The complete guide to buying a used laptop

The complete guide to buying a used laptop

Buying a laptop can be a very difficult task, let alone buying a used laptop. Most sales people usually do not help the situation as well. Sell as much laptops as they can, that is all they want to do. I remember buying my first laptop, they were not as popular then. I had done my research well and knew exactly what I wanted, or at least I thought I did. Well let’s cut the story and just say I did not get value for hard earned cash.

Buying a Used laptop

Brand new laptops are very expensive so most people opt for used ones. Well prospective laptop owners out there need not suffer the same fate i suffered some years ago. Here we give you a complete guide to buying a used laptop.

Know exactly what you want

Now this might be difficult for novices who understand or know very little about computer. However fact still remains, you need to know exactly what you need. This process is made simpler by defining the primary use of the laptop. A laptop for office use will be very different for a gaming one. Obvious as this may appear to some, it remains true a huge chunk of people have no idea what they need in a laptop.

Purchase from a reputable dealer

Whether you purchase your laptop used or refurbished, you’ll want to buy from a reputable source. If you decide to do . When purchasing offline, you’ll want to purchase a used laptop from someone who is knowledgeable with computers, as they will know the quality of the device better than someone who knows very little.

Check the hardware

By all means, try to avoid fussing too much about cosmetics. Focus on getting something that works, its more important.

  • Examine the screen. Switch on the laptop and lookout for any washed out areas, lines and jerkiness.
  • Test the input ports–USB connections, headphone and microphone jacks, power cord inputs, etc.
  • Test the keyboard and the touch-pad whether they are functioning correctly.

NB- Most of the checks mentioned above may be impossible to do if you are purchasing online. In such a case ask for as many pictures of the laptop as possible. Examine the pictures closely and ask the seller as many questions as you can, about the laptop of course.

Look out for dents and scratches, these are usually signs of drops and bumps. Drops and bumps usually cause hardware malfunctions hence if you see any signs be more thorough in yo hardware checks.

Check the specs

This is probably the most important thing. You cannot just take the sales person’s word that the laptop is a ‘beast’ without checking for yourself. Check the RAM, processor, graphics card, screen resolution, battery and anything more specific to your needs. Click here for some of the ways to check system specifications when buying a laptop.

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