buying used, what to check for?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by burnttoast0304, Oct 12, 2008.

  1. burnttoast0304 macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2008
    Calgary, AB
    Hey guys im planning on buying either a used macbook or macbook air off th same seller, what should i check for before giving him the money? thanks in advance,

  2. mrrish macrumors regular


    Feb 14, 2008
    1) Remaining warranty, if any
    2) Check screen quality (destruction due to pressure, dead pixels, discoloration)
    3) Original software discs that came with the computer
    4) Listen close to the fan (under asdw keys) and hard drive and look for sound abnormalities.
    5) check battery quality, new macbooks last for about 4-5 hours on a full charge. my 1.5 y.o. macbook lasts for 3:30-4:00 hrs now...
    6) cd-rom, make sure it loads a disc, check disc utility to see if it is recognized
    7) iSight, make sure it works with photobooth
    8) mic, click sound in preferences panel and click the input tab to observe the mic input fluctuations

    imo, i'd buy refurb from apple or at least make sure the person you are buying from has some remaining warranty on his mac.

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