Deal of the week: Refurb tablets and hard drives

With big announcements from Computex, E3, AFDS, and WWDC in the rear-view mirror, things are a little slow on the news front today. Time for an early deals post! Newegg is running a big Refurbished Summer Sale, with deals on everything from notebooks to hard drives.

Most of the notebook discounts are substantial, but they seem to be confined to 14" and 15.6" systems that aren’t that interesting. The tablet deals may be more appealing. Acer’s 10" Iconia Tab A500, which has a Tegra 2 SoC and a 1280×800 screen, can be had for $265. That’s a 16GB model, but you can get the 32GB version of Asus’ original Transformer for only $295. Adding a refurb keyboard dock to the Transformer costs just $99.

There are more refurbished hard drive deals than anything else. Interestingly, Newegg is kicking in a free year of warranty coverage with a bunch of ’em. WD’s Scorpio Blue 1TB notebook drive costs just $75, and this 3.5" Hitachi Deskstar offers 500GB of 7,200-RPM storage for $55. If you’re in the mood for something a little more exotic, refurbished WD VelociRaptor 150GB drives are going for $58. There’s a 10k-RPM Fujitsu SCSI drive with 147GB of storage capacity for only 29 bucks, although it doesn’t come with the free warranty. One can be added for $7.

I’ve always been a little leery of refurbished hardware, but I know some folks who have bought lots of stuff with no problems. Getting a year of warranty coverage thrown in would certainly help to blunt any of my fears. What about you? Did everything in your PC come mint in box, or are there a few refurbished or otherwise used items in the mix?

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    • mako
    • 7 years ago

    Just got a refurb Thinkpad battery from Lenovo. I figured it’d be better than a random eBay battery, and it wasn’t much different in terms of price.

    • coyote
    • 7 years ago

    HDD are the one thing I don’t want refurb. They are the single most failure-prone, fragile, component. Who knows why the original owner returned them. Dropped on the ground? Failure of a component that the refurb didn’t address? I won’t touch a HDD that isn’t new. And even then I back every one up nightly if I don’t want to inevitably lose what’s on it. (RAID isn’t by bag, I want access to stuff I’ve deleted too.)

    On second thought, since they’re all gonna fail eventually, enough more years, maybe 20 more, of warranty might change my mind!

    • Anarchist
    • 7 years ago

    last week or two I notice SSD price doing a cliff-dive. Just today I saw sandisk 120G selling for less than $80 … The usual makers, sandisk, intel, micron, ocz, appear to be basically dumping their inventory. However I do not see western-digital, seagate, adata, patriot, or other lesser knowns doing the same. Is there something going on that I’m not aware of?

      • oldDummy
      • 7 years ago

      With Intel it must be the sandforce encryption bug. Just bought one for about half price.

    • Eldar
    • 7 years ago

    One of the best deals I’ve gotten recently was a refurbished Epson V500 scanner–$100, free shipping and came with Photoshop Elements. 🙂

    As far as refurbished items, my confidence depends on where it comes from–I’d probably have more confidence in a refurbished Canon camera product than in a router from Newegg–I love Newegg, but I doubt they have the diagnostic time/expertise for such things. Perhaps they send them out, but then it makes it that much harder to know what happens in the “refurbishing” process….

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      I paid $250 for those when they came out. Great FB scanner.

    • rrr
    • 7 years ago

    Refurb hard drives? After flood? Yay. Data safe as in the bank.

    • RickyTick
    • 7 years ago

    I’ve only bought 1 refurb HDD, and it’s still working perfectly a year later. However, it’s not in my primary PC.
    I’ve bought 3 laptops and 1 desktop from the Dell Outlet. 2 were refurbs and 2 were scratch&dent. All were flawless and have continued to perform perfectly several years later.

    With all that said, I’ve only put virgin parts in my main PC.

      • UberGerbil
      • 7 years ago

      Ya know, these days people kinda frown on dismembering virgins.

        • dpaus
        • 7 years ago

        In some parts of the world, anyway.

    • cynan
    • 7 years ago

    Best deal I’ve seen this week was that EVGA GTX 670 that NCIX Canada had for $339 for their new father’s day sale. Sold out already though.

