Consider These Factors Before Buying A Used Laptop In Nigeria.
Having a laptop these days is almost a necessity for survival. It is practically almost impossible to be effective in certain job roles without a functional laptop. But we cannot deny that getting a new quality laptop can be quite expensive and that is why many people opt for the used products. Thankfully, the used products are also durable and effective, if you don't fall victim of scammers or know what to look out for when shopping for a laptop. If you don't know the factors to consider before buying a used laptop in Nigeria, you might buy a problematic product. This article has been put together to help you get familiar with the things to consider before buying a used laptop in Nigeria.
There are so many types of laptops in the market and it might sound like the easiest thing in the world to go to a store and get a laptop, but it is actually not a walk in the park. Usually, we have a harder time making a choice when we have many alternatives at our disposal. If there were simply two or three types, you wouldn’t have to bother about which to pick. But fortunately and unfortunately, we have a lot to pick from. This is why you cannot afford to go to a store blank; you have to be sure of the type of laptop you want to buy. And the type should be influenced by what you need it for. If you simply need a laptop to watch movies, you will need a different laptop from say, a Graphic Designer or a Software Developer. So, the first thing to ask yourself is what you need the laptop for and what specification will suit your needs. Luckily, all the information you need is online.
Another thing you need to consider before buying a used laptop in Nigeria is the price. It is quite obvious that you shouldn’t break the bank because you want to get a laptop, but it is also important to consider your need. Getting the standard price of used laptops is not as clear as that of new laptops, but it is not impossible. You can still find information that will be useful online. Although, most times, vendors name prices based on their discretion, however, the prices might still largely be close or similar to one another.
Every Nigerian is not a stranger to the electricity issue in the country. The battery life of a laptop or phone is probably the most important factor to consider when getting a gadget. It goes without saying that the battery life of a used laptop is not as strong as that of a new laptop, but depending on the type of laptop, you can still find laptops whose battery life lasts for 3-4 hours or more. What you don't want to do is buy a laptop whose battery is so bad that it even acts like a desktop computer which goes off immediately when the power is cut off. Make sure to check this before paying and if you can demand the warranty to check how long the battery lasts, that will be greatly effective.
You cannot tell the specification of a laptop by merely looking at it. Once you get the laptop, check the specification of the laptop to see if it meets the specs stated by the seller. You can check this by going through ‘My Computer’ and then ‘Properties’ to see the specification of the laptop.
You might likely see scratches on the surface of the laptop considering the fact that it is not brand new, but it should not look worn out and overused. On the other hand, you should check other parts of the computer such as the keyboard (make sure all the keys are functional), the USB ports, CD ROM (if it comes with one) and the charging port amongst others.
While this is not compulsory, it is important. Without being too dramatic, used laptops probably need a warranty more than a new laptop because of how easy it is to get a problematic product. Ask the vendor for warranty and make sure to get the proper documentation for such in case there is something wrong with the product after purchase.
You cannot afford to buy a problematic laptop; it is frustrating and not to mention how much was invested in acquiring it. So, make sure to put in mind all these factors before buying a used laptop in Nigeria.