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What is a “Refurbished” Product?
“Refurbished” merchandise includes any product that was originally purchased and returned by a consumer. There are a variety of reasons why the product may have been returned: sometimes, the item may have not been functioning properly. In other cases, the box may have been damaged during shipping, the company may have removed the product from the shelves due to excess inventory, or in some instances, it may be an electronic device or accessory that is at the end of its life cycle (i.e., about to be discontinued).

However, the majority of products are returned or exchanged because they were the wrong color, size or incompatible with other devices. In other words, nothing was technically ‘wrong’ with the merchandise – it simply didn’t meet the consumer’s needs from either a cosmetic standpoint, or there was a compatibility issue with their preexisting electronics. Regardless of the scenario, returned items are customarily sent back to the original manufacturer, a third-party refurbishment company or A4C’s own in-house restoration centers where they are restored to like-new condition.

Our refurbished electronics and merchandise include:

  • iPads
  • Blu-ray / DVD players
  • Tablets
  • Memory
  • Cases
  • Bluetooth Headsets
  • eReaders
Tested, Refurbished and Reinspected: Our Refurbishing Process at A4C
A4C stands behind all of our merchandise, including our refurbished products. No matter what the reason was for its return, our expert team has systematically inspected every refurbished item that comes into our warehouse. A series of steps are entailed during the inspection process, including troubleshooting to diagnose the problem, followed by any needed repair to restore the product as close to its original state as possible. Once the merchandise has been restored, techs then grade it cosmetically (A, B, C etc.) to inform the consumer of its appearance. All of the refurbished items sold at A4C are either Grade A or B refurbished merchandise unless otherwise specified, and have been repaired and reinspected to ensure they operate and perform as good as new, and are as cosmetically close to their original appearance as possible.
Carefully Inspected and Guaranteed: Refurbished Merchandise You Can Trust Our skilled technicians carefully test and inspect each of refurbished electronics and accessories to ensure the highest level of quality, savings, convenience and customer satisfaction possible. What’s more, we offer the same warrantee for our refurbished merchandise as we do for our new products – we are so certain that you will be pleased with your purchase that we provide our “Risk-Free, Just Because” policy to guarantee your experience with A4C is a positive one, each and every time you shop with us.
Shop Refurbished at A4C: Your Satisfaction, Guaranteed
In addition to substantial savings, buying refurbished merchandise still offers the same great benefits that we offer for all of our products: your 100% complete Customer Satisfaction. We are so confident that you’ll be pleased with your purchase that we stand behind our entire line of refurbished electronics and merchandise. If you are not absolutely satisfied with your purchase, we offer our “Risk-Free, Just Because” Return Policy, which allows our customers to return any items purchased from A4C within the last 30 days for a full refund.
Why Buy Refurbished Electronics: The Cost-Effective Benefits
At A4C, we believe in providing the most competitive prices online for your cellphone accessory and consumer electronic needs. However, we realize that buying new can present costs that simply don’t fit everyone’s budget. With our line of refurbished electronics, you will find an extensive line of name-brand products that provide you with quality merchandise and save you money, all while offering our regular Return Policy.

Whether you’re shopping for tablets, GPS devices, cellular phone covers, or Bluetooth headsets, we carry a full range of fully refurbished products from well-known brands including Motorola, Apple, Asus, Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung, LG, and more.

Go Green, Save Green: Buy Refurbished Electronics at A4C.com
Buying refurbished doesn’t just save you green – when you shop refurbished/restored merchandise at A4C, you’re actually making an environmentally responsible purchase. Many times, we receive refunds and returned items that have nothing wrong with them, or simply require minimal cosmetic repairs/restoration. As a result, choosing to buy refurbished benefits both you and our planet – you’re not only saving money, but are helping to reduce the waste created by the unnecessary disposal of otherwise functional merchandise.
Shop at A4C.com today.

Microsoft Surface Book 2

When the first Surface Book released back in October 2015, the last thing we expected was its successor making the MacBook Pro look cheap in comparison. However, we mean that in more than one way. Sure, the Surface Book 2 is expensive, but it also has to be. Rather than being one device that flips inside out, like most 2-in-1 laptops, this truly is two machines in one.

Just as with most Intel-based products, however, the Surface Book 2 has had its fair share of security vulnerabilities. Fortunately if you were stressing about the risks inherited with the Spectre exploit, Intel has released patches with Microsoft (and other OEMs) that make their CPUs all but immune. This is great news for anyone worried about their cybersecurity, even if the Surface Book 2 boasts more protection than the first Surface Book out of the box.

And now that Windows 10 Redstone 4, or Spring Creators Update, is likely coming on April 10, packed with long-awaited features like Timeline and Near Share, the Surface Book 2 is about to be more capable than ever before.

Similarly, the Surface Book 2 takes its predecessor’s design and modernizes it ever so slightly to make the critics happy. The hinge mentioned above, for instance, is now a lot more solid. Then add the new 15-inch Surface Book 2 variant on top of the classic and compact 13.5-inch design. They’d both like to be the be-all and end-all laptop that replaces all of your other devices, but does the new 15-inch model succeed?

The short answer is yes, but at a cost that will send fledgling creative types reeling.

