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Are refurbished Ultrabooks worth it?

Jun 17 2013, 9:59am CDT | by , in Shopping | Shopping Tips

Are refurbished Ultrabooks worth it?
 
 

Two refurbished Ultrabooks spotted under $450, but is the discount worth it over a brand new unit?

Is buying a refurbished PC like buying a used car? Well not really. The hard drive has been wiped and the operating system freshly installed. So long as you see the phrase "Manufacturer Refurbished" you're getting a product that was a defect unit returned and has been put back into working condition by the manufacturer (and not some random seller on craigslist) - it's true with two Ultrabooks that went on sale today at rock bottom prices.

On eBay Deals you'll find a 14-inch manufacturer refurbished Vizio Ultrabook w/ 128GB SSD for only $430. That makes it a full $370 off the $800 new conditioned MSRP.

Also on sale today is a refurbished Samsung Series 5 Ultrabook w/ a Core i5 processor at Best Buy for only $400. That's a full $238 less than the lowest price online in new condition ($638).

Both Ultrabooks come with a 90 day warranty. Whether the savings is worth it is ultimately subjective, but if a refurbished Ultrabook at these prices isn't worth it you're not really going to find them any cheaper.


Vizio Thin + Light 14-inch Ultrabook Core i3-3217U, HD+ 900p, 128GB SSD (Refurbished) — $429.99 at Ebay. Cheapest ever by $70. List is $800.

Samsung Series 5 NP530U4B-A01US Ultrabook Core i5-2467M (Refurbished) — $399.99 at Best Buy. Cheapest ever by $200. Next best is $638 at TigerDirect.

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