If you require a better, higher spec laptop, buying second hand is a great option. There are many great devices available second hand and they usually have more upgrade options compared to newer laptops. But there are a few things that you need to understand when it comes to buying second-hand computers, the most important thing being the fact that they are older devices and that parts may fail sooner compared to newer laptops. That’s not to say that they will because it can be like the lottery.
When I started University four years ago, I purchased a second hand Toshiba Tecra laptop, it cost me around £120 on eBay and it came with a 500GB Hard Drive, 4 GB Ram and an Intel i5 Processor. I used the laptop for both my first and second year at University before I decided to upgrade to something better. However, I did upgrade it to a faster Solid State Drive and 8GB of RAM, which was very easy on that model. I was lucky enough to have these parts lying around.
Second-hand laptops are usually just that second-hand laptops, laptops that haven’t been refurbished or worked on, but we will talk about this later.
Advantages and disadvantages of buying second-hand laptops
|Price – You can pick up a great bargain on a decent laptop||May show signs of wear and tear and contain scratches|
|Specs are usually higher compared to buying a new laptop at a similar price||Parts such as the battery may fail sooner|
|Usually easy to upgrade||Depending on age, it might not support the latest software|
|The size – it may be thicker compared to newer laptops|
|It can be louder compared to other laptops|