In this post we will continue our discussion about things that you need to pay attention to when buying used laptop computer.
Examine the LCD Screen
Chances are, you’re going to be staring at that screen an awful lot. Make sure the colors are stable and that there are no parts of the LCD screen that are washed out or discolored. Replacing an LCD screen is expensive. Better to find a problem with it before you buy it then afterwards.
Is the LCD screen bright enough for your needs? Some used laptops will have LCD screens that are too dim to be practical. Keep in mind that older laptops will often not be very bright in direct sunlight. They should all be bright in normal lighting conditions however.
Built-in wireless used to be a luxury. More and more now though, it really should be seen as a necessity. If the laptop you’re considering doesn’t have built-in wireless, you should at least have an external wireless card thrown in. Connecting to the internet and your local home network is something you’ll find yourself doing a lot of in the future. If you have a choice between 802.1b and 802.1g, make sure you choose the 802.1g as it has more range and greater speed.
How many USB ports come with the laptop? Older laptops may not have any. Some have only one. The more USB ports you can get, the more convenient it is. You should also ask if the laptop comes with USB 2.0 or the older original version 1.
Hard Drive: Choose a large one
In this day and age, anything less than 200GB is way too small. In fact, you should always choose a laptop with as large a hard drive as possible. Storage space fills up fast especially when you consider all the songs and movies people store on their laptops these days. Go as large as your budget allows.
User Computer Laptop Warranty
If you are looking to buy from a reputable dealer, what kind of warranty do they offer? Don’t buy a used laptop from someone that offers you no warranty of any kind. At the very least, you want to get a 30 day warranty. The more the better. You never know if the hard drive is near failure or some other catastrophic problem in near. Reputable dealers offer warranties. Stay away from anyone that doesn’t offer one.