What to expect from a used laptop?
January 15, 2011 10:18 AM Subscribe
What is reasonable to expect from a used laptop? And from the eBay seller of a used laptop?
posted by ferkit to Computers & Internet (10 answers total)
Last week, I purchased a used ThinkPad on eBay - my first used computer, and my first eBay purchase. I got what I still feel is reliable info about the seller from folks on an excellent TPad message board, did my thinking about the offer (a really excellent offer - and seemed very much on the level) - and feel I went into this with my eyes open. Taking a risk, but a calculated risk.
Questions arose when I received the unit; I've tried to contact the seller twice via eBay (on Tues 1/11 and Weds 1/12), and have received no response. Which concerns me a bit. I've now contacted eBay for seller contact info.
My questions for the Hive Mind are:
A) What is reasonable to expect from a used X60 priced at *well* under $300? (how long "should" it last without major meltdown - one year? 6 months? less? Note the quotes around "should" - I imagine this is a very grey area.) I've heard that some machines sold by this seller are close to mint - this one is definitely used, but quite functional. My only remaining concerns about the unit are:
1) a 'roasted electronics' smell from the fan - it's only very, very faint now that I've got the power profile on max. battery. Before I did this, though, it was quite noticeable!
2) a tiny scratch on the screen - really only visible when the screen is dark. No dead pixels, though! I'd wondered whether the lcd's lamp was ok - but I have no objective way of measuring this. Is a screen scratch close to the center considered 'cosmetic' or 'functional'?
B) what is reasonable to expect from a seller vis a vis his / her responding to a buyer's query? There was no paperwork or invoice in the box itself, but the mailing label does include a phone number, presumably for use by Fedex.
Good things I can say about the machine - any other issues are cosmetic - meaning they're not issues at all. The battery seems fine - haven't recalibrated it, but it seems to give around 2 or 2 1/2 hours of normal computing. There were unexpected and delightful extras in the box - an ultrabase (no key, but that's fine), an external optical drive, an extra adapter (well, that was probably for the ultrabase, now that I think about it).
Sorry if these questions seem incredibly naive.