How to Save Tons when Buying a Laptop.
If you travel a lot for business purposes, you probably already own a laptop. If you don’t already
have one or if you’re looking to pick up a new one, there are a few things you should keep in
mind while shopping around.
First thing’s first. You must establish your needs. If you use a lot of complex software for your
job, like Photoshop, Illustrator, or AutoCad, you’re going to want a laptop with some serious
horsepower behind it. If that’s the situation you’re in, you’re going to want to look for something
with at least two gig of RAM (maybe four), and the latest Intel, or AMD processor. If, on the
other hand, all you need the laptop for is checking your mail, and working in Microsoft Office,
you can get away with shopping for a less powerful unit.
As you begin shopping, you might want to narrow your search to manufacturer. Lenovo is one
manufacturer that is famous for providing a lot of value in their laptops; so, shopping for a new
Lenovo laptop or factory refurbished unit may be a good place to start. HP is also a great choice
for new laptop products and HP factory recertified laptops. There are a number of ways to get
good discounts on your laptop purchase.
You can often get a value on end-of-life new products that are being phased out as new models
are introduced. When these new models are released, the old ones they're replacing often go on
sale at significant discount levels. Be sure to ask the manufacturer or factory authorized dealer
of new and refurbished products for guidance. Be careful to note that not all dealers have the
expertise in the refurbished area. So look for manufacturer authorized dealers who carry both the
new and factory refurbished products.
As you shop for refurbished products, you will find savings of 20% or more as compared to their
brand new counterparts. Savings levels of 60% or better are not uncommon. That means that
shopping refurbished is a great way to get a high quality laptop at a deeply discounted price.
Be sure to note the manufacturer warranty terms and conditions for the refurbished products.
Often these manufacturer warranties run from 90 days to a year, depending on the product and
You might also want to consider buying a used laptop if you’re looking to get an even greater
discount on a laptop. Buying a used laptop will save you even more money but may increase the
mechanical liabilities for your purchase...so get an extended warranty with the manufacturer if at
Douglass M. Doggett, Sr.
Douglass M. Doggett, Sr. is a principal at Manufacturers Technology Outlet and has over 40 years experience in the computer technology industry. The firm is an authorized HP and Lenovo partner for new and manufacturer refurbished products. We focus on helping business and education users throughout the country gain value and save money. You can visit our website www.mantecho.com for free resources and great deals on computer products for your home, school, or office. If you have questions, Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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