used/refurbished market.

The laptop doesn't need to have a lot of horsepower. It would be used
for word processing, E-mail, Web surfing and file transfer through the
network port.

I'm currently considering a refurbished IBM Thinkpad offered on IBM's
Website. The price fits my budget and the hardware specs look good.

I was wondering if anyone here has any experience buying anything from
IBM in this manner? Positive or negative experiences would be appreciated.

regards,
me
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    I bought a used Thinkpad from thinkpads.com and it has worked well. Even
    with an older TP, you can still download a lot of drivers etc., from IBM
    along with documentation. But Dell and HP also seem to offer just as much
    from my experience.


    You might also consider places like Compgeeks.com, usanotebooks.com, or
    dellauction.com. for other brands.


    You probably realize this already, but with most of the used machines you
    can count on the battery being shot, or close to it. If you intend to simply
    run off the power supply it's no problem, but new batteries often command a
    hefty price.

    "me" <noname@nomail.com> wrote in message
    news:4150bed4_5@newsfeed.slurp.net...
    > Hello:
    >
    > I'm in the market for a laptop. As money is tight, I've been exploring
    > the used/refurbished market.
    >
    > The laptop doesn't need to have a lot of horsepower. It would be used
    > for word processing, E-mail, Web surfing and file transfer through the
    > network port.
    >
    > I'm currently considering a refurbished IBM Thinkpad offered on IBM's
    > Website. The price fits my budget and the hardware specs look good.
    >
    > I was wondering if anyone here has any experience buying anything from
    > IBM in this manner? Positive or negative experiences would be appreciated.
    >
    > regards,
    > me
    >
    >
  2. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    Hello:

    Thanks Dave and 12v for your thoughts. According to IBM, the refurb
    laptops come with a "refurb" battery. I suspect that means they at least
    checked the battery to be sure it holds a charge.

    I did comparison shop at Dell, Gateway and HP. Their prices are
    considerably higher for similar laptops.

    regards,
    bruce

    12volt wrote:

    > I bought a used Thinkpad from thinkpads.com and it has worked well. Even
    > with an older TP, you can still download a lot of drivers etc., from IBM
    > along with documentation. But Dell and HP also seem to offer just as much
    > from my experience.
    >
    >
    >
    > You might also consider places like Compgeeks.com, usanotebooks.com, or
    > dellauction.com. for other brands.
    >
    >
    >
    > You probably realize this already, but with most of the used machines you
    > can count on the battery being shot, or close to it. If you intend to simply
    > run off the power supply it's no problem, but new batteries often command a
    > hefty price.
    >
    > "me" <noname@nomail.com> wrote in message
    > news:4150bed4_5@newsfeed.slurp.net...
    >
    >>Hello:
    >>
    >>I'm in the market for a laptop. As money is tight, I've been exploring
    >>the used/refurbished market.
    >>
    >>The laptop doesn't need to have a lot of horsepower. It would be used
    >>for word processing, E-mail, Web surfing and file transfer through the
    >>network port.
    >>
    >>I'm currently considering a refurbished IBM Thinkpad offered on IBM's
    >>Website. The price fits my budget and the hardware specs look good.
    >>
    >>I was wondering if anyone here has any experience buying anything from
    >>IBM in this manner? Positive or negative experiences would be appreciated.
    >>
    >>regards,
    >> me
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    "me" <noname@nomail.com> wrote in message
    news:4150bed4_5@newsfeed.slurp.net...
    > Hello:
    >
    > I'm in the market for a laptop. As money is tight, I've been exploring
    > the used/refurbished market.
    >
    > The laptop doesn't need to have a lot of horsepower. It would be used
    > for word processing, E-mail, Web surfing and file transfer through the
    > network port.
    >
    > I'm currently considering a refurbished IBM Thinkpad offered on IBM's
    > Website. The price fits my budget and the hardware specs look good.
    >
    > I was wondering if anyone here has any experience buying anything from
    > IBM in this manner? Positive or negative experiences would be appreciated.
    >
    > regards,
    > me

    Well, if you have to get a refurb, IBM is a good bet. But I think it would
    be tough to beat a new Dell for less than $700. -Dave

    http://www1.us.dell.com/content/products/features.aspx/outrageous_notebooks?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd
  4. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    On Tue, 21 Sep 2004 20:27:27 -0400, "Dave C." <mdupre@sff.net>
    whipped out "The Mallet O' Understanding" and bashed *this* into my
    head:

    >
    >"me" <noname@nomail.com> wrote in message
    >news:4150bed4_5@newsfeed.slurp.net...
    >> Hello:
    >>
    >> I'm in the market for a laptop. As money is tight, I've been exploring
    >> the used/refurbished market.
    >>
    >> The laptop doesn't need to have a lot of horsepower. It would be used
    >> for word processing, E-mail, Web surfing and file transfer through the
    >> network port.
    >>
    >> I'm currently considering a refurbished IBM Thinkpad offered on IBM's
    >> Website. The price fits my budget and the hardware specs look good.
    >>
    >> I was wondering if anyone here has any experience buying anything from
    >> IBM in this manner? Positive or negative experiences would be appreciated.
    >>
    >> regards,
    >> me
    >
    >Well, if you have to get a refurb, IBM is a good bet. But I think it would
    >be tough to beat a new Dell for less than $700. -Dave

    Dell is even a better choice if you know how to speak Hindi; it really
    rattles their tech support when you start barking back at them in
    their native language.
  5. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    I am on my second refurbished Sony. I still use the first one for a
    travelling companion. The warranty was the same as a new computer and
    the price was about half that of a new one. Check out Ubid for many
    options on new, refurbished, discontinued, etc. at great prices and
    reasonable cost.

