Why Buy Refurbished Computers?

Author: Luke Adkins  Date Posted: 30 May 2022 

Why buy refurbished or ex-government computers?

There are many reasons for purchasing quality refurbished IT equipment, least of which is that you will save up to 70% of the cost of the item when it was brand new. In addition to great cost savings, you're also helping to reduce e-waste and your environmental footprint. 

A study published by Circular Computing shows that remanufactured laptops produced only 6.34% of CO2 emissions in comparison to producing new laptops. This is largely due to the amount of resources that need to be sourced in order to manufacture a laptop. The types of materials required include:

  • Lithium - used in the batteries of laptops
  • Silicon - used to produce microchips, processors, and other electronic components
  • Aluminium - used to make laptop cases, keywords, and other structural components
  • Copper - used in the wiring and circuitry of the computer
  • Gold - used in the connectors and other electronic components 
  • Tin - used in the soldering of electronic components
  • Tungsten - used in the filaments of laptop screens & light bulbs
  • Zinc - used in the coating of screws and other metal parts
  • Lead - used in some older laptops as components of solder (this has since been phased out due to environmental concerns)

Source: The World Is Running Out Of Resources For IT - Circular Computing

By choosing a refurbished computer, you're giving a perfectly functional machine a second life and reducing the demand for new devices that require significant resource extraction. This translates to a smaller environmental impact and aligns with a more sustainable approach to technology consumption. So, not only can you save money on a quality computer, but you can also make a positive impact on the planet by choosing refurbished.

Used vs Refurbished Computers

Refurbished is different from used. With a refurbished system, you can relax in the knowledge and enjoy peace of mind that the equipment has been tested by qualified technicians.

When refurbishing our products, our technicians ensure that no faults are present from the original owner, and you can rest assured because your purchase is backed by our comprehensive 12-Month Warranty

Used systems are exactly that, used. In most instances, they have simply been wiped and sold, offering little protection or recourse to the buyer in the event the system does not live up to expectations. 

The Two Types Of Computers

Computer manufacturers split up their product categories into two distinct lines: business-grade and consumer-grade.

  • Consumer-grade PC’s are designed to be cheap to manufacture and as such are made from cheaper materials.
  • Business-grade PC’s are designed to be used 8 hours a day, 5 days a week and are built to last longer than consumer-grade PC’s.

Here at Australian Computer Traders, we sell ex government business-grade equipment that is of the highest quality and reliability. Buying Refurbished Computers also has great benefits for the environment, to find out more information, please check out our guide here.

Find the best deals on Refurbished Computers 

You can browse through our wide selection of Laptops, Desktops, Tablets, Monitors, and Accessories that include many well-known and industry-leading brands such as Dell, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft, Acer, and Apple to find the right choice for you. 

If you would like to compare our product offerings, please use our handy compare tool or filter choices by price, brand, model, processor and more. Our dedicated customer support team is here to assist. Please visit us in-store or contact us on 1300 727 516.

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