Laptop Buying Guide (Pakistan Focused)

Everyone is going laptop these days. Hence, one must be familiar with few things before buying a laptop so that you get a quality product against your well earned money.

Check Points: You may need to consider following things while purchasing a new laptop.

Price:

Go to laptop manufacturer’s  website, find out its price and convert foreign currency into local currency and then match the price with local computer market.

Usually the price on manufacturer’s website should match the local market, with slight margin of difference due to currency rate fluctuation.

Is it refurbished?

Refurbished laptops means Manufacture Company (such as DELL) repaired a laptop. By repair we mean, any part of laptop is repaired and is ready for sale with all accessories and packaging but at a low price.

There are slight chances that you might be getting a refurbished laptop, while you buy it as a NEW LAPTOP with 1 year warranty at low price.

For checking if laptop is refurbished or not, you must get laptop’s serial number and find out the remaining warranty of this particular laptop from its website. If remaining warranty is less than one year then you are surely buying a refurbished laptop.

Watch out, sometimes retailers remove serial sticker from the back of refurbished laptops.

Most of the time refurbished laptops are being offered with 3 to 6 months warranty.

Warranty: Is it locally claimed or internationally? With local warranty, it is easy for you to claim warranty – while if you are planning to travel across the globe then International warranty should be your choice.

Warranty Period: In How many years, months or days you can claim warranty for the laptop? , here don’t forget the warranty period time of refurbished laptop.

Accessories: what accessories should come with the box? For that you can check the manufacturer website to know the accessories sent during shipment by giving serial number of the laptop.

Usually retailers take our accessories and sell them with separate price to customers, such as ear phones etc.

Dead Pixel check: request retailer/seller to install any free dead pixel program, easily available online or download while checking the laptop at the shop (as most of the computer shops have WiFi).

By dead pixel we mean dead display areas in LCD of the laptop. You can also manually check this by changing background color of the desktop screen into white, green, red, blue and black. By changing these colors you can easily find out any dot or spot on the screen.

Keyboard keys check:

Write down the old one “the quick brown fox” statement to check working sense of keyboard alphabets and write in caps and small both forms.

Later on you can also check numeric pad as well with function keys.

HDMI Port Check:

Sometime, HDMI port is installed in laptop, but driver refuse detecting that HDMI port’s physical installation. For checking this out reinstall the drivers or check in device manager of the laptop to verify the functionality of the HDMI port.

Bluetooth Check:

In our local markets, most of laptops come with built-in Bluetooth devices, check and confirm from manufacturer and retailer about the Bluetooth device availability in the laptop.

It merits mentioning here that Bluetooth devices are usually taken out of laptop by resellers, so that they can sell it as a standalone product.

Factory Dos installed Laptops:

These laptops don’t come with windows operating system by default. So, if you get these laptops installed with windows operating system, this must be some pirated copy of windows installation.

These dos installed laptops are less expensive than factory installed windows Operating Systems.

Memory (RAM module) installations:

Sometime, retailers replace 1GB ram with 2 pairs of 512 mb ram that reduces the cost of laptop, but also reduce the speed and reselling of the laptop. As buying ram in 2 modules or less expensive than in a single module, so check the modules installation  and prefer single modules installation like 1GB or 2GB or 2GB+1GB=3GB etc

Happy Buying…!


  • Afnan

    nice information because i know how to check and verify a PC but i dont know about laptops so much really this article helps me alot.
    Keep it up PROPAKISTANI and we will keep reading.

    • muhammad shafique

      what about lenovo laptops in pakistan, i want to buy lenovo g580, if some one has the experience of this brand , what are your opinions regarding it and what are the suggestions, will be thankful for suggestions

  • nomi

    i have hp pavilion dm2000 cuore2duo laptop
    it has origionall windows vista but its recovery is not burning to a disk it says that recovery can only be made once i gueesss someone have interrupted it but now what should i dO????????

    • AQ

      use “Nortan Ghost” or any other disk image making tool

      GOOGLE IT PLEASE :)

      then make an ISO file using Ultra ISO and burn it on DVD

      bTw use this forum for more help

      http://forums.mydigitallife.info/index.php

      • nomi

        but it gives a message that the system recovery can only be made once……. i am not familiar with it plz contact me on