    jimbo


    me wrote:

    > Hello:
    >
    > I'm in the market for a laptop. As money is tight, I've been exploring
    > the used/refurbished market.
    >
    > The laptop doesn't need to have a lot of horsepower. It would be used
    > for word processing, E-mail, Web surfing and file transfer through the
    > network port.
    >
    > I'm currently considering a refurbished IBM Thinkpad offered on IBM's
    > Website. The price fits my budget and the hardware specs look good.
    >
    > I was wondering if anyone here has any experience buying anything from
    > IBM in this manner? Positive or negative experiences would be appreciated.
    >
    > regards,
    > me
    >
    >
  6. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    >Hello:
    >
    >Thanks Dave and 12v for your thoughts. According to IBM, the refurb
    >laptops come with a "refurb" battery. I suspect that means they at least
    >checked the battery to be sure it holds a charge.
    >
    >I did comparison shop at Dell, Gateway and HP. Their prices are
    >considerably higher for similar laptops.
    >
    >regards,
    > bruce

    Instead of rebuilt this one is like new since it got no use. You can
    upgrade to a CD burner for about $55 or a DVD burner for $165, at any
    time.
    1700+ m-AMD Vaio, 15" screen, 386MB RAM, 40GB 5200rpm Seagate
    Momentous, DVD/CD drive: http://tinyurl.com/4xdn4


    ------------
    When your PC gives a little they give a lot.
    http://www.dslreports.com/forum/disco
  7. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    "Dave C." wrote:

    > "me" <noname@nomail.com> wrote in message
    > news:4150bed4_5@newsfeed.slurp.net...
    > > Hello:
    > >
    > > I'm in the market for a laptop. As money is tight, I've been exploring
    > > the used/refurbished market.
    > >
    > > The laptop doesn't need to have a lot of horsepower. It would be used
    > > for word processing, E-mail, Web surfing and file transfer through the
    > > network port.
    > >
    > > I'm currently considering a refurbished IBM Thinkpad offered on IBM's
    > > Website. The price fits my budget and the hardware specs look good.
    > >
    > > I was wondering if anyone here has any experience buying anything from
    > > IBM in this manner? Positive or negative experiences would be appreciated.
    > >
    > > regards,
    > > me
    >
    > Well, if you have to get a refurb, IBM is a good bet. But I think it would
    > be tough to beat a new Dell for less than $700.

    It would be very easy to beat a Celeron notebook at around $700. There
    are nice Athlon XP notebooks for around that price.

    > -Dave
    >
    > http://www1.us.dell.com/content/products/features.aspx/outrageous_notebooks?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd
  8. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    Not sure how much you are looking to spend, but if you have access to Sam's
    Club, they have a new ECS Althon 1600 laptop for $578. And a 3 year service
    policy available on it for $80.

    I have a TP that is only good for a doorstop right now - it lasted a little
    over a year. My Dell laptop has been good for almost 3 years, but I paid
    about $300 for the 3 year warranty with it.

    Just my 2 cents. Good luck with your search.

    Claire


    "me" <noname@nomail.com> wrote in message
    news:4150bed4_5@newsfeed.slurp.net...
    > Hello:
    >
    > I'm in the market for a laptop. As money is tight, I've been exploring
    > the used/refurbished market.
    >
    > The laptop doesn't need to have a lot of horsepower. It would be used
    > for word processing, E-mail, Web surfing and file transfer through the
    > network port.
    >
    > I'm currently considering a refurbished IBM Thinkpad offered on IBM's
    > Website. The price fits my budget and the hardware specs look good.
    >
    > I was wondering if anyone here has any experience buying anything from
    > IBM in this manner? Positive or negative experiences would be appreciated.
    >
    > regards,
    > me
    >
    >
  9. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    Hello:

    Thanks to all who responded and shared their thoughts.

    Of the new laptops, the Dell Inspiron noted by Dave seems to be the
    best. Only drawback I can see is there is no mention whether it comes
    with a modem. As I live in "no broadband land," a modem is necessary.

    Thanks again for sharing your wisdom.

    regards,
    bruce

    Claire wrote:

    > Not sure how much you are looking to spend, but if you have access to Sam's
    > Club, they have a new ECS Althon 1600 laptop for $578. And a 3 year service
    > policy available on it for $80.
    >
    > I have a TP that is only good for a doorstop right now - it lasted a little
    > over a year. My Dell laptop has been good for almost 3 years, but I paid
    > about $300 for the 3 year warranty with it.
    >
    > Just my 2 cents. Good luck with your search.
    >
    > Claire
    >
    >
    > "me" <noname@nomail.com> wrote in message
    > news:4150bed4_5@newsfeed.slurp.net...
    >
    >>Hello:
    >>
    >>I'm in the market for a laptop. As money is tight, I've been exploring
    >>the used/refurbished market.
    >>
    >>The laptop doesn't need to have a lot of horsepower. It would be used
    >>for word processing, E-mail, Web surfing and file transfer through the
    >>network port.
    >>
    >>I'm currently considering a refurbished IBM Thinkpad offered on IBM's
    >>Website. The price fits my budget and the hardware specs look good.
    >>
    >>I was wondering if anyone here has any experience buying anything from
    >>IBM in this manner? Positive or negative experiences would be appreciated.
    >>
    >>regards,
    >> me
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
    >
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