THE BUSINESS TUNER
Buying a Used Laptop
The most important item to check when buy a used laptop
is the battery.
You should test the battery by fully charging the battery
and checking the laptop runs for a reasonable amount of time,
about 1.5 hours or more.
A replacement battery for a laptop is around
$100 to $150
Laptop needs the battery even if you do not
plan to run the laptop without being plugged in.
The plug in power supply for a laptop is designed
to charge the laptop battery and NOT support
the heavy loads of starting up the laptop
or under heavy use loads such gaming, playing music, and or loading updates.
Also charging a bad battery will burn out
the laptop plug in supply over time and
is a FIRE HAZARD from possibly the bad battery exploding
Also you should test the hard drive
see our tips page
How To Test a Computer Hard Drive
Other repair costs to consider are items such as broken screens
which cost $200+ to repair.
Note: with New laptops costing only on the average $400 to $600
not $1000+ of a few years ago, most used laptops
are NOT worth purchasing.