Sometimes your needs and the contents of your wallet often goes in other way, including when we buy a computer. Common dilemma faced by consumers is the price of the target computer sometime soar, far from the funds that we provided.
But don’t worry. If your need is urgent, there is an alternative. Online trading exchange and computer stores usually offer old computers, including laptops, with a variety of conditions and specifications. If you are clever, you’ll get a quality laptop with low prices.
Here are some basic tips to buy used laptop:
Ask about warranty
Lots of reasons people sell laptops that recently purchased, ranging from financial reasons, bored, or not as their needed. Ask clearly about warranty. Is warranty from the store or warranty from authorized distributors? Also check the warranty card. Some brands provide facilities of checking warranties on their official website, such as Lenovo and Apple brand.
If indeed the warranty period becomes a very important factor, you can look for some type of business laptop that usually has a 3-year warranty. I suggest you should buy a laptop with the remaining warranty period of at least 3 months.
Check the screen
One of the most expensive component in a laptop is the LCD screen. Check carefully to see if there are defects in purchased laptop screen. Rapid Method, change the wallpaper to a plain black color and look for the colored dots other than black.
Then change to a plain white wallpaper and find black dot or color dot other than white. Consider also whether there is a line on the screen are not lost. If there are a defects in the screen, you should select another unit, considering the replacement of LCD screen is quite expensive.
Physical checks and functions
Check the physical condition to get an idea of ??what kind of laptop owners previous treatment. If you buy at the store, chances are the store has been cleaned, but for some defects due to knock or fall is usually difficult to be covered.
Ask directly if you suspect that the laptop never dropped or bumped. Think twice to buy if you are unsure. For the function, you can try using the keyboard, speakers, webcam, USB, memory card slot and optical drive to ensure all functions work as expected.
Look at the battery
Perhaps one of the most difficult thing is to know the condition of battery. On some laptops like Apple MacBook and Lenovo ThinkPad, there is software to find out how many cycles the battery or how many times the laptop battery has been charging. The average laptop battery is designed to survive up to 1000 times charge.
If no such software, try turning on the laptop without being connected to the charger and run multiple applications. Notice the battery indicator. If less drastic, less vibrant and the possibility of battery you have to buy a new battery with price quite high.
What is a reasonable price? If used laptop model are willing to buy is still sold in the market, the price difference ranges between 20-30 percent, depending on condition, brand, completeness, and the warranty period.
For products that are not sold anymore, rather difficult to determine the right price. Why, usually a laptop model that has been discontinued (no longer produced), the price isn’t lowered. Though the price of a replacement laptop model (with a higher specification) are usually sold at the same price range. We recommend that you reduce the minimum 35% of final price.
How to deal
If you buy a laptop that is advertised on forums in Internet, you should select a COD (Cash on Delivery). For those who live outside the city, you should use a trusted intermediary to conduct transactions. Avoid sellers are urgently to send money first, unless indeed you have known him.
Buying a used laptop do require extra care and patience. Take your passion if you look at things that priced seemed too cheap. Check first. The keyword: patience and careful. Happy hunting!