If you can’t afford a brand new laptop, a refurbished model is a great alternative that offers the same high spec for a much lower cost.
There are plenty of major online and high street retailers including eBay, Amazon and Currys PC World that offer great value refurbished versions of some of the most coveted tech brands – including Apple MacBooks.
The retailer also has some invaluable advice for shoppers who are planning to buy reconditioned tech, such as opting for items they have seen in real life and sticking with well-known brands over obscure, cheaper versions.
Another important consideration is warranty and returns policies, which protect you if the item develops a fault.
Below we’ve found the best cheap refurbished laptop deals that will hopefully save you time and lots of cash.
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Best refurbished laptops
This ChromeBook from HP has a 14 inch screen along with a 720p HD camera for an entertaining and productive experience. Enjoy a seamless Chrome experience along with easy and simple access to your favorite Android apps via the Google Play Store.
There’s 16GB SSD hard drive along with 4GB of memory to keep all of your documents and downloads safe. The item comes with a genuine UK mains charger and battery. The laptop comes with one year warranty starting from the date of delivery.
Buy now for £169.99 from Ebay
This renewed Dell is a great starter laptop for beginners or kids who will only need to use the laptop for web browsing and checking emails.
The Windows 10 Pro operating system has everything needed to get you up and running, as well as multi tasking between different screens efficiently, and the large 14-inch screen is ideal for TV and film streaming. This one also has the added bonus of a one year Amazon Renewed Guarantee.
Buy now for £479 from Amazon
The 13.3 inch Apple MacBook Air is ideal for anyone who needs to have their laptop on the go.
This 2017 version comes with fast Intel Core i5 processor and SSD storage.
The Apple grade refurbishment also comes with a one year warranty and 14-day returns policy.
Buy now for £729 (was £949) from Apple
HP’s Envy x360 is a great multi-tasking accent – use it as a handheld tablet or as a laptop – whichever is more productive for your needs.
A full HD 15.6 inch display allows you a clear and vibrant view, no matter what you’re working on. It operates using Windows 10 system.
Boasting an AMD Ryzen 5 processor, 8GB RAM, a 1TB hard disk drive, as well as a very impressive 128GB solid state drive, you’ll get portability, without compromising on storage.
There’s 3 months warranty that comes with the product.
Buy now for £749.97 from Laptops Direct
The ultrathin HP Elite is an efficient machine perfect for use on the go.
The powerful Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM offers impressive performance and makes this a great machine to invest in whether you need it for work or play.
This particular machine are fully refurbished to a high standard but may show some minor signs of wear. But it does also come with a year warranty.
Buy now for £346.99 from Amazon
The MacBook Pro needs no introduction. This refurbed 2017 version comes with Apple’s dual-core Intel Core i5 and an impressive Retina display.
The refurbished model goes through Apple’s stringent testing beforehand and also comes with a one-year warranty. It is also covered by a 14-day returns policy for extra peace of mind.
Buy now for £939 from Apple
This energy efficient model from ASUS offers multiple functionalities, touch scree capabilities and a super sleek design well worth considering.
Thanks to its lightweight design and 360-degree hinge, you’re able to use the device in multiple modes to suit you, go instantly from a Chromebook to a tablet.
This one is fully refurbished to a nearly new condition and comes with six months warranty.
Buy now for £259.99 from Laptop Outlet
The Acer Spin 3 has a sleek design with reliable features to make your everyday computing needs simpler.
Weighing less than 2kg, and boasts a 14 inch display, ideal for anyone who needs a trusty laptop on the go and a good enough sized screen to view comfortably. The battery lasts up to 12 hours meaning you won’t have to always lug your charger around with you and can do a days work without the need to stay plugged in.
The laptop is refurbished with a 12 month Argos guarantee
Buy now for £523.99 from Ebay
If you are looking for a durable, affordable all rounder with 2-in-1 capabilities the Lenovo Miix 320 laptop is ideal.
Enjoy using the device as a tablet for convenience by folding the device up, when you’re ready to use it as a laptop there’s a fully fledged keyboard with touch-pad for access.
This deal also includes 6 months warranty a nd a years worth of BullGuard Internet Security software.
Buy now for £222.99 from Laptop Outlet
Top tips for buying tech on eBay.co.uk
Consider refurbished goods – Focus on searching for brands you are familiar with – and items you’ve seen in real life. Many brands such as Dyson and GoPro are refurbishing their own items and selling them directly on eBay, so always look out for big name brands.
Do your research – Has there been a new release or is there a cheaper alternative to the item you want? You’re not restricted to buying the latest handsets if you don’t need them, so be sure to look at reviews and compare handsets to find the best model for you.
Check the warranty and returns policy – One of the most important things to consider when buying refurb is the warranty it comes with, as this provides you protection if it develops a fault. If you shop from eBay’s refurbished hub all items come with a 12-month warranty from the seller, so if anything does go wrong in the 12 months you can guarantee that you will get an exchange or a refund.
Examine Seller Feedback – Always check seller feedback, making sure they have a good feedback rating. eBay’s top rated sellers constantly receive the highest buyer ratings, dispatch items quickly and have earned a track record of brilliant service.
Make the most of free shipping – Save yourself some money by looking for sellers that offer free shipping with the item. On eBay.co.uk you can filter your search to see only items that offer free shipping, and with many electronic items small enough to be shipped inexpensively, it’s a great way to save a few extra pennies.
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