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Windows 7: In your experience, what is the best refurbished computer company?

01 Sep 2016   #1
logo897

windows xp, 7 home premium 64-bit, 10 on diff hard drives
 
 
In your experience, what is the best refurbished computer company?

Hi all,

Lately I've been taking a break from my gaming tower and have been focusing on school with my laptop. My laptop is a dell latitude D630 with windows 7 home premium.

I'm currently looking online for a better, newer refurbished windows 7 laptop for school. I prefer getting another laptop of my same model. I mainly want to get another one because I've had this one for 2 years and my temps are going from 50c to 79c in a time frame of seconds.

So I wanted to personally ask:

In your opinion what is the best refurbished laptop company that you recommend?

I've gotten this laptop from here: Laptop Experience

I'd like to try different companies now, however.

If you strongly think I should avoid a dell latitude d630, I'm open to other windows 7 laptops as long as they are bulky and the screen is around 14 inches.

I'm going to look on my own as well but just wanted to see if anyone has recommendations.

Thanks.


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01 Sep 2016   #2
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Don't know what your budget is, or what any of your other criteria might be.

But I've been using this Lenovo Thinkpad W530 (model 243852U) since April 2013 and love it! New back then it was around $1900 when I bought mine, and a few months later I found a second one for a friend priced at $1400 so we jumped at that one too. Configured with Win7 Pro x64 and 8GB of PC3-12800 1600Mhz DDR3 memory (32GB max), FHD screen and nVidia K1000m graphics, Intel i7-3740QM 2.7GHz Quad-Core Processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz.

I've replaced the original HDD spinner in mine with a Samsung SSD and the performance has been superb.

The 15.6" FHD (1920x1080) screen is terrific (running with a calibration-produced ICC profile makes the colors beautiful, bright screen with excellent contrast), driven by the nVidia Quadro K1000m discrete graphics. I've disabled the default Optimus-mode (combination of built-in Intel HD graphics with additional kick-in support from K1000m when graphics performance demands it) and instead run 100% using the discrete nVidia graphics with retail nVidia driver all the time, no matter battery or AC power, no matter laptop screen or external monitor.

I never use the Intel HD graphics (since I'm essentially running 100% plugged into wall power and never run on battery), but you may require portable battery mode for your needs and might find Intel HD graphics perfectly adequate for your normal needs. And of course battery consumption is less and battery lifetime without charging is greater, when using it instead of the nVidia graphics.

No numeric pad on the right side of the keyboard, so the laptop keyboard and mouse touchpad is "centered", also allowing the use of decent speakers on left and right sides. Sound from speakers is very good, including very good quality sound through headphone jack and Dolby Theater processing.

Earlier this year I bought a new Lenovo Thinkpad P70 for myself, which of course is newer, bigger, faster and stronger with Skylake chipset motherboard and two M.2 NVMe SSD drives to go with a separate 2.5" SATA3 SSD... but it's not surprisingly also heavier than the W530. The W530 is almost 2lb.s lighter than the P70, and the 170W power brick of the W530 is almost 1lb. lighter than the 230W power brick for the P70. With my fully loaded P70 carrying case it's like I'm toting a bowling ball. The W530 is almost 3lbs. lighter in its fully loaded case.

I buy only Lenovo machines for friends and family, be they desktop machines or laptop machines. I really have become 100% loyal to Lenovo, and no doubt it was my initial W530 laptop experience that got me started. I've purchased probably 10 Lenovo desktop machines for friend and family in the past few years, all because I was so impressed with the W530 and Lenovo's continued availability of a pre-installed Win7 option (from Win10 downgrade rights, so you can upgrade to Win10 for free if you want using the OEM license key built into the machine) on all of their equipment, refurb or new.

Just my thoughts.
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01 Sep 2016   #3
logo897

windows xp, 7 home premium 64-bit, 10 on diff hard drives
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dsperber View Post
Don't know what your budget is, or what any of your other criteria might be.

But I've been using this Lenovo Thinkpad W530 (model 243852U) since April 2013 and love it! New back then it was around $1900 when I bought mine, and a few months later I found a second one for a friend priced at $1400 so we jumped at that one too. Configured with Win7 Pro x64 and 8GB of PC3-12800 1600Mhz DDR3 memory (32GB max), FHD screen and nVidia K1000m graphics, Intel i7-3740QM 2.7GHz Quad-Core Processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz.

I've replaced the original HDD spinner in mine with a Samsung SSD and the performance has been superb.

