When you are buying a second hand laptop there are a few things you need to look at such as: is there any cosmetic damage, does the internet work on it, is the screen damaged, does it charge, does it turn off if you unplug the charger, does it power down after so many minutes? The reason you need to check for these issues is because it could indicate that the laptop hasn’t been treated well.
If they have a password set on the computer make sure (if you are buying it) they take it off or they give you the password so you can gain access to the laptop.
The only problem with buying a second hand laptop from someone is it won’t come with any warranty, so if it fails you will have to pay for the repair.
If you are looking to buy a brand new laptop from a retail shop such as Currys or Argos, it should come with some warranty already when you purchase your item. If you go down this route, ask the shop assistant which is the best laptop to suit your needs.
Personally if you are just looking to buy a laptop for Internet use, storing files on and writing up word documents you won’t need a very powerful laptop for this. Myself I use my laptop on a day to day basis for all sorts of things such as email, playing music, storing files, writing up documents, playing games and Facebook. So I need a fairly powerful computer to handle these tasks.
With new laptops they usually come with Windows preinstalled so all you do is set up the laptop how you want it to be. There are many makes of Laptops available such as Acer, Dell, Toshiba, HP and many more.
If you are a geek like me, I tend to look at the specifications of a laptop before buying it, the more RAM it’s got the better. Although if you are looking at buying a second hand laptop, make sure it hasn’t got over the recommended amount of RAM.
I also look at what processor the laptop has got and what size the hard drive is. But if you’re really geeky looking at what graphics card the laptop has is good because you can compare it to other graphics cards. I have more information on what laptop to buy in my ‘guide to buying a computer’.