It used to be when people were looking to buy a laptop, you would see experts recommend buying refurbished. The reason for that would be that a new laptop with good specs could be quite expensive. That can of course still be the case, but I want to tell you why I would not look at buying a refurbished laptop these days. It's because technology is changing, always, and the laptop/tablet hybrids have made them more affordable. Plus, there are other reasons I want to give you to steer you clear of buying an older laptop.
Newer laptops can more easily turn into tablets. And honestly, with Bluetooth keyboards available, I would much rather these days have the keyboard separate from the rest of the device. As a professional ghostwriter, I used a tablet and a Bluetooth keyboard. I can't tell you how many times the keyboard going out on a laptop meant that I needed a new device.
It's kind of interesting how we are moving technologically towards a separate monitor and keyboard once again, just like when we used desktops, or are we? You see, I need one because I'm always typing. But I could just as easily start voice dictating all of my articles. I have tried that before, and while it worked out quite well, I type rather fast.
The truth of the matter is that most people aren't really going to be typing much at all these days. So they aren't really going to be testing whether or not the keyboard on a laptop is durable enough. There are external keyboards for laptops, but who wants a refurbished laptop with a keyboard that doesn't work?
You can pick up a tablet for $100 these days. And of course, to use the latest apps, you need the latest software. So why spend more money than you have to in order to do the things you need to do? It almost makes sense to leave laptops out of the equation entirely. Yet not everyone falls into the same group.
As mentioned, I'm a professional ghostwriter, and so I need to be able to type all day long for the most part. I still managed to get out of using a regular laptop, but not everyone is going to feel the same way. Some of my writer friends even still use a desktop, and of course, some still use laptops, too. And what about the gamers?
Gamers often like to use desktops and laptops with better graphics cards. I have a cousin who likes to build computers, despite most everyone else walking around doing everything on a mobile device. Mobile devices, both phones, and tablets, have simplified everything for everyone, but there are still reasons to use the more expensive devices for sure.
Do you need a laptop? If so, I would still get one with more tech-forward specs. And it's going to likely be cheaper on you anyway. Laptops are being replaced by tablets, and so that's why I have made this recommendation.