Used Computers Desktops Laptops What To Look For

Used Computers (Desktops/Laptops)– What To Look For?
Nowadays desktops and laptops are much more durable and dependable that they were just five years ago .​
Therefore,​ buying a​ used or​ refurbished computer is​ becoming more of​ a​ trend.
Suppliers replace their computers on​ average every 6 months and companies frequently upgrade their equipment .​
Buying one of​ these used or​ refurbished computers can save you a​ lot of​ money while still using a​ quite up to​ date technology .​
This is​ even more relevant if​ you are not a​ heavy user (i.e .​
most of​ your time on​ a​ computer is​ spent online,​ you may use a​ few standard applications once in​ a​ while) .​
Even modestly priced computers will more than suffice for these types of​ demand.
Thinking about buying a​ used or​ refurbished desktop or​ laptop?
Buying a​ computer is​ not at​ all an​ easy job,​ one has look get detailed information of​ the​ available computers of​ good and reputed brands .​
One must take into consideration the​ size,​ color,​ configurations,​ features etc… While your computer should correspond to​ your personality and lifestyle,​ you should always keep in​ mind the​ reputation of​ the​ brand in​ the​ market .​
Brand counts a​ lot; you can render good service by the​ manufacturer if​ your computer is​ damaged.
Important handy Tips before buying a​ computer...
* Verify if​ the​ brand is​ reputed and always buy a​ good reputed brand .​
Read about customer service experience for that specific computer issues.
* Check the​ warranty/guarantee of​ the​ computer (seek out computers which still have warranty/guarantee remaining)
* Compare the​ price of​ the​ new model in​ the​ market with what price your buying your used computer,​ try to​ get the​ best bargain .​
i.e .​
a​ two year old computer should not be bought for more than half of​ its original price.
* Check if​ the​ computer is​ outdated (if out of​ production it​ is​ difficult to​ get spare parts)
* is​ the​ operating system current (Windows Vista/Windows Xp) .​
Earlier versions probably run slower (windows 2000) and would not be advisable unless your needs are limited (i.e .​
web surfing,​ Word...) .​
In any event,​ stay away with computers running on​ Windows 98 (granted you don't find many anymore) .​
Also be aware of​ Windows Vista .​
Many users are reverting back to​ XP and that is​ even more obvious in​ the​ corporate world .​
Why? Vista looks nice but doesn’t bring many technical improvements; therefore IT managers are not willing to​ implement something new when what they have works just fine .​
Some domestic users just don’t like the​ new way of​ navigation within the​ Vista Operating System.
* Check if​ the​ configuration of​ the​ computer you are buying is​ good.
* Check the​ speed of​ the​ processor .​
If possible start the​ computer and see how long it​ takes to​ fully turn on​ .​
If its slow just turning on,​ imagine the​ lack of​ speed once you start adding software..
Additional Tips for laptops
* is​ the​ battery life good? (search for the​ computers with a​ very good battery backup).
* Check for the​ screen size of​ the​ computer your buying and see to​ it​ that it​ is​ not exceeding the​ Normal (normally the​ screen size should be between 15-17) .​
Less than that generally translates in​ older computers and increases the​ chance of​ age failure .​
Once the​ screen breaks,​ you are often better of​ changing the​ whole computer.
* Review the​ connectivity of​ the​ computer (Network,​ USB,​ Video,​ Audio…) look to​ it​ that it​ has a​ good connectivity including wireless.
* Check out the​ weight .​
Ensure the​ computer is​ light enough for you to​ carry.
* More details at​
Where to​ buy used computers:
* Online auctions .​
Pro: Often offer the​ best prices .​
Cons: Cannot validate the​ accuracy of​ the​ described item .​
No warranty .​
Tip 1: Some companies will offer warranty for up to​ two years,​ the​ cost is​ about 12% to​ 18% of​ the​ purchase price .​
Tip2: Buy from sellers with great feedback,​ do not hesitate to​ contact the​ seller with questions prior to​ bidding.
* Online marketplaces: Pro: Set prices and quantities - Sometime warranty is​ available .​
Cons: Prices can vary a​ lot,​ do your homework.
* Contacting sellers on​ in​ your local area gives you a​ chance to​ meet with the​ owner and physically test the​ computer before the​ purchase
Where to​ buy refurbished computers:
Refurbished computers can be a​ great way to​ buy as​ they have warranties and are generally sold by manufacturers or​ companies affiliated with them.
* Manufacturers websites will tell you how to​ buy directly from them or​ from their authorized sellers .​
Pros: Warranty,​ established companies .​
Cons: Prices are higher than regular auctions (you pay more for peace of​ mind)
Buying a​ used or​ refurbished computer can be a​ great way to​ save money .​
If you use some of​ the​ advice discussed above you can avoid many pitfalls .​
One last thing concerning laptops,​ make sure you have a​ good bag to​ protect your computer from a​ fatal accident .​
Your bag should be big enough for a​ 17 inch screen computer as​ it​ is​ rapidly becoming the​ norm,​ you will probably change your computer within a​ few years,​ the​ bag you may keep a​ lot longer.
Good Buy!

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