Refurbished or Tokumbo Laptops?
IBM and ACER cannot level on the same platform. You cannot compare an HP with a Fujitsu (from it's shell to board technology). You have the PC's for the masses and those that work years after. For instance, CATIA R 16, 17, 18 (industry version) isn't by spec but by PC's. You can have a fast PC but may not be compatible with your machine and it's security dongle. It's the only plm tool that I know that is based via name and spec due to Enovia. A $500 laptop cannot scale a $2500 unit. They dissipate heat differently, optimal processing power holds up years after. Laptops designed for digital protyping and simulation will never level with multimedia or "trash bag" laptops.
A Tokunbo laptop is a used laptop while a refurbished one may not even have been used.
a laptop is refurbished if it is returned to the manufacturer (under warranty) an a new one issued to the owner. The laptop may have "slight" defects e.g. wrong lettering on the keyboard, wrong positioning of the usb slots, a scratch on the keypad, which are easily corrected by the manufacturer and resold at a huge discount.
Obviously refurbished laptops are way better than tokunbos and of course they look newer. some even hae the smell of "tear rubber/new odour" so the choice is yours.
talking strictly from experience and a professional stand point
A used or tokunbo laptop is a gamble ( just like the "no testing" electronics market in alaba. It is purely a game of chance. you may be lucky to buy a very good used laptop , but if you are not so lucky, you could actually buy a scrap.
a refurbished laptop however may be more reliable, i have used a refurbished laptop for almost a year without a fault to date. That said, i will only recommend a brand new laptop any any day if you have the bucks. you dont have to buy a branded one like dell, sony or ibm, there are equally good and reliable brands like acer, hp , logic etc that you can get with a lower budget.
i hope this helps
They are one and thesame. They have both been used!
Personally, I would not advice you to go for a used laptop right now. Though some of them come at really cheap prices, dont get one cos the fact is that the price for a brand new ones is on the drop, everyday.
I am currently using a Lenovo/IBM T60, got it here 186K! (Now, that's cheap for an IBM). Acers spot really good specs for really low prices.
Unless you are planning to get laptops for a business center, save yourself a lot of potential troubles and go get a new one.