Used Laptop Buying Tips
- Frame - Carefully inspect the frame of the laptop. look for irregularities outside of usual wear and tear, such as loose hinges, warping, lid alignment, and even missing parts like screws, port lids (where applicable) and the like.
- Screen - A dead pixel will give you white spots (pixels) on your LCD display screen. If you want to check your laptop screen for dead pixels, just do a search for the free 'Dead Pixel Buddy' software program and run it to check your laptop for dead pixels.
- Battery - Used laptops almost always come with dead or weak batteries. This is because Li-Ion cells have a life of about three years, whether it's on the shelf or in constant use. Thus, you should consider whether you'll need a good battery for the used equipment.
- Input - Keyboard, track pad (or track point) are the most used parts of any computer. Check for any irregular damage.
- RAM - This will greatly determine the speed of your laptop or computer. If you are buying a used laptop, check for the available memory slots. RAM is affordable these days and you can upgrade it according to your needs.
- Software - Check if the operating system and any other soft wares already installed on the laptop are legal. Ask for the original software CDs. Doesn't harm to ask for the other CDs that come along with the laptop like recovery CD, drivers, operation manual and others.