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Old 11-23-2022, 10:28 PM   #1
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Dell refurburshed laptop computers

I first started using a laptop when Vista first came out doing only e-mail, using the Forum, playing games, using whatever programs come with the computer,and a few orders each year. My Windows 7 crapped out last year with a blank screen so had to currently all back on my old old Vista.

I see Dell has lots of refurbished laptops, and hearing Dell are excellent quality, would I really be sticking my neck on the chopping block to try using one of these Dells? Not knowing what programs would be on one of them, nor how to add what I needed, would I have less problems and frustrations to just go to a box store and buy whatever they carry?

Also, would like to have all my Bookmarks transferred to a new one, plus want to add a wireless printer at same time.

I know, kind of like driving a stick shift car and asking about maybe getting an twin engine airplane.

Probably a hopeless deal here.
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Old 11-23-2022, 10:38 PM   #2
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I've been buying Dell refurbished, for less than half the price of new, for a long time. They seem to last as long as new, and the software is basically the same as what I'd get on a new machine.

I'm hard on computers (physically - I break them) and so the price for refurbished works for me. I'd recommend them.


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https://www.microcenter.com/product/...bished)-silver
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I have been buying and using refurbished Dell computers for years. Dell refurbished comes with same warranty as a new computer. Software on refurbished will be same as a new computer, including all of the Dell and Microsoft bloatware. I assume all of these computers will come with Windows 11, but you may be able to find a few Win10 machines. Between now and Christmas you may find really good deals, and be sure to check Costco for special deals. All in all, I have never found downside to buying refurbished. First thing I do, is delete junk, and set up my own virus protection.
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If you go through the Dell Outlet listings carefully you will find that some are "returns" that actually exhibited problem but many are just builds that people rejected for one reason or another. Dell can't sell them as new but they are new in almost all regards. They usually are very good buys.
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My last 2 laptops were refurbished Dells.

They both lasted over 5 years in a marine environment.
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All my computers have been purchased refurbished. Usually from TigerDirect.

Just bought my wife an "all in one" Lenovo for $400.00. Works like a champ but did require some tinkering with the BIOS to get it working smoothly.
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I'm on a refurbished Dell right now. Both the computer and software was updated. Saved a load of money and never had a problem. also came with all the necessary equipment
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x3 on all the above. This is my 3rd refurbished / Dell Outlet XPS in the last 10 years. Reduced pricing lets me upgrade more often.NEVER had an issue with any of them.
The trick is to check inventory daily as it does change quickly. Look for lots of holiday returns in Jan/Feb.
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Been buying from the Dell Outlet for years, with good success every time. It's a great way to save a little money.
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I would not be reluctant to purchase a Dell, HP or Lenovo refurbished, overstock or discontinued laptop PC assuming the configuration was adequate for my needs. All of these brands are utilized in major corporations for a reason. There are a finite number of component (processors, various chips, memory, etc) manufacturers & just about all the brand names (HP, Dell, Lenovo, etc.) source from these suppliers.
IMO, the key is finding the laptop configuration you want at the price point within your budget.
Having purchased more laptops (4 kids through college, multiple grandchildren in various levels of education) than I care to count, by biggest complaint is all the 'bloat ware' & software application trials they come with. It's almost as bad as the cell phones you buy today.
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Having purchased more laptops (4 kids through college, multiple grandchildren in various levels of education) than I care to count, by biggest complaint is all the 'bloat ware' & software application trials they come with. It's almost as bad as the cell phones you buy today.
I agree that bloatware is a nuisance but all anyone has to do is go to Settings/Apps/Installed apps and go through the app list to remove those you don't want. It takes only a few minutes to get rid of the bloatware and you're never bothered by it again.
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Plus one Dell products. I use for home and business, rarely an issue. In ten purchases I had one desktop failure that was in the video output. Dell offered to send a tech out to change the mother board. I opted to change it myself. And a second failure in a laptop, I let Dell service that one.
For a while I was picking the Dell Optiplex business class machines with a three year warranty off the overstock site. Generally its 20-30% savings over a new purchase.
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Plus one Dell products. I use for home and business, rarely an issue. In ten purchases I had one desktop failure that was in the video output. Dell offered to send a tech out to change the mother board. I opted to change it myself. And a second failure in a laptop, I let Dell service that one.
Earlier this year I did have a problem with my Dell G5 laptop (a seriously beefed up Inspiron.) To shorten a (very) long story, Dell's service staff did impress me with the "intensity" with which they pursued the solution to my problem. I maintain premium support on my work laptop and the Dell team truly delivered premium service. I'm actually writing this message using the my "replacement" G15 which Dell sent me when they decided that the issues with my G5 were never going to get resolved.
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