The 15.6" FHD (1920x1080) screen is terrific (running with a calibration-produced ICC profile makes the colors beautiful, bright screen with excellent contrast), driven by the nVidia Quadro K1000m discrete graphics. I've disabled the default Optimus-mode (combination of built-in Intel HD graphics with additional kick-in support from K1000m when graphics performance demands it) and instead run 100% using the discrete nVidia graphics with retail nVidia driver all the time, no matter battery or AC power, no matter laptop screen or external monitor.

I never use the Intel HD graphics (since I'm essentially running 100% plugged into wall power and never run on battery), but you may require portable battery mode for your needs and might find Intel HD graphics perfectly adequate for your normal needs. And of course battery consumption is less and battery lifetime without charging is greater, when using it instead of the nVidia graphics.

No numeric pad on the right side of the keyboard, so the laptop keyboard and mouse touchpad is "centered", also allowing the use of decent speakers on left and right sides. Sound from speakers is very good, including very good quality sound through headphone jack and Dolby Theater processing.

Earlier this year I bought a new Lenovo Thinkpad P70 for myself, which of course is newer, bigger, faster and stronger with Skylake chipset motherboard and two M.2 NVMe SSD drives to go with a separate 2.5" SATA3 SSD... but it's not surprisingly also heavier than the W530. The W530 is almost 2lb.s lighter than the P70, and the 170W power brick of the W530 is almost 1lb. lighter than the 230W power brick for the P70. With my fully loaded P70 carrying case it's like I'm toting a bowling ball. The W530 is almost 3lbs. lighter in its fully loaded case.

I buy only Lenovo machines for friends and family, be they desktop machines or laptop machines. I really have become 100% loyal to Lenovo, and no doubt it was my initial W530 laptop experience that got me started. I've purchased probably 10 Lenovo desktop machines for friend and family in the past few years, all because I was so impressed with the W530 and Lenovo's continued availability of a pre-installed Win7 option (from Win10 downgrade rights, so you can upgrade to Win10 for free if you want using the OEM license key built into the machine) on all of their equipment, refurb or new.

Just my thoughts.
my budget I'm not sure yet but I'm wanting to pay under 200 dollars for a refurb. That's a cool laptop as well! I personally don't need that high end of a one but thanks for telling me about it!
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01 Sep 2016   #4
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
2 years is not very old
I've had one for just over 6 years and it averages about 45c

You might look into why it's running hot
Clean out the fan....
Also use "resource monitor" by typing that in the start menu search box and click on the suggestion
Use the overview section and post a screen shot like this
In your experience, what is the best refurbished computer company?-resource-monitor-overview.jpg

Also use Clean boot and uncheck everything except your security.
Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup


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02 Sep 2016   #5
logo897

windows xp, 7 home premium 64-bit, 10 on diff hard drives
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
2 years is not very old
I've had one for just over 6 years and it averages about 45c

You might look into why it's running hot
Clean out the fan....
Also use "resource monitor" by typing that in the start menu search box and click on the suggestion
Use the overview section and post a screen shot like this
Attachment 391264

Also use Clean boot and uncheck everything except your security.
Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup

Hi,

Thank you for the help, much appreciated.

I have cleaned out my laptop's fan several times.

But at this point, I'm looking for a new laptop pretty much, kinda like how some people want a new car every couple of years. That's the best way I can explain it.
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02 Sep 2016   #6
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
The fan blows onto a grill similar to a cars radiator
If you haven't removed the fan entirely you might be missing a lot of dust buildup.

For the money you want to spend you'll only end up with another basket case probably
I ran into this a day or so ago
The Best Laptop Computers for College Students in 2016 - TechBlog

I believe I paid about 500.us for my little Gateway laptop/ notebook
In your experience, what is the best refurbished computer company?-laptop-64-bit-capable.jpg


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02 Sep 2016   #7
spike999

(3 comps)Win7-1 ea. Home Premium 32,Home Premium 64,Pro 64
 
 

Since you said the temp jumps up in a matter of seconds, I would look into replacing the thermal paste on the processor while you have it open to clean.
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02 Sep 2016   #8
logo897

windows xp, 7 home premium 64-bit, 10 on diff hard drives
 
 

As I have stated, I have no interest in fixing my laptop whatever the problem may be. My budget is around 200 dollars. I know there are refurbished companies out there that are good, I just wanted to see what you recommend for a refurbished laptop around 200 bucks.

I do not want to nor have interest in opening up my laptop and/or buying a new 500 dollar one. I appreciate all the help but that's not what I'm shooting for.
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02 Sep 2016   #9
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Have you looked into my post #4 here about looking at resource monitor to see what is going on there ?
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02 Sep 2016   #10
indianacarnie

 

Have never bought a refurbished myself but have heard good things about refurbished Asus machines. Be advised their customer support is a joke.
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