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    ON SECURITY By Susan Bradley Technology is one of those purchases best done personally. It’s often hard to know how people like their technology, but
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    Susan Bradley Patch Lady/Prudent patcher

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    • #2610672

      We have had bad luck with refurbished PCs and their significant discounts have been more than offset by the time it has taken to try to repair and then replace them based upon:

      • Trying to repair the defective PC based upon the refurbisher’s instructions,
      • Packing and shipping the units for return to the refurbisher, and
      • Setting up the defective unit’s replacement.

      Also, make sure that the refurbished computer supports Windows 11.

      We will never again purchase a refurbished PC.

      • #2610718

        In the past, I have had excellent experiences with refurbished PCs from known reliable refurbishers (like Dell and HP from their websites).
        I would never buy one one from an unknown third-party refurbisher (like some of those listed on Best Buy, Amazon, etc). You never know what you get until you get it.

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        • #2610738

          You never know what you are geting until it stops working – hopefully while it still covered by its warranty.

          On one refurbished laptop we ran into a problem when we tried to reinstall Windows.  It had not gone through the factory reset process.  When we tried to reinstall Windows we received a request to login via the former owners server to activate the operating system.  Obviously, we did not have access to the former owner’s server. Fortunately, we were able to return the laptop for a replacement.

          If you purchase a refurbished computer, check its in-service date upon receipt. If it is more than a couple of months you may face problems later.

          For HP computers you can look at the warranty start date using the HP Support Assistant.

          • #2610810

            I’m with PK, when I get them from the manufacturers, I’ve had no issues.

            Susan Bradley Patch Lady/Prudent patcher

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            • #2610824

              Think about it. You can get good deals on refurbished from the manufacturers – but you can also get good deals on new equipment.

              Just went to the HP Store’s Top Deal site and found the following:

              • HP Pavilion Laptop 15t-eg300, 15.6″ for $439.99
                • Windows 11 Home
                • Intel® Core™ i5-1335U (up to 4.6 GHz, 12 MB L3 cache, 10 cores, 12 threads) + Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
                • 8 GB DDR4-3200 SDRAM (2 X 4 GB)
                • 512 GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD
                • 256 GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD
              • HP EliteBook 840 G8 Notebook PC Wolf Pro Security Edition for $789.00
                • Windows 11 Pro
                • Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7 (up to 4.7 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 12 MB L3 cache, 4 cores, 8 threads)
                • 16 GB memory; 512 GB SSD storage
                • 14″ diagonal FHD display
                • Intel® Iris® Xᵉ Graphics
              • HP 255 15.6 inch G9 Notebook PC for $539.00
                • Windows 11 Pro
                • AMD Ryzen™ 3 5425U 4.1 GHz
                • 8 GB DDR4-3200 MHz RAM (1 x 8 GB)
                • 256 GB PCIe® NVMe™ SSD
                • AMD Radeon™ Graphics

              And the HP site has more good deals including a re-manufactured unit.

    • #2610673

      Over time you can save money if you return your ISP provided gateway modem/router and purchase your own.

      See if your ISP will allow you to make the change and, if so, what equipment is compatible with their system.

    • #2610675

      Some external drive manufacturers bundle backup software, such as Acronis, with their devices.

      Look at the manufacturer’s website, before you purchasing a drive, to see if you can save some money on backup software.

    • #2610928

      Lets keep it Real Simple, everyone needs a list of:
      The 64 Best Tech Gifts That Are Sure to Impress
      By Stefanie Waldek and Quinn Gawronski – Updated on December 5, 2023

      “These gift ideas work for everyone from the tech lovers to tech novices. Gifting can be a complicated topic, especially when it comes to tech products. Everyone has different preferences, and you might not know which tech products your giftee already has. But that doesn’t mean you should shy away from buying a tech gift for a loved one. Check out some of our favorite products for gifting across a wide budget range, whether you’re shopping for your mom, dad, boyfriend, or best friend.”

      Birdwatchers rejoice, the Netvue Birdfy Feeder AI camera is chock full of essential features including the world’s leading AI algorithm recognizing more than 6000 types and species of birds for you. Haven’t you always dreamed about an AI bird feeder?

      A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks.
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      • #2611015

        The best gift for your PC and other electrical hardware would be a UPS.

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        • #2611622

          Yes, I agree, a great investment to protect your equipment.

          A few months ago, I got myself another Smart APC 1500 UPS.

          One for IT equipment, and one for smart TV and other accessories.

    • #2610980

      Haven’t you always dreamed about an AI bird feeder?

      I dream of an AI Parrot.

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