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Surface: Microsoft sells used Surface equipment in Germany
By Martha Rowinsky on November 9, 2020
The team repairs and tests used hardware like the Surface Pro 6 or Surface Book 2. Some of these cost considerably less money.
Microsoft starts its own Surface-Refurbished program now also in Germany. For this purpose, the company is introducing a new page for devices with the addition “certified refurbished”. There, previously used Surface series equipment that has been reconditioned by the manufacturer can be purchased. The Surface tablets Surface Pro 6 and Surface Go (Test) and the notebooks Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Book 2 (Test). Also the All-in-One Surface Studio (Test) of the first generation is offered there.
The prices for remanufactured hardware vary depending on the configuration. For example, a used Surface Pro 6 with Core i7-8650U, 256 GByte SSD and 8 GByte RAM costs from 800 Euros. The current Surface Pro 7 with Core i5-1035G4, 8 GByte RAM and 128-GByte-SSD is currently 900 Euros when new. Older Surface laptops and Surface Books also cost less money. The price difference of the Surface Studio is quite small: Microsoft offers it for 3,530 Euros instead of 3,700 Euros. The Surface Laptop 2 on the other hand is a much better offer. With Core i5-8250U, 128-GByte-SSD and 8 GByte RAM, the device costs 690 Euros. A new Surface Laptop 3 with Core i5-1035G7, 128-GByte-SSD and 8 GByte RAM costs about 955 Euro.
Good and bad experiences with Surface Refurbished
reconditioned devices are tested by the manufacturer for their function. Defective or worn components are replaced or repaired. Microsoft then subjects the devices to further functional testing to ensure that they function correctly. The Surface units reconditioned in this way are then resold to customers. Microsoft packs them in a new carton and gives a 12-month warranty with the possibility of extending it for an additional charge. A reason according to Microsoft to buy a refurbished device: It’s good for the environment and it saves on electronic waste that might otherwise have been generated.
Certified Refurbished Surface
Some of the community of Winfuture have apparently already had experience with remanufactured surface devices. Apparently a few units were delivered to customers in damaged condition. Due to the small sample, it cannot be said exactly whether this is a common problem with the program. In a thread on Reddit other buyers have also had many positive experiences.