About Cheap Notebooks
Cheap notebooks are laptop-style computers, usually second-hand, reconditioned or refurbished. If they are sold by a company specialising in computers, they tend to be graded between 1 and 4, where 1 is used but in excellent condition, and 4 is used and showing heavy wear and tear. Some suppliers provide a 6-month warranty. Some may be sold only to be used as parts for repair work.
Batteries tend to become less efficient over time. If the notebook you are thinking about buying does not have a reconditioned or replaced battery, it may be worth asking the seller how long it lasts on charge, since laptop batteries are notorious for eventually failing to work without the AC mains adapter plugged in.
Hardware specifications vary considerably between notebooks, so when considering a purchase, it?s a good idea to compare several items side-by-side, and to think about what you require from the computer. For example, a computer that will be creating video and dealing with images may require a higher-spec graphics card and more RAM than one that is primarily for browsing the Internet.
Cheap notebooks may come with an operating system already installed, or they may have been entirely wiped clean. Some suppliers offer to install the operating system of your choice. The world-wide preference for operating systems is Windows, and versions of this that are currently in widespread use are Windows 7, 8, and Vista. An older (although very reliable) version of Windows is XP, although not all XP features may now be supported by Microsoft (the operating system manufacturer).
Other operating systems may include Linux, which is a free, ?shareware? operating system, or Android, which is the same brand as many smartphones. Very occasionally, Apple notebooks may be found offered cheap, using a Mac operating system.