Why Refurbished Computers are Better than Brand New Alternatives

Why Refurbished Computers are Better than Brand New Alternatives

Posted by Team Recompute on 9th Jul 2019

In April 2002, the one billionth personal computer was shipped. That figure reached two billion by 2007.

Even with the rise of smartphones, personal computers continue to be big business, with the Australian market growing 2.2 percent in 2017. 

Investing in brand-new computer hardware still doesn't come cheap. You don't need to spend a fortune to get your hands on a great machine if you buy refurbished computers.

Read on as we take a look at why refurbished computers can be better than buying brand new.

Refurbished Computers Are Often a Higher Spec

You may think that buying a refurbished computer means that you have to compromise on performance. In fact, the opposite is true: a lot of refurbished computers are often actually higher spec than you get when buying a brand-new computer.


A refurbished HP EliteBook 840 Laptop uses an Intel Core i7-4600U processor. It comes with 8 GB RAM, a 512 GB SSD, Touch Screen and Windows 10 Professional. 

In comparison, HP's entry-level brand new equivalent laptop at most Australian retailers (at the time of writing) is something similar to this HP 15-da0301TU Celeron Laptop. It has an Intel Celeron N4000 processor, which runs at only 1.1 GHz. It too comes with 4 GB RAM and a 500 GB HDD (not an SSD).  A yes you guessed it, the screen resolution is nowhere near as good and neither is the build quality to that of an EliteBook in the HP range.

As you can see, the refurbished laptop has a much better spec in every single area an is at a similar price point. In fact, it's when you compare the refurbished EliteBook to a brand new EliteBook the value becomes even more apparent in terms of price. With a one-year warranty and 30-day change-of-mind policy, you simply can't go wrong.


A refurbished HP EliteDesk 800 G1 desktop Intel Core i5-4670 processor that has four cores and a 6MB cache running at 3.4 GHz. It also comes with 8GB of RAM. 

A brand new Lenovo IdeaCentre 310s selling for more that the refurbished HP EliteDesk 800 G1 comes with an Intel Celeron J4005 processor with two cores and a 4MB cache running at 2.0 GHz. It comes with 4GB of RAM and a 1TB HDD.

The refurbished model is cheaper, it is a business grade machine with more processing power. You're getting far more computer for a fraction of the price and if compared to equivalent brand new business-grade machines you'll see huge savings.  

Refurbished Computers Have Better Build Quality

As if the higher spec at lower prices wasn't enough, the build quality of refurbished computers can be far better too.

All brands have the basic go to retail models and higher grade business models in their product range. Large businesses tend to go for the higher grade business models as they are more reliable than retail grade entry models.

Refurbished computers are lovingly refurbished to ensure that they are of the highest quality. A refurb business lives and dies by the quality of its products, so you know that refurbishers will take the time and care required to produce a great build.

If you want a computer with a great spec that is built to last, at the fraction of the price of a brand new machine, then refurbished computers can more than meet your needs.

Are You Looking to Buy Refurbished Computers?

If you're looking to buy refurbished computers for personal or business use then you're in the right place.

Our aim is to set new standards in product quality and customer service. We offer laptops, desktops, notebooks, monitors, servers and more for both home and business use. Our high-quality refurbished computers are a cost-effective alternative to buying a new computer.

If you would like to know more about the services we offer then don't hesitate to get in touch.