[kwlug-disc] Refurb laptops & monitors - Eco-Tech Recycling?

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Wed Apr 23 12:27:37 EDT 2014

Thanks Khalid. Yeah, memory is usually one of the first upgrades - mind 
you, getting old memory, large sizes, is often problematic. Just like 
when buying new you have to toss the memory that comes with it to put in 
new larger sticks. And hard drive. 'Problem' here still seems to be 4:3 
vs widescreen. Definitely going back a generation in hardware. Losing 
things like USB 3, GB nic, and so on. Hard to know if it's worth it.

On 14-04-23 12:06 PM, Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
> While I can't advise for or against refurb laptops, I can say that Core 2
> Duo 64 bits is sufficient, pretty fast for most things. My current laptop
> is such a machine, and so is my wife.
> The only thing is that 4GB may not be enough, depending on how many tabs
> you have open in Firefox (bad habit), and whether you enable Javascript and
> Flash by default or block them.
> On Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 11:43 AM, unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca> wrote:
>> I see a number of refurb laptops, computers, and monitors, at
>> http://www.eco-techrecycling.com/refurbs.php (Found via kijiji search.)
>> Anyone with any comments on the offerings?
>> Seems to me:
>> - anything with a trackpoint is a Lenovo business class laptop. More
>> robust?
>> - Core 2 Duo preferred over others?
>> - More speed, the better.
>> - More memory, the better.
>> At one time refurb prices were so close to new that it wasn't worth the
>> loss of warranty. Doesn't seem so at the moment - this level of hardware
>> doesn't seem available at, say, Canada Computers. There you either go up a
>> couple hundred for the next class of hardware (new, but Celeron), or down
>> to a smaller screen.
>> Comments, experiences?

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