Price and availability

Surprising no one, the 15-inch Surface Book 2 is a hugely expensive laptop, with the configuration we’ve tested coming in at a crazy $3,299 in the US. Naturally, this is the highest end that the Surface Book 2 gets, with the entry-level model starting at a still-steep $2,499 (£2,349, AU$3,649) – its only difference being a much smaller 256GB solid-state drive (SSD) inside.

In the UK, the larger Surface Book 2 can be configured with twice the storage of the 256GB model for £2,749, or with a 1TB SSD for £3,149. Meanwhile, in Australia, the 512GB Surface Book 2 is $4,249, whereas the 1TB version sells for $4,849 including GST.

The 13.5-inch Surface Book 2, on the other hand, now starts at a rather economical $1,199 (around £850, AU$1,500) in the US, with other countries likely to follow in the footsteps of this surprising price cut. It unfortunately doesn’t come without compromise either, as this cheapest flavour of the Surface Book 2 you can buy is limited to just 128GB of storage space, alongside a dual-core Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM.

Keep in mind that none of these prices include Microsoft’s $99 (£99, AU$139) Surface Pen. And yes, we will continue to call Microsoft out on this until it begins bundling this nigh-crucial accessory in with the price of its Surface devices again.

For comparison’s sake, Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar starts at $2,399 (£2,349, AU$3,499) for a 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, an AMD Radeon Pro 555 graphics chip with 2GB of VRAM, 16GB of memory and a 256GB SSD – all powering a 2,880 x 1,800-pixel 15.4-inch display at 220 pixels per inch as well as an OLED Touch Bar.

For another 100 bucks, you’re getting a more up-to-date processor and far stronger graphics powering a sharper display with touch control that detaches and acts as a tablet. Not accounting for personal taste, it’s tough to dispute that the Surface Book 2 is the better value here.

Design

It’s no understatement to say that, from a look and feel perspective, Microsoft simply took the original Surface Book and blew it up in all dimensions to make the Surface Book 2 a 15-inch device in all its brushed aluminum splendor. While Microsoft clearly put a lot of effort in vastly increasing the laptop’s power profile and screen technology, this is, in many ways, simply a bigger Surface Book.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing, mind you. Microsoft has clearly taken what it had learned from the Surface Book i7 and went to town with it, crafting a power-packed 15-inch laptop that’s actually rather light. Better yet, when detached from its base, this is the lightest-feeling 15-inch tablet we’ve ever tested – to the point that it feels deceptively small in our hands.

That said, the Surface Book 2’s fulcrum hinge does make for a laptop that’s a little more unwieldy to cram into a backpack than most, and it’s now more pronounced than ever. Worse still, Microsoft didn’t do much design-wise with the extra space that 15 inches affords you.

For instance, the glass trackpad isn’t quite as wide or deep as, say, the 15-inch MacBook Pro’s when it very well could have been, given the space. Also, the lack of up-firing stereo speakers in the base is a glaring omission, with ample space on all three remaining sides of the keyboard for extra audio chambers.

Instead, we’re stuck with rather tinny, albeit front-firing, speakers on the tablet portion of the device. The bigger keyboard base should offer us bigger everything, frankly, not just bigger graphics. Worse yet is that the audio jack is still in the same weird, upper-right-edge position it’s always been, dangling over our hands and distracting us while typing.

Speaking of which, typing on the Surface Book 2 is a pleasure, with a brightly backlit keyboard that demonstrates deep-enough travel and punchy feedback. However, in our view, the feedback could stand to be a touch more forceful – but that could be down to personal taste.

All told, we like the Surface Book 2 (15-inch) design quite a bit – even its 1080p webcam and rear camera should impress at the next meeting or in your Instagram feed. But, we can’t ignore the missed opportunities to refine the product that much further and make the experience that much bigger when it comes to how it feels, looks and sounds.

Display and Surface Pen

Of course, we’re just as in love with the Surface Book 2 (15-inch) display as we were with the previous two models. Text looks crisp on the screen as do photos and video, even if the 3:2 aspect ratio makes for some awfully thick black bars during the latter.

The display’s resolution is nigh-unmatched short of 4K laptops, and Apple’s MacBook displays can’t hold a candle to it pixel for pixel. While Apple’s P3 color gamut might tower over Microsoft’s panel in the eyes of art and media pros, we don’t see much difference between the two in regards to color reproduction.

We’re told that Microsoft devoted quite a bit of effort to improving the touch response in its latest PixelSense display for the Surface Book 2, and it shows in testing. If any lag between drawing on the screen with the Surface Pen and its appearance on the screen was there before, it’s certainly imperceptible now.

In fact, if you scribble on a sticky note and run the Surface Pen off of the note window – you’ll see traces of ink appear on whatever is there, though it will almost immediately disappear. That’s a special processor rendering the ink before even Windows 10 does, we’re told, which should speak to the absence of latency in the touchscreen.

Plus, attaching and detaching the display from the keyboard base is as speedy as you’d expect from a wildly expensive computing device. Whether it’s going into tablet mode or back into a laptop, it’s less than a second before you’re successfully tapping or typing away.

At any rate, the Surface Book 2 screen goes to show that Microsoft can craft displays worthy of comparison against the technology world’s greatest in basically every metric.

You can get Surface Book 2, or any other Microsoft items, including Office 365 from Microsoft Online Store Today.