Friday, February 24, 2006

In Search Of...

I'm in the market for a laptop computer. As much time as I spend on a P.C., it would be cool to have a portable one. It'd especially be useful whenever I travel so that I'm never far away from my blog.

I've searched in the usual haunts. Best Buy. Circuit City. Sam's Club.

I also searched in some unexpected places. E-bay and

The models on particularly interest me. Plus their prices are much cheaper. But their laptops are said to be refurbished. Would you risk getting a laptop from their online store? If I do decide to get one, I'd definitely have to get the warranty. I normally pass up the warranty when shopping at the major brick and mortars. For example, I didn't get one for my current desktop and it's still going 4 years strong. I bought it at Best Buy and you know they were pushing me big time to get one. That's how they get their commissions. At one point, they had three of their employees bumrushing me to get one. I was this close to cancelling my purchase. But I persevered.

So I need opinions. Would you purchase a refurbished laptop from if it meant saving a couple hundred dollars?

Here's a sampling of what they got. Let a brother know. PEACE!


Blogger Karsh said...

First, think about what you'll be using the computer for. If it's just to blog with occasional access to e-mail and the Internet, chances are you can get away with a computer with less processor speed and memory and therefore, buy a cheaper one. On the other hand, if you know you're going to heavily access the Internet, you might want to go with a computer that has more processor speed.

And in either case, you definitely want a laptop that has built-in wireless. My recommendation would be for the IBM ThinkPad R40. 256 MB of memory is a good start (laptop memory runs about a penny per byte these days) and the 2.0GHz processor and 40GB hard drive are good as well. IBM makes very solid laptops. :)

8:42 AM, February 24, 2006  
Blogger W A T E R said...

No refurbished laptop. Get a Sony Vaio (I have that and it's great) OR a Apple iBook MAC (I'm GETTING THAT)...;)

1:11 PM, February 24, 2006  
Blogger Cash S. said...

Yeah definitley don't get a refurbished laptop. I'm with Karsh, the IBM Thinkpad is hot!

7:16 PM, February 24, 2006  
Blogger TeeBee said...

Hmmm, that's tough. I have an IBM ThinkPad and I like it but my battery has been acting shady lately. I'm the type that likes to see what I'm getting beforehand. But I've heard good things about Overstock. If you go that route, be sure to read all the fine print...just in case!

8:07 PM, February 24, 2006  
Blogger Rose said...

Refurbish, I wouldn't trust. It's like to me buying a used car-somebody's else junk usually. I think you can purchase a new one look into Office Max and Office Depot they haave the great rebate programs.

10:57 PM, February 24, 2006  
Blogger Jamal K. Franklin said...

I made the mistake of buying a refurbished computer and I got refurbished quality. I still have it and it works - but the quality is worth shit. Spend the money on a real investment - make sure you have homeowners/renters insurance and keep it moving.

12:00 AM, February 25, 2006  

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