Used Laptops: What you Should Know Before Buying One

By: Lesley Lyon

When you have decided to buy a used laptop, your decision doesn't end here. Again you have two options to decide from: whether a used laptop or a refurbished laptop.

A used laptop is used by a user for a long time and is sold again to you. Though a laptop is sold after one-day use immediately after purchase, it will be sold as a used laptop.

Refurbished laptops are laptops used after purchase and returned to the manufacturer or store. The manufacturer refurbishes the parts needed and again sells it as refurbished laptop. These refurbished laptops are equally good as new laptops, but you get it at a much cheaper price.

While purchasing a used laptop you have to look for three important factors in a laptop such as condition of the laptop, features available and the portability of the laptop.

The used laptop's working condition is very important and it is advisable that you buy a laptop that is within three years old. The currently available programs and software cannot run in outdated laptops since they cannot support the recent technological features. If possible you can stick for searching laptops that are not more than eighteen months old. You don't have to be concerned about some of these aspects, if you are buying a refurbished laptop as it will be repaired and tested like a new one.

Another important factor that is to be considered is the features available on used laptops. If your main concern is speed, then keep in your mind that laptops operate slower than the desktop computers that have the same processing system. Never buy a used laptop with memory less than 128 MB, as it cannot run many of the programs and applications that are available in standard computers of today. You can buy a used laptop that's powered between 20 GB and 80 GB of Hard Disk capacities depending on your computing and processing needs. Other important issues while buying used laptop are the laptop screen size, resolution and definition. Also make sure that the used laptop has the needed capabilities for entertainment and media requirements. As laptops are becoming lighter and thinner day-by-day, its portability is very important while you purchase a used laptop. Choose a weightless used laptop that is portable even with added accessories.

You have to be careful while buying a used laptop from an acquaintance or a private vendor. You have to do a thorough examination of the used laptop with the help of a professional or a neutral party. You can easily get deceived while buying pre-owned items and used laptops are also one among them. Computer knowledge is a must while purchasing a used laptop and then only you can ensure a laptop that will meet the standard requirements for today's environment.

A laptop is a portable gadget that helps you to explore all information you require. As the process of buying a used laptop is complex, you can buy a used laptop guide that helps you in solving problems of what is needed in a used laptop and what is not to be done while buying. Always give importance to factors like the laptop brand, size, weight, battery life, connectivity, storage, memory and processing power. A laptop with high processing power can provide you best value for your money spent.

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