Laptop: buying used

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Laptop: buying used

Postby millerman » Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:59 pm

My IT needs are minimal so I thought I'd buy a used laptop, not refurbished.

Has anyone got a favourite test I could run on a laptop to see if the hardware and software is functioning correctly
NB. must be simple to carry out

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Re: Laptop: buying used

Postby Blaketon » Sat Mar 23, 2019 3:43 pm

I had one similar to this a few weeks ago - https://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/computin ... 8-pdt.html . Mine was £139 but the SRP was £209 and I expect they have sold out. It's OK for Internet access but it won't work with Windows things like Word (Though it does have Google things for doing the same kinds of thing, but I've not used them). I tend to think they are all junk, so I spend as little and possible on them and when they have to be binned, it's not so bad as if you've shelled out a lot.

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Re: Laptop: buying used

Postby TDV102 » Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:45 pm

Buy decent brands only, avoid Packard Bell, Medion, Acer

I always recommend HP. Toshiba, Dell, Sony, Asus

If you want to test an HP download the UEFI utility from:

https://www8.hp.com/uk/en/campaigns/hps ... diags.html

and put it on an EMPTY USB drive and hit F2 to boot from it, full test will show any issues.

If you want a major bargain, look for a newer laptop with a cracked screen, they are easy to replace! and people usually sell for scrap value. A new screen is about £40, An i5 laptop with a damaged screen less than £100. Plenty of tutorials on how to fit are on Youtube and they are easy to do.
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Re: Laptop: buying used

Postby millerman » Sat Mar 23, 2019 8:13 pm

Thanks for replies, much appreciated.
TDV, I am looking at a 2015 i7 processor laptop assembled by PCSpecialist Ltd

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Re: Laptop: buying used

Postby millerman » Sat Mar 23, 2019 8:13 pm

Thanks for replies, much appreciated.
TDV, I am looking at a 2015 i7 processor laptop assembled by PCSpecialist Ltd

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Re: Laptop: buying used

Postby TDV102 » Tue Mar 26, 2019 6:33 pm

Good brand and good spec! Would have been £1000 new.
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