Buying Used : What to look for?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by OSMac, May 7, 2011.

  1. macrumors 65816

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    Looking for a used 11" model, any tips on what to look for when inspecting a used Air?
     
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    Hellhammer

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    Pretty much the same procedures as with buying any used computer:

    1. Make sure the seller has the receipt, preferably original (if you want to be even more careful, ask to see the seller's drivers license to make sure that he is the same guy as the buyer of the machine; assuming there is a name on the receipt)

    2. Check the warranty coverage using the machine's serial number to make sure it is still covered (it should be but there can always be exceptions). It's also a good way to check that the seller is legit and telling the truth.

    3. Check the exterior for any dents, scratches etc. If there are something that the seller did not mention, then renegotiate the price.

    4. Boot it up and make sure it works (no need for thorough inspection, just make sure it boots fine and etc)..

    There are couple of points that I came up with.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks !

    Any way to check the battery quality?
     
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    Hellhammer

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    About This Mac -> More info -> Power

    There you can see the cycle count and condition of the battery. Also, check the full charge capacity to see the battery health. The maximum design capacity for 11" MBA is 4680 mAh (it won't be that good but IMO it should be +90% for that young machine).

    Or download coconutBattery and it will tell you all you need.
     

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