If you are looking to buy a used Macbook Pro online, read these simple tips to make sure you are getting a laptop that will actually be good for you. You want to make sure you are getting a computer that can last you for a long period of time. Don’t commit to purchasing a used Apple computer just because you will be saving $600 if you bought it new from the Apple store.
1. Make sure you actually like using an Apple computer.
If you are used to using PCs and Windows, switching to Apple’s OS X can be a bit of a shock. It uses the same programs, but there will be some differences. You can have the same version of Microsoft Office installed on a PC and Mac, but there will always be small differences in how those programs interact with each other.
If you don’t like using Apple’s operating system, then you might want to stick with a PC.
2. Check the physical condition of the laptop.
If the computer looks like it has been used for a million hours over the course of 5 years, you might want to take a step back and ask questions about its actual use. If the seller can’t provide specific details about the it’s previous use (hours per day used, battery life, etc.), then I suggest passing on that deal and waiting for the next deal.
3. Check for passwords.
Once the computer is loaded into the operating system, ask your seller to log out or restart the computer. If it resets and goes straight into the operating system without needing a password, be sure to ask if there is a password when installing new software. Everything could seem great and legit when checking it, but if you choose to install new software, it could ask for a password. Make sure you get that master password before you buy.
4. Check the keyboard.
The laptop could be physically clean, but make sure you open a program that lets you type. This could be a Word file, a text file, or an internet window. Then drag a finger across each key to make sure it actually works.
Sometimes you can use a mouse to check and make sure it is good to buy, but then you take it home only to find out the seller didn’t mention that 5 keys on the keyboard don’t work.
5. Test the USB and CD drives.
Make sure you bring a mouse and maybe a CD or DVD to make sure the USB and CD drives work.
6. Test the charger.
Make sure you test and check the computer while it is running on its battery. If you are looking for a used Macbook, you can’t expect the battery life to be as fresh as it is when it’s new. But you want to make sure the battery at least holds a charge.
And make sure that when you plug it in, it actually charges the battery. (The charger gives you a green light, meaning it is already fully charged, or gives you an orange light, meaning that it is charging the battery).
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I’m sure there are some things I am missing. If you have any more tips about buying a used Macbook Pro or other computer or notebook, leave them in the comments below.