The 5 biggest advantages of refurbished hardware for start-ups

The 5 biggest advantages of refurbished hardware for start-ups
18 Mai 2021

 A variety of factors need to be considered when launching a start-up. A well-functioning IT infrastructure can have a significant effect upon the success of a business. However, money plays a vital role – especially at the start – and brand-new equipment can make costs mount up quickly. Many start-ups choose less powerful equipment to keep the financial burden as low as possible. But there is much simpler and more sustainable alternative which is also easier on the wallet. We’re talking about refurbished hardware. We’ve put together a summary for you about just why start-ups in particular can benefit from the many advantages offered by refurbished equipment.

5 advantages of refurbished hardware for start-ups

Especially for start-ups, refurbished equipment is a promising option for building well-functioning IT infrastructure. We’ve put a list together for you highlighting the advantages new companies can expect from refurbished equipment.

1. It’s cheap

A big reason to choose refurbished hardware is that it’s less expensive than buying new products. On average, IT equipment is used for four years before being replaced. But with refurbishment, the equipment can generally be used without problems for quite a few more years. It can then be offered at a lower price.

2. It’s never dead on arrival

Occasionally, it may be that equipment is delivered which doesn’t work when it is started up. This phenomenon is called “Dead on Arrival”. Particularly in the start-up phase of a new business, time is a vital factor and equipment failure can cause considerable disruption to the company’s work.

Most IT equipment can continue to be used without any problems, with just a few minor repairs after the initial phase of use. The products are thoroughly tested and checked before delivery to prevent any cases of “dead on arrival”. The equipment is almost identical to new products, and the probability that they are faulty or could even fail is so low as to be negligible.

3. Data deletion

Sometimes data belonging to the previous owners isn’t properly deleted from the device. Because we use the latest EU GDPR-compliant software, we can guarantee that there will be no data from the previous owner left on the hardware.

4. It’s sustainable

Everyone’s talking about sustainability, and rightly so. Increasing numbers of customers value companies which demonstrate a sustainable approach to business. Start-ups in particular can differentiate themselves from the competition here. Enormous quantities of carbon dioxide are emitted during the production of new equipment. Refurbishing can extend the life of used hardware. This means valuable resources stay in circulation for longer and are therefore conserved. But it’s not just conserving resources which has a positive effect upon the environment. Refurbishing also considerably reduces the quantity of e-waste we generate. We wrote a blog article called “The problem with electronic waste” summarising the issues associated with e-waste. The article highlights that efficient refurbishment can make a significant contribution to protecting the environment and conserving resources.

5. It’s powerful and reliable

Used hardware has the reputation of not being as powerful as new equipment. People see it as loud, slow and subject to faults. But routers and switches etc. are generally built so that they can deliver full performance long after the initial phase of use. Often minor repairs or a touch-up of external blemishes are enough to make spotting the difference between refurbished equipment and products fresh from the factory almost impossible. What’s more, refurbished equipment is extremely reliable as all the known errors are remedied in advance – so you can expect its performance to be just as strong as you would for a piece of new equipment.


So there are numerous factors which speak for using refurbished hardware. Whether it’s reducing purchase costs or the positive corporate image resulting from conserving resources. In terms of performance, too, refurbished equipment is every bit as good as factory-fresh products and, in some ways, is even better. As the equipment has been thoroughly tested and checked before delivery, faults and downtime can be excluded in advance.


Lisa Neulichedl