MTBF – In Defense Of Refurbs

There is a term used in engineering – Mean Time Between Failure, or MTBF. MTBF is a measure of how reliable a hardware product or component is expected to be, and in essence will tell you how long a particular thing will function before it is likely to fail.

This is not information that companies prominently display on product packaging. In some cases, if you dig really deep into the documentation of a component like a raw hard disk drive you can find a MTBF statement, but for the most part this data that manufacturers keep to themselves. […]