So, it’s the beginning of 2020 and if you, like myself, are looking for an upgrade to your favorite lap buddy but are plagued with the infamous January Syndrome, you might want to consider an economic way to get a new PC.
A new laptop with specs good enough for gaming could set you back well over US$1,000 online. For most of us, this is completely ridiculous, January Syndrome aside. On the other hand, getting a second hand computer locally will be much much more affordable. Let me share my experience with you.
I recently got a Dell Inspiron 13-5378 with a 6th Gen Intel core i5 processor, a 128gb SSD, 16 gigs of RAM and 8 gigs of dedicated VRAM for a measly US$350. It’s a 2-in-1 and it sports a 10-point touch screen. I’ll admit it’s not the latest nor the most powerful setup on the market, but I considered this a bargain, in light of the machine’s pristine condition. The battery health was fair, lasting between 2 to 3 hours on a charge.
If I had gone for a new laptop with the same budget buying locally, I could easily have ended up getting something significantly inferior. I’m sure with more research and a couple of hours of window shopping, you could get a sweeter deal. I’m just a Dell fanboy so this machine just ticked all the boxes for me.
One thing to note though, is that used laptops may come at a bargain, but they also come with a few risks, namely:
This one may be a no brainer, but it’s one of the cons, so it had to be included. New laptops usually come with a 12-month warranty from the manufacturer that will handle many unexpected faults in your system. A pre-owned or refurbished laptop will not come with this upside though, depending on the seller, you may negotiate an agreement where they will rectify general mishaps for a certain period of time.
Depending on the previous owner, the condition may vary from pristine to something that Yondu Udonta might have kept next to his prototype fin. Besides a few scratches, which might make your new baby aesthetically displeasing, some machines can be so bad to the point of having corrupted hard drives which will fail after a short running time. They could also have faulty cooling which, if you are planning to do some actual work on the laptop, is going to be a real buzzkill.
Now this is a rare occurrence, but some used laptops come with a locked BIOS. This would mean that you would not be able to change the more intricate settings for your device such as boot options, Power on passwords and other advanced features such as overclocking and virtualization.
Additionally, for your own security, you will want to ensure that the machine is not stolen. You can protect yourself from any legal issues by having a formal agreement with the seller and to try by all means to avoid buying from individuals. Companies would be much safer to deal with though I cannot stress the importance of making it official by signing a contract.
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