Manufacture Refurb Laptops

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  1. whitedragon551

    whitedragon551 Registered Member

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    Looking for a "new" laptop for my wife. She currently has a refurbed Lenovo N586 that has 8Gb of RAM in it and the AMD A6 APU. It has issues freezing and booting as its been abused.

    Looking for a place to buy manufacture refurbs that look and function like new.

    Am looking for something 14" or smaller, i5, 4Gb (PC3-12800) of RAM or less, Windows 7 x64 OS, and 120Gb SSD. Newegg has some Dell E6420's that meet the bill, but the reviews leave a sour taste in my mouth with only 90 day warranties and terrible customer service from the authorized refurb centers if they are missing parts/dont function and its not worth the risk to me.

    If the RAM is PC3-12800 that is a bonus as I can remove the RAM from her existing machine and replace it in the new one so amount of RAM is not important. I could care less if it even came with RAM.

    Looking to spend less than $300. Something along the lines of the Lenovo T410, T420, Dell E6420's, etc. would be perfect.
     
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    Have you tried a clean install? Because a pc can't really just go bad. If the laptop got VERY hot for a VERY extended length of time, it could degrade to the point where it's unstable at stock speeds. But that's HIGHLY unlikely. Resetting the bios to defaults could help too. A stick of ram or the hard drive could have gone bad as well.
    PC3-12800 is just the speed. Any laptop that uses DDR3 sodimm ram will be able to use the ram you have.
     
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    My kids have abused it physically, its been dropped, kicked, stepped on. Its easier to buy a new refurb than try to salvage what she currently has. We have a 2TB NAS so backups of what she has are not important as she works from the NAS.
     
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    I don't have any suggestons on where to buy the laptop, but I highly recommend you get a Lenovo ThinkPad due to their outstanding quality and reliability. My last few laptops which I have used daily have all been used ThinkPads.
     
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    I second roger_m about Thinkpads, although Dell Latitudes are nice too. I would stick with second-gen i5 or newer since there was a big performance jump from the first-gen. If you want to buy it for cheap, just buy it from a reliable eBay vendor with thousands of feedbacks at 99% or better, if it breaks within 45 days you can complain and most legit sellers will be willing to help you. NewEgg is a rip-off, Amazon is ok.
     
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    The MSP I work for is a registered Lenovo vendor. I will see if maybe they have some kind of refurb program. I am ok spending $200 and upgrading the SSD myself as well. Anything to save a buck.
     
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    Lenovo outlet. Quality has always been great. Occasionally they have ridiculously good deals if you are luck and fast you can snatch one for your wife.
     
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    Let's Not Turn This Thread Into a Political Discussion, Otherwise It Will Closed. Thank You!
     
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    I agree with going with Lenovo. I just bought one at the beginning of the year and love it. Order one for my sister yesterday.

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    Removed Off Topics Posts. Thread Closed As Per Policy.
     
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