People need laptops for their daily work regardless of their profession. It is impossible to survive without a laptop in this era of technology and software. Every organization and institute uses some software for which a laptop becomes an essential need. Even as a freelancer, you need a laptop with specific specs to carry out tasks. Given the fact that a lot of software you use need high specs and new laptops are expensive, a majority opt for used or refurbished ones.
The term reconditioned computers cannot be used interchangeably with used computers. The latter is literally when an individual uses a laptop for a certain period of time and sells it to you in the same condition. Refurbished computers, on the other hand, are first sent to the factory, brought back to a good condition by professionals and then sold to consumers. Both types, however, have some sort of risk attached!
The question then arises whether one must always opt for refurbished machines instead of used ones. The answer is that used laptops can turn out to be better at times too! Some people buy new laptops, use it for a couple of months and sell it for cheap because they have the money to buy a better one. If you are lucky enough, you will be the one to buy that laptop and it would not create any problem for you for a long time.
Many people, however, sell their laptops if there is a technical fault in the system. Once repaired, the machine is likely to create problems frequently so buying a used laptop might not always be a great decision.
Since there is a risk with refurbished laptops too, it is recommended to buy factory certified refurbished computers. Some retailers may sell used laptops under the name of refurbished machines for extra money and hence it is your responsibility to ensure that the machine is certified by a renowned brand factory e.g. Dell.
Refurbished laptops are less than half the price of a new laptop with same specs so even if they work fine for a year or two, they could still be a better and cheaper option than buying new ones. It also depends on your preference because some people are risk-averse and prefer a machine that is guaranteed to work for a long period of time.