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Used Laptops for Business: What to Look For

Aug 12, 2008
Looking to buy a used laptop (or laptops) for your business needs? This can be a confusing endeavor at times. First, you need to find a laptop that fits the unique needs of business users. Then, you need to find a source of these cheap used laptops that you can trust. Even then, you may still worry about support and reliability. This article will help address these needs.

First, how do you find a laptop that works well for business users? Fortunately, business users aren't gamers, so the requirements are straightforward. Since business is all about enhancing productivity, you want to find laptops that have all the most common productivity enhancing features.

The first of these is RAM. If you don't have enough, you can't be productive, period. Make sure your laptops have 1gb of memory or better. Anything lower will prove frustrating to use under real world business conditions.

The second most important features are the screen and the keyboard. Since these form your connection with the computer, it is essential that these work well. Look for solid feeling, full sized, durable keyboards. Try to find high resolution, easily visible screens. Laptops having these features will work much better than those without for business users.

Lastly, consider connectivity. Business users need to stay connected. Look for laptops that have wi-fi, Bluetooth, and other common connectivity interfaces. You can often buy PC cards to expand the connectivity options of your notebook, but getting them built in is generally easier.

So, where can you get these business laptops? One of the best ways to buy from companies that a liquidated their old stock. This way, you get business proven laptops at very low prices. Great places to buy these used business laptops include eBay and Craigslist, but there are other options if you look around. Try to find reputable sellers, though, to make sure you're getting the best product.

Once you have your laptop, how do you make sure it is supported? This isn't too much of an issue, in actuality. If you've purchased a reliable, high quality, business class laptop, you should find your issues will be quite low. In fact, the money you save buying used should far outweigh any additional support costs you might incur.

So, this should give you a basic idea of how you can find some used laptops for your business. Of course, there are more details to consider, but if you keep your common sense, you shouldn't have any trouble finding some great deals on laptops that will serve your business well for years to come.
About the Author
David Wilson is the man behind Used Laptop Central, a site devoted helping you find the best deals on all kinds of laptops. Please visit the site for more great articles, and great prices on laptops, including used IBM laptops Please visit and take a look.
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