When you're in need of electronics, you can visit a local big box store or shop online, but it pays to also check the stock at a pawn shop in your community. The rate that people upgrade their electronics means that lots of people take their older items to pawn shops, and this can work out well for you. In the case of laptop computers, finding one at a pawn shop can potentially save you a significant amount of money, and the laptop that you select may barely seem as though it's had much use. Before you decide which one to buy, here are some things to check out.
You never want to buy a used laptop computer without first turning it on. Doing so will not only assure you that the computer is functional but also give you a chance to assess its operating system. Older computers will understandably have older operating systems, while newer models might have the same O/S that you use on your computer at work or your desktop computer at home. Some operating systems can be easier to use than others, so finding a laptop with a system that is familiar to you will be a good idea.
Some people wipe out their laptop before taking it to a pawn shop, which means that you'll essentially be buying a computer with only the bare essentials on it. This is fine, but you should also note which laptops have software on them. You'll sometimes find laptops that have all the personal files removed, but the software remaining. This can be handy because software can be expensive to buy yourself. A laptop that comes equipped with word processing software, video editing software, and other software, for example, can save you having to buy these programs after you complete your purchase of the laptop.
Key And Mouse Pad Functionality
One of the ways that a laptop can fail is by having problems with the keyboard and/or mouse pad. Take a few minutes in the pawn shop to first move the cursor all around the screen to assess the receptivity of the mouse pad. You want it to be highly responsive to your touch. Open any type of program in which you type — an internet browser is fine if there's no software on the laptop — and meticulously press every key on the keyboard. This will allow you to identify if one is sticky or otherwise not functional. Once your pawn shop laptop has passed these tests, you can make an offer.
For more information on what you can find in a pawn shop, contact a local company like Pawn World.