Are Refurbished Laptops Good? – An Insight into Cost & Effectiveness

Are Refurbished Laptops Good? – An Insight into Cost & Effectiveness

Gaurav Nagpal |

Laptops are one of our most used devices for common everyday activities, including entertainment, work and education. However, laptops are often expensive to buy new which can make it difficult for some people to access them. In addition to this, when they are disposed of, they will often end up in landfills, causing damage to the environment. 

Buying a refurbished laptop is a much more cost-effective alternative to buying new and is a much more sustainable option. Let’s take a closer look at some of the many reasons why buying a refurbished laptop is a good choice to make. 

What are Refurbished Laptops?

Refurbished laptops begin as pre-owned laptops that have reached the end of their useful life with their original specific owner. However, these laptops are often still fully functional and can easily be repurposed for use by someone else. At Wisetek Store, all our refurbished laptops are carefully inspected and any physical faults and/or damage that are found are repaired. All the data housed on the device is then securely deleted before it is re-sold to a new owner. 

There are many reasons why purchasing a refurbished laptop is good, which include the following:

1. Kinder to the Environment

Producing and disposing of laptops can cause harmful damage to the environment. Several of the chemicals and processes that are used in the production of laptops are highly toxic. These chemicals often include lead, mercury and other metals, flame retardants and certain phthalates. They can leach into groundwater supplies and cause health problems for people who are exposed. It is estimated that approximately 57.4 million tonnes of e-waste will be generated worldwide in 2021. According to the WEEE forum, this number is expected to increase annually by 3 to 4% or approximately 2 million tonnes

Opting for a refurbished laptop reduces the burden on the environment because it keeps laptops in use for longer. Laptops are often replaced long before they need to be, which results in more electronic waste ending up in landfills. Using a refurbished laptop reduces electronic waste and reduces the number of new laptops that need to be produced. As well as this, Wisetek Store in partnership with will be planting one tree for every order that is placed on Wisetek Store. Initiatives like these go a long way to reducing the negative effects that the production of IT devices has on the environment and makes the purchasing of refurbished IT devices even more sustainable. 

2. More Affordable

Many refurbished laptops are high-end corporate-grade devices that have previously done duty in companies such as banks or technology firms. These laptops are quite expensive when bought new and therefore out of the financial reach of most ordinary consumers. Refurbished laptops are a good option for users who are interested in purchasing high-spec tech at budget prices. For example, you can enjoy savings of up to 60% on refurbished MacBooks and up to 30% on refurbished tablets. Refurbished phones can be bought from Wisetek Store at up to 20% off their original purchase price. 

Buying refurbished laptops are also a smart choice for corporations because it makes it possible to realise a return on their investment. IT and specifically computers often represent a big part of a company’s budget and recycling IT equipment through refurbishment makes a lot of financial sense. Reselling retired IT hardware offers a great ROI and makes it possible for corporations to recover some of the funds that have been invested in IT equipment. 

3. More Secure

Corporations that dispose of retired IT devices in the wrong way run the risk of data leaks. This can have negative effects on both the finances and the reputation of the company. Refurbishing and re-selling retired IT hardware offers the perfect solution to this problem. Recycling solutions such as destructive recycling offers great data protection but can be very expensive. Opting for reselling and refurbishing allows the company to recover some capital expenditure and it fits well into most environmental responsibility policies. Since all refurbished laptops are securely erased before being sold, our refurbished digital devices are 100% secure and there is no risk of data leakage. 

Our parent company Wisetek is the leader in IT asset recycling and our vast experience in data destruction means that companies can rest assured that their data will be handled with the utmost care and destroyed in accordance with global standards. Our certified recycling facilities and processes are OHSAS, R2 and e-Stewards certified, and we comply with all the relevant ISO certification requirements. We offer both destructive and non-destructive data erasure services and our experts can advise clients on the best data destruction method for their unique needs. 

4. Refurbished Laptops are Premium

You can buy refurbished laptops with confidence when you buy from an ethical and responsible recycler like Wisetek Store. All devices, including our refurbished laptops, desktops, monitors and phones, are thoroughly tested before they are resold. You can find refurbished laptops from premium brands such as Dell, Apple and Lenovo. In addition, we include a full 12-month warranty as standard with all laptop purchases so you can be sure that you are buying a premium device that will not let you down. 

It is important to remember that there is a difference between refurbished laptops and used laptops. Refurbished laptops are disassembled and checked for damaged components, which is not always the case with used laptops. This ensures that a customer receives a reliable laptop that functions as good as a new model. 

What to Look for When Buying a Refurbished Laptop

When purchasing a refurbished laptop, it is important to make sure that you purchase from a reliable seller. Wisetek Store employs highly skilled technicians who have the knowledge to expertly refurbish a wide variety of laptops. While budget is often the first consideration, you should also consider what you need the computer for. For example, a graphic designer might be best served by a powerful laptop such as a MacBook Pro or Dell Latitude model. If portability is especially important to you, it might be worth your while to look at a 2-in-1 model that can double as a tablet when needed. 

At Wisetek Store, we use five different categories for our professionally refurbished electronic devices, which include: 

1. New 

2. New in Open Box 

3. Excellent 

4. Very Good

5. Good

Please note, however, that regardless of the category your chosen product falls into, every device from Wisetek Store has been tested, cleaned of their data, reset to the factory settings, and is guaranteed for 12 months


Purchasing a refurbished laptop is a smart choice to make for many reasons. They offer all the benefits of buying a new laptop but come with the advantage of a much lower price and impressive green credentials. Refurbished laptops are good for both consumers and corporations which choosing between new or refurbished is an easy decision. Buying a refurbished laptop is kinder to the environment and a much more sustainable practice than purchasing a new device. Finally, our refurbished laptops are good because they do not skimp on quality, reliability, or performance. 

Shop Today

Take a look at Wisetek Store to browse our extensive range of expertly refurbished laptops and find the model that suits your needs and budget. Wisetek Store is part of the larger Wisetek which works with some of the world’s largest IT companies to dispose of their used and excess IT equipment safely and sustainably. You can rest assured that you are buying a premium device at a great price when choosing one of our products.