How to check if laptop is new or refurbished with these eight tips

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How to check if laptop is new or refurbished with these tentips

A laptop that has been returned to the retailer or themanufacturer due to a defect covered in the warranty or on expiry of the leaseagreement can be repaired and reconditioned to an almost 'brand new status'.Legally, they are not new and are known as refurbished laptops or simplyrefurbs.

Most Unscrupulous traders are reselling refurbished laptopsto unsuspecting customers as 'new' to maximize their profits.

Laptops, unlike cars, do not have odometers to indicate'mileage,' so it is upon you to carry out due diligence to identify thelaptop's condition that you intend to acquire.

Here are a few tips to help you identify if the laptop youwant to purchase is new or refurbished;

-Inspect the surface of the laptop for scratches and feelthe keyboard texture. Frequent fingertip contact over time will make thebuttons smooth and shiny.

-Check laptop screws. If you find traces on them, you shouldrealize it was opened before.

- Inspect the screen or the display for small wear marks asthis are very hard to refurbish.

-The next 'crude' test is subjective as it involves smellingthe surface of the computer. New laptops have an irritating smell of industrialcleaning agents. Hand refurbished Machines use home cleaning agents which havea fragrance and leaves the notebook surface creamy.

-Check the Laptop serial number at the back of the machineor in the battery compartment depending on the laptop model.

-Open command prompt, and type c:>wmic bios get theserial number, compare the BIOS serial number with the chassis serial number.If this is not the same, the machine may be a refurb. You can also visit themanufacturer's website and punch in the serial number to indicate the laptop'sstatus. This feature works for specific laptops.

-Generally, factory refurbished laptops have their serialnumber ending with letter 'R,' E.g. CN174UA#ABA is the product number for a newnotebook and CN174UAR#ABA is the product number for a refurbished notebook.

-You can also check the laptop's back for labels such as'This is a refurbished laptop and contains used parts.'

-Check general laptop attachment/peripherals/additions suchas Driver CD, Manuals, and brochures.

-Refurbs have a shorter warranty period of 3 months.

Refurbs are also a good bargain if you want to acquire apowerful Laptop at a reasonable price, but it is morally right for the vendorto disclose the laptop's status.

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