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Buying a secondhand laptop? From CEX? eBay? A.N.Other??



I feel like this is a stupid question, but I need to get a laptop and I'm totally out of the game WRT tech at the moment.

I'll need to use it for photo processing and some internet surfing.

I want:
- reliability (so Mac??),
- as few potential issues with viruses and all that crap as possible (so Mac??),
- high resolution, decent size screen (so ideally 15"+ Retina or 4K)
- quick (so SSD and 8gb+ of RAM)

but I'm also not loaded...


I've been looking at the 'top spec' non-touchbar MacBook Pros from 2015 (because I want a full proper keyboard) but they seem to range from about a grand at CEX:
(https://uk.webuy.com/search?stext=laptop pro 16gb 15" 11,5 4980HQ)
to something like £1900 at Hoxton:
(https://www.hoxtonmacs.co.uk/collections/macbook-pro-15-inch/products/macbook-pro-retina-15-inch-core-i7-2-8ghz-mid-2015a)

The latter is refurbished and has 12 months warranty, but is that worth £900 more??


I have thought that I could get one of the MacBook Pros from CEX and then spend a portion of the remaining £900ish on a cheap new laptop with a larger screen and Full HD or better, something like this:
https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/asus-vivobook-15-x512fa-15-6-intel-pentium-gold-laptop-256-gb-ssd-silver-10195125-pdt.html
as that would mean I could use the Mac for offline photo processing (and avoid any potential issues with viruses) and then the cheap one for online surfing etc.


I recall that it has been suggested that Windows is pretty secure nowadays unless you're a moron who clicks on email attachments from Nigerian strangers, but I thought that attempted access to open ports was still a thing??

(Sorting security is such a ballache - any recommendations on that front would be very welcome.)


I guess I'm just seeking some advice on which way to jump, as the MacBook Pro would surely be fine for years and retain decent secondhand value, even if I bought the £1900 refurbished version, but I don't want to get ripped off by overpaying.

But then I don't want to spend a grand on something from CEX or eBay that becomes a very expensive paperweight just outside of any Returns or warranty period it might have 😕 as it's not really £900 saved if I have to spend it 6 months from now...


I guess buying the expensive version is buying 'peace of mind' with the warranty for the higher cost, but warranties are the thing that you never need when you buy them but always need when you don't... lol :LOL:


Any advice gratefully received!
 
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Dom_capper

ClioSport Club Member
  2012 Renault Clio
Don’t cex give a 24 month warranty on everything? Definitely get a Mac, just a Mac, you won’t need both. You don’t need to use the Mac offline, they are pretty immune from virus’
 
Don’t cex give a 24 month warranty on everything? Definitely get a Mac, just a Mac, you won’t need both. You don’t need to use the Mac offline, they are pretty immune from virus’
Ah yes, you are correct - although I always wonder if they would fight any claims!


3. Product Warranty
3.1 24-Months Warranty : CeX offers a 24 month warranty on all items except consumables. Please note, consumables e.g. batteries will be covered for 30 days only. This warranty does not cover physical damage, liquid damage, or any damage caused by rooting/ jailbreaking a device, and only covers software faults arising in the course of normal use.

3.2 CeX bears no responsibility for your loss of data, please ensure that all data is removed from the device before booking in for warranty or returning the device.

3.3 If the product sold by CeX is found to be faulty or develops a fault within the first 30 days of sale CeX will refund to the original value and payment method.

3.4 If the product develops a fault after 30 days and within 6 months of sale, CeX will repair or replace the product. If you have already had a repair/replacement that has become faulty again, the refund processed would be to the original value as per the Terms of Use.

3.5 If the product develops a fault after 6 months and before 24 months from the date of sale, CeX will replace/repair the product. If you have already had a repair/replacement that has become faulty again, the refund processed would be to current value as per the Terms of Use.

3.6 All products sent to CeX for refund or return under warranty are made pursuant to a shipment contract. Prior to CeX receiving such products the risk of loss and title for such products remains with the Customer.

3.7 This warranty does not cover physical damage, damage or failures which result from accident, misuse, abuse, neglect, mishandling, misapplication, faulty installation, improper maintenance, and improper voltage supply, interference from or with other electronic devices, alteration, improper modification, firmware flashing, bios flashing or service by anyone other than CeX or an agent approved by CeX.
I mean - what if a keyboard letter breaks? What if the screen suffers damage to the coating (which I think is a known issue)? What if the power port breaks? They can't prove you did it by being a heavy-handed gorilla but you can't prove you didn't... lol
 

Oggy172

ClioSport Club Member
  RB182, 987, Lupo Gti
I'd pm @Perrinho - he's always selling laptops.

Or you could try tagging him incase he doesn't see this thread & misses the pm.
 


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