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Please assist, buying a used laptop

By Scuall
Nov 24, 2007
  1. As the title states, I'm buying a used Alienware laptop. Here are the specs

    1 | AURORA M9700
    1 | AURORA-M 9700 17" WUXGA W/ CAM
    1 | AMD TURION 2.0 GHZ 35W L2 1MB ML-37
    2 | PDP 1GB DDR PC3200 SODIMM AW90 (2 Gigs of ram)
    2 | 9700 NVIDIA 7900 GS WITH 256MB (TWO video cards)
    1 | FUJITSU 80GB 5400 RPM SATA M80+PMR
    1 | 8X DVD+/-RW NEC AD-5540A REV 1
    1 | 9700 802.11 B/G MINI PCI WIRELESS CARD
    1 | MICROSOFT WINDOWS XP PRO
    1 | ALIENGUISE XENOMORPH
    1 | ALIENWARE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD STORE
    1 | CYBERLINK POWERDVD 6.0
    1 | XP RESPWAN KIT
    1 | SYMANTEC GHOST CORPORATE VERSION 8 (LICENSE)
    1 | NVIDIA SLI TECHNOLOGY CONFIGURATION
    1 | OWNER IDENTIFICATION CARD
    1 | 1-YR 24/7 WARRANTY (NO CHARGE)
    1 | ON-SITE WARRANTY
    1 | PERIPHERALS
    1 | ALIENWARE MOUSEPAD
    1 | WINDOWS XP PRO AMD RECOVERY CD V6041
    1 | NERO 7 ESSENTIALS SUITE
    1 | ALIENWARE MOBILE BINDER 9700A

    Seller is asking $1800, seems like a fair deal. I'm meeting him tomorrow to take a closer look at the item. I'm fairly knowledgeable about PCs, but have never purchased a used laptop before. Anything in particular I should look out for? The item was being used by a student, he got sick of lugging the heavy beast to class.
     
  2. mscrx

    mscrx TS Rookie Posts: 310

    just some thoughts....
    basically I would say its a good deal. well, you never know but first of all check if there is any visible damage (cover, dispay, ect.) then if there is any os preinstalled try the functionality of keyboard and touchpad. if the seller allows it take a usb device with you to test the usb ports, look for faulty pixels in the display, maybe run a benchmark....

    mscrx
     
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