Computers don’t byte
THERE are hundreds of secondhand laptop computers advertised in the Weekend Shopper at heavily discounted prices.
But many shoppers may be reluctant to buy a secondhand computer.
Typically, this is because they don’t believe they have the knowledge to check whether it’s in good working condition.
Budget Computer Repair owner Wali Durrani from Crestmead spoke to the Shopper and offered several tips on what to look at when buying a secondhand laptop.
“Firstly, you need to see if it’s working, so plug it in and turn it on. Check the internet works and that the computer isn’t too slow,” Mr Durrani said.
“ Then look at the screen and check to see if its got any black dots, which are dead pixels. A few’s okay but if there’s a lot I wouldn’t buy it as they can spread.
“Right click on My Computer and go into Properties. Then you can check the computer’s processing capacity, speed and RAM.
“If you also go into the C drive’s properties under My Computer you can see whether it has the advertised hard drive space.
“Look to make sure there are no cracks on the computer. Sometimes the body clogs up with dust, so listen to hear if the fan’s running.
“Check that all the keys on the keyboard work. And if it has a Windows operating system make sure it has a genuine Windows product key. If it doesn’t you’ll have to pay $150-$200 for a new one.”
Mr Durrani sells both secondhand desktops and laptops and offers a month’s warranty on his computers. He advises shoppers to purchase laptops that have long lifespans such as Toshiba and Dell.
“ These have long life spans and there are lots of second-hand parts around for them,” he said.
Shoppers who don’t feel comfortable undertaking computer checks can always take the computer to Budget Computer Repair and Mr Durrani will conduct these checks. It takes about an hour and a half and costs just $40.