Student or not, going the refurbished route nets you huge savings on a good-as-new PC. So if you're feeling the pinch and can't afford to spend a fortune, a refurbished laptop is your best option.
Unlike open box deals, refurbished or "renewed" laptops are reconditioned to look and perform like new. These machines are typically sent back to the manufacturer for repair and re-instated to like new condition. They often include all the accessories that you normally get when you buy a brand new laptop. Just about the only difference is that it may arrive in generic packaging.
Best refurbished laptop deals — Quick links
- Apple: refurbished MacBook deals from $849 (opens in new tab)
- Best Buy: refurbished laptop deals from $134 (opens in new tab)
- Dell: refurbished laptop deals from $207 (opens in new tab)
- Microsoft: refurbished laptop deals from $319 (opens in new tab)
- Newegg: refurbished laptop deals from $69 (opens in new tab)
Best refurbished laptop deals
Refurbished M1 MacBook Air 256GB:
$999 $849 @ Apple (opens in new tab)
Save $150 with this refurbished M1 MacBook Air deal. In our MacBook Air with M1 review (opens in new tab), we gave it a high rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars and the Editor's Choice award. We praised its breathtaking performance and slim, unibody design. We also loved its long battery which endured 14 hours and 41 minutes during testing. Besides Apple's latest 8-core processor, it packs a 13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) IPS Retina display, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD.
Refurbished M1 MacBook Pro 256GB:
$1,299 $1,059 @ Apple (opens in new tab)
This laptop deal takes $190 off the M1 MacBook Pro. Besides a powerful M1 8-core processor, it packs a 13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) IPS Retina display, 8GB of RAM, an 8-core GPU, and a 256GB SSD. It scored a rare 5-star rating from us, making it one of the top laptops on the market.
Refurbished M1 MacBook Pro 512GB:
$1,499 $1,269 @ Apple (opens in new tab)
This refurbished laptop deal takes $220 off the 512GB MacBook Pro M1 (opens in new tab). Besides Apple's M1 8-core CPU, it packs a 13.3-inch 2560 x 1600-pixel Retina display, 8GB of RAM, an 8-core GPU, and 512GB SSD. It scored a rare 5-star rating from us, making it one of the top laptops on the market.
Refurbished Microsoft Surface Laptop 4:
$1,109 $809 @ Microsoft Store (opens in new tab)
Save $300 with this refurbished Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 deal. We named it Editor's Choice for its sleek, premium design, vivid display, and speedy performance. The configuration with the biggest discounts packs a 13.5-inch, (2256 x 1504) display, Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD.
Refurbished Surface Laptop 3:
$749 $517 @ Microsoft (opens in new tab)
For a limited time, save up to $671 on the Editor's Choice Surface Laptop 3. Prices start at $517. The Surface Laptop 3 is a classy and modern-looking notebook made of premium materials. Just like Apple's lightweight, stylish laptop, the Surface Laptop 3 sports a sleek, minimalist look characterized by smooth curves and clean surfaces. In our Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 review, (opens in new tab) we loved its elegant premium design and sharp, vivid display.
Refurbished Dell Laptops: from $207 @ Dell (opens in new tab)
Dell's outlet offers discounted prices on like new condition Dell laptops. Save big on various configuration Dell Inspiron, XPS, as well as G15, and Alienware gaming laptops.