Refurbished

In computer technology, refurbished refers to “old” or used computer equipment that has been restored to like-new working condition and/or appearance. It may also refer to any computer device that has been sent back to the factory to fix a flaw.

Refurbished Generally Refers to Hardware

The term typically refers to the hardware components of a computer that have been either replaced with similar components or updated with newer technology than the device originally came with. Companies that lease computers will often refurbish the computers after they are turned in and resell the refurbished units, commonly referred to as refurbs, at prices lower than those of new computers, or donate the refurbs to schools or charities.

Vangie Beal
Vangie Beal is a freelance business and technology writer covering Internet technologies and online business since the late '90s.

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