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+SO YOU WANT TO BUY A USED LAPTOP +

 

 

Before you buy any computer—new or used—you should ask yourself what you're planning to do with it. Since most used computers are a generation or two behind the most recent models, you have to take special care to make sure you don't need the system for cutting edge work. Here are some criteria to keep in mind:

 

  • Portability: Do you travel often? Do you expect to take your work with you? Size and weight are a concern, then: make sure the system you're buying is small enough you can comfortably transport it, but be aware that with portability often (but not always) comes a tradeoff in features and horsepower.

 

  • Specs: Think about the applications you plan to run. Will you be doing any high-end gaming? Video or audio encoding? Anything else that's CPU or memory-intensive? How much storage will you need? Make sure to consider the specs of the system against the apps you're going to use and ask yourself: Can this computer handle your needs? (Often the answer is "Yes.") If not, is the money you'll save on a used machine worth slower apps, or sticking with earlier versions without new features?

 

 

 

Tip # 1: Know what you need

Find the activities for which you want to use your computer below to determine the minimum RAM and CPU you require.

 

Minimum     

Ram Speed

Basic Use Email, web surfing, picture sharing, basic office duties, personal finance

2.0

GB

RAM

1.3 GHz

Dual Core CPU

Intermediate Use All of the above plus downloading/managing music, netflix, hulu, other video streaming, basic creative software, advanced office duties

 

3

GB

RAM

 

 2.0 GHz

AMD X2 or Core2

CPU

Advanced Use All of the above plus online gaming

4

GB

RAM

2.0 GHz i3, i5, or i7

CPU

Tip # 2: Buy a reputable brand Dell, HP, Toshiba or Acer are all Good Brands

 

 

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