    • Omniman
    • 7 years ago

    I bought a refurb ASUS laptop a few months ago from Newegg. I opened it up and the keyboard looked like someone took a bag of cheetos and ground them into it. It was a cheese keyboard basically.The DVD drive wasn’t reading discs either most likely from excessive cheese dust. I sent it back to them and thankfully they completely refunded me. I used to have good luck with refurb desktops but maybe those days are gone 🙁

    • cynan
    • 7 years ago

    I don’t know. Nvidia keeps announcing how we’re going to see Tegra 3 tablets starting at the $299 price point. Kind of makes paying $265 for a Tegra 2 device a bit of a turn off. Particularly since the Tegra 3 tablets will have ICS and these come with Honeycomb.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 7 years ago

      Both of them have ICS as an OTA update. And $299 Tegra 3 tablets don’t exist…and when they do they won’t have nice screens. These are known quantities.

        • willmore
        • 7 years ago

        Wasn’t Google supposed to announce a Tegra 3 ICS+ tablet at the end of the month?

          • mcnabney
          • 7 years ago

          Yes. The Nexus 7. $200 for 7″ IPS 1280×800, Tegra 3, HDMI-out, microSD slot, wifi, and wireless…. Basically, the Fire for enthusiasts. There is rumour of Jellybean, but I’m not holding my breath.

            • redavni
            • 7 years ago

            [url<]http://www.androidcentral.com/did-rumored-7-inch-google-tab-show-benchmark-site[/url<] First I'd heard of this. Hopefully this isn't a paper launch. I just broke my beloved Kindle, and need a replacement like now. Of course if Microsoft's tablet announcement is coming Monday too.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            1280×768..wtf?

            • willmore
            • 7 years ago

            Yeah, 5:3 ratio is a bit odd. Some sites say it’s a version of an ASUS tablet pre-announced months ago that was 1280×800.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 7 years ago

            If i’ts real my Kindle goes on eBay. I’ll take it.

    • indeego
    • 7 years ago

    At least with refurbished parts like SSDs, HDDs, systems, you have tools that can burn them in/diagnose/test them. In theroy if they pass those tests they are the equivalent to new hardware. If they don’t pass you return them like any other hardware.

    • ew
    • 7 years ago

    “SCSI Ultra320 80pin” Wow! practically an antique.

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      I almost picked up a pair for my museum!

    • apertur3
    • 7 years ago

    I’ve purchased refurbished hard disks on numerous occasions, and never had any issues with them. What I’m a little more averse to, though, is refurbished displays – I for one hate dead/bright pixels, since a lot of my work on them has to do with visual things – honestly unless it was a really high dollar item, it’s hard to deny the savings brought about by purchasing refurbished goods.

    • burntham77
    • 7 years ago

    Everything I own is brand new. The phone, tablet, all pieces of my PC. I always wonder about these refurbished items. How does Newegg “refurbish” a hard drive? A motherboard? An LED TV? Do they have the technology and staff to do that?

      • Ryhadar
      • 7 years ago

      I imagine it’s the same way consumers can get refurbished hardware: by submitting an RMA to the manufacturer when it’s broken. Sometimes you get a brand new piece of hardware if they can’t repair it, and sometimes your hardware is repaired (effectively, refurbished).

      • superjawes
      • 7 years ago

      I imagine that it’s not all Newegg (manufacturer refurbs), and I’d be willing to bet at least some “refurbished” items are returned “defective” (but are actually fine), and other items are simple repairs, like a lamp, power socket, etc.

      Hard drives are…probably a crap shoot. Having worked at Gamestop, the term “refurbished” was sometimes referred to for media storage that was really just “used,” but we weren’t able to sell it until it was absolutely cleared of contents, lest we inadvertently violate DMCA by giving someone free music or movies =/

      Some drives may have just had faulty parts, some might have just gotten a good data cleaning. Who knows?

      • oldDummy
      • 7 years ago

      Trying Shuttle SFF “open box” items on Newegg I suspect them, at least some, to be returns.

        • cynan
        • 7 years ago

        To me, “open box” should mean a returned (ie, within standard 30 days) or demo item (by demo I mean that if the store wanted to pull a product to make a product overview video – not that it be heavily used).

        Refurbished should mean that it was returned to either the manufacturer or a manufacturer-sanctioned 3rd party company equipped to properly test the full functionality of the item.

        Selling otherwise used or potentially defective items as open-box or refurbished is kind of underhanded and dishonest in my opinion. Stores that do so are taking chances with their reputation. On that note, I don”t understand how a store like Newegg still gets caught selling obviously used or at least opened items as new once is a while…

          • oldDummy
          • 7 years ago

          Stopped buying “open box” because it appeared they were returns “with cause”.

          i.e.: a USB cluster didn’t work, SATA connection was bad…etc.

          Years ago it would seem they were, as you said, floor samples or demo’s.

          Not any more.

          Thing is your only option is rma with no exchange on some items. So it was a roll of the die with me throwing snake eyes most of the time.

