Used Laptops Make Mobile Computing Affordable

By: Jon Norwood

Laptop computers have long been a business-class tool with a price that was out of reach for most consumers. Even businesses could not afford to supply all of its employees a top of the line laptop. Prices are now plummeting to the point that almost anyone can afford some sort of laptop or notebook computer without going into debt. This is a boon to many consumers, but students will benefit the most.

In the past to purchase a low cost laptop or notebook, the quality of the device would be sub par or horribly out of date. Now with the wide availability a high quality, relatively new laptop computer can be purchased for oftentimes less than half the new list price. This can mean a good laptop for under $1000.00, and many for less than $500.00.

The speed in which technology is evolving is break neck, and daunting for many businesses and consumers to keep up with. A top of the line computer is less than adequate in 6 months and outdated in a year. While this has been a burden to keep up with, it also means that there are always plenty of used laptops available for sale. Lower income consumers and schools can now afford technology that is only a year out from the manufacturer and is still a viable and powerful tool.

Wireless Internet capabilities are an important reason students need laptops more and more these days. With the power of a desktop computer in a students backpack school work can be done anywhere at any time, and wireless Internet allows the needed research to get homework done fast. This can make homework easier, faster, and fun.

In the past consumers had to choose between a light and portable laptop, and a rugged boat anchor that could withstand a great deal of punishment. Now rugged laptops are available that are easy to carry, and powerful in use. There are still choices to be made, and extremely sturdy laptops can be purchased at the cost of weight but such tools should not be required at a consumer level.

Most major manufacturers carry refurbished laptops and notebook computers. Websites such as Dell, HP, CompUSA, and TigerDirect offer a myriad of used laptops in a wide price range. Amazon.com is another distributor that can provide used computer parts, but the major manufacturers are more likely to have a better selection.

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