If perhaps you’ve decided to buy a used laptop, the biggest mistake you could make is not checking the condition of the components of the laptop before taking it home. The seller might have told you the product has been tested and is void of damages, but before dropping your hard-earned cash, make sure you take a minute to do a proper test drive. The last thing you want is for the laptop you just purchased to develop issues days later.
So, here are the major things you need to check for before paying for a used laptop.
- The screen hinges: the screen should feel sturdy and stay open on its own at any angle without falling. If it feels loose, then it is probably because the hinges are damaged.
- Wi-Fi: To make sure the Wi-Fi works, try connecting to a network and browsing the internet.
- Keyboard: To check the functionality of the keyboard, open a word processing software like notepad and type out every character to ensure there are no stuck keys, and keys that either type repeatedly or incorrectly.
- Test the volume of the laptop to make sure the speakers are in good condition.
- Plug your headphones to test the headphone jack and try jiggling the headphones around a bit to be sure the jack is stable and not broken.
- Do the same with the power connector (charger) – jiggle it a bit to be sure the power connection doesn’t trip off and on at intervals.
- Check the USB ports to ensure that none is broken or damaged (you can do that with a USB cable or flash drive). You should also make sure your chosen laptop has the specific ports you need.
- Test the webcam – do this by launching the feature to see if it works perfectly
- Check the battery cycle – most laptop batteries get worn out over time, however, you can generate a battery report to know the status of your battery.
- Check for dents or scratches on the body of the laptop, especially the screen area. If you find any on the screen, there’s a probability that the screen is liable to get damaged.
- And finally, ask if the laptop comes with a warranty. You should get at least a week’s warranty on a used laptop if you are buying from a dealer.