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 7 years ago

      Depends what’s wrong with it, sometimes it’s nothing and the customer is just stupid and returned it. Sometimes it could be something as simply as a firmware update.

      A lot of things can go wrong and still be repaired these days. Capacitors failing, a frayed wire.

      Newegg doesn’t refurbish anything however. The manufacturer would and then Newegg sells it.

        • superjawes
        • 7 years ago

        Anyone else remember Newegg reviews on 4GB+ RAM when the switch from 32-bit to 64-bit was going on? I had to facepalm for several minutes seeing multiple people complaining that less than 4GB of their new ram was being recognized…

          • Deanjo
          • 7 years ago

          Not me, of course that was way back in 2003.

      • ludi
      • 7 years ago

      In most likely means that something was returned or exchanged with some plausible claim of incompatibility or defect that turned out to be a user error or specific problem in the user’s system that the vendor was not able to replicate.

      First, a test installation in a working system and/or a factory reset and self-diagnostic routine (where available — lots of consumer electronics devices have this, if you know how to access it). Second, a quick inspection to verify physical condition and the presence of any serial number stickers, plus a light cleaning to remove any fingerprints or dust. Third, whitebox packaging if the original packaging was damaged or incomplete. Then slap a “recertified” sticker on the box and re-sell it at a discount.

      This costs a few bucks in time and materials, but in some cases it may actually be more expensive to return it to the OE manufacturer, who would probably do the exact same thing anyway.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 7 years ago

      The only refurb I ever bought from Newegg was an Xbox 360. The first one I got worked for abotu 10 minutes before artifacts popped up. RMA’d it and got a second that didn’t even boot up – RROD. Fortunately the second one was eligible for RROD replacement.

      But it kills me – both were allegedly refurbs and didn’t even come close to working right?

    • oldDummy
    • 7 years ago

    Just got an Intel 330 SSD 180Gb for 145 after a MIR of 70.

    [[ While not a refurb, it does have other [b<]issues[/b<] which I'm willing to risk}} [url<]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167122[/url<]

    • BobbinThreadbare
    • 7 years ago

    In my current system, I’m running refurbished motherboard. I figured most things on a motherboard either work or they don’t, so I’d know quickly if something was wrong. It’s been running fine for over a year now.

    And my CPU and video card are both 2nd hand as well. They’re not refurbished, but I bought them off a friend.

    That said, refurbished hard drives scare me. It’s going to fail at some point as anything with moving parts will, and if it’s been used it’s that much closer.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 7 years ago

      Oh, your motherboard will continue to work, alright! All of the ones I return work fine, even after I use them to wipe myself.

        • ludi
        • 7 years ago

        You wipe yourself using fully-populated printed circuit boards?

        That would make me caustic and crotchety, too.

          • OneArmedScissor
          • 7 years ago

          Hey, sometimes you just need a good scratch. You know the old saying. One man’s pain is another man’s treasure.

    • DancinJack
    • 7 years ago

    I rarely, if ever, buy refurb hardware. I don’t think I’ve ever bought a component for my own PC that is a refurb. I like warranties.

      • UberGerbil
      • 7 years ago

      “Refurbished hard drives” to me sounds like “day-old sushi” — sure, it [i<]might[/i<] be fine, in fact it [i<]probably[/i<] is, but....

        • DancinJack
        • 7 years ago

        Exactly. I’m not a fan of two day-old donuts. Yeck.

          • cynan
          • 7 years ago

          But those 1-day old grab bags of donuts – oh man! Now that’s sugary snack pastry bang-for-buck at its best!

    • dpaus
    • 7 years ago

    A refurb’d 16GB Iconia Tab A500 for $265?!? Wow, my brand-new 16GB HP Touchpad ($99) and brand-new 16GB Playbook ($199) are looking better and better all the time.

    FWIW, we bought an A500 for demo use, and ended up giving to a developer for testing, as none of the sales reps wanted to use it in a demo.

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 7 years ago

      That touchpad deal was obviously very nice even as it was happening. It’s too bad HP has no vision what so ever or they could have done something with that, especially after they already had the sunk cost of the tablets.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 7 years ago

      well sure, all sales guys want iPads most likely. :p

        • indeego
        • 7 years ago

        They were also the first to want Blackberries.

    • Walkintarget
    • 7 years ago

    Oh how I miss the days of 5 year warranties on numerous brands, back when it was the standard rather than the exception. Quite telling that hardly any vendor offers 5 year warranties on any new models these days.
    Between that and the floods in Thailand, SSDs have finally gotten their big push and, dare I say it, are now pretty much the norm for any mid to high end build ?

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