Used laptop computers are everywhere these days. How can you sift through the mass of available used laptop computers to narrow your search down to the right laptop for you? Here are a few basic suggestions to keep in mind.
Buy from a reputable dealer
It can be tempting to pick up your local classifieds and simply choose the lowest price laptop in the newspaper and buy it from whomever. But, this is a mistake. Less headache and aggravation will result by buying from a reputable dealer. If something goes wrong with it right after you buy it, you’ll at least have some recourse.
Quick Visual Inspection: Looking for signs of damage
One of the most common ways a laptop is damaged is by dropping it on a hard surface. Look for cracks around the corners of the laptop. You should also look for any chipped plastic around the LCD Screen.
Make sure the hinges of the LCD Screen are in good shape and aren’t cracked or separating from the body of the laptop. This damage can result when someone opens the screen too far. It can also be the result of being dropped.
Examine the power supply that comes with the laptop to make sure there are no signs of overheating like a melted cord or power box. Be sure that the power cord itself is not frayed or damaged in any way. Take a look at the end that plugs into the laptop, make sure it isn’t damaged. Plug it into the laptop and wiggle it around to make sure it isn’t loose in the laptop. This can also indicate that the laptop has suffered internal damage.
Laptop Operating System
Does the laptop you’re looking at come with an operating system? If not, it could be difficult for you to fully test the operation of the laptop.
Quick Power Up Inspection
Power up the laptop if it already isn’t on. Make sure to open the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive that comes with the laptop. Look for USB ports and make sure they are in good repair. Locate the vent for the CPU fan (if it has one – most do) and listen to the sound it makes. If you hear any whining or grinding sounds, beware. This may be an indication that the CPU inside has not been getting proper cooling which can definitely lead to problems down the road like random crashes, shut downs, etc.