New vs Refurb Notebook

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by Edge, Jul 20, 2006.

  1. Edge

    Edge Guest

    I am in the market for a lower end notebook computer to do business
    office apps and some audio encoding. I've noticed that there are older
    refurb IBM Thinkpad T30 ( Pentium 4M ) for about the same $ 600 price
    you can find a new lower end notebook on sale (Toshiba Pentium M ).
    Are the older Thinkpads that much more durable and easier to repair to
    consider over a new lower end machine?

    Edge, Jul 20, 2006
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    StinkyPlant Guest

    I bought a refurbished IBM Thinkpad a while back. It was awesome, but
    the battery wouldn't hold charge and there was a huge sticker on the
    front of the shell that the previous owner had put on there. But all in
    all it was a good laptop, but I wouldn't do it again. If I were going to
    spend 600+ on a laptop, I would spend 800 and get a decent new one.

    StinkyPlant, Jul 20, 2006
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    Ernie Werbel Guest

    I bought a refurbished IBM Thinkpad a while back. It was awesome, but

    I second that. Buy the best you can afford and take care of it. Even if
    the refurb one has been rebuilt and retested you still don't know the full
    story behind it. Speaking from experience, refurb and "open-box" is a
    problem waiting to happen. Refurbs often come with a VERY minimal warranty,
    after which stuff starts breaking.
    Ernie Werbel, Jul 23, 2006
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