With the state of the Nigerian economy, the cost of almost everything has increased. Sadly, this increase in price has not affected our desire and need for electronics like laptops.
These days, a brand new laptop costs almost an arm and a leg. How then do you purchase a good quality laptop without blowing all your savings? Refurbished laptops!
Refurbished laptops have been in the market even before the recent economic recession. They are more affordable and sometimes more durable. If you know what to look out for, you can get one that is almost in brand new condition. How then do you make sure you get a great bargain with your refurbished laptop? Check out these tips!
No, we’re not talking about the dictionary definition. Do you know what a refurbished laptop is, in the Nigerian context? Refurbished laptops are often referred to as “UK Used”. However, not all refurbished laptops have been used.
If you’ve decided to buy a refurbished laptop, you need to understand that there might be some things you have to forgo. For example, with a new laptop, you might get a warranty or even insurance. Meanwhile, with a refurbished laptop, you will probably not have that option.
Refurbished means that the laptop may not be in brand new condition. It may have had a fault which was eventually fixed. It may also have a few marks, minor cracks or scratches on the body. In some cases, a refurbished laptop will not come with manuals and manufacturer’s instruction. Prepare yourself for all this and don’t set your expectations too high.
This is important even when you’re buying a regular, non-refurbished NEW laptop. You should consider what you need a laptop for and the features you will need. If you’ve used or owned a laptop before, take note of what you liked or didn’t like. You can start with basic things like the brand, screen resolution, screen size, and memory. If you don’t know what you want or need, do some research. This is even more important for graphic designers, software developers, videographers or other people who require certain hardware specifications and/or software. For tips on what laptop might be best for you, check here.
After deciding what kind of laptop you need, look at your budget. How much money do you want to spend? To be safe, have a price bracket e.g. 200,000 – 250,000. It helps to avoid any surprises. With your budget, you can view your options. The thing with refurbished laptops is, there is one for everybody (as long as your budget is realistic).
When you’re buying anything at all, it always helps to check what several sellers are offering. Different stores or vendors will usually have different prices and products. With refurbished laptops, this is even more important. You know that phrase, “hidden gem”? When you’re trying to buy a refurbished laptop, your aim is to find a hidden gem. For you to find your “hidden gem”, you have to look at several options. It will definitely not be easy to travel around Lagos to look at laptops in different stores. However, it will definitely be worth it.
You may have heard this statement before. In your search for a laptop, you need to be extremely observant and inquisitive. Ask a lot of questions and look out for certain things. What should you look out for?
This is extremely important. Some refurbished laptops come with new batteries, while others don’t. It is better to get one with a new battery. You don’t want a situation where your laptop becomes a desktop. An old battery has a shorter lifespan.
2. The Body
As we said already, most refurbished laptops will have at least a little scratch or mark. It is very possible that you find a gem – a laptop with hardly noticeable marks or no marks at all. Examine the keyboard, the USB ports and the charger ports. You should also look at the charger cable. If you can, plug in and turn on the laptop before you buy it.
3. The Seller
If possible, buy your laptop from a store or somewhere with a name and possibly receipt. This just helps with follow-up and reliability. You can ask around for trustworthy laptop vendors. Reviews are always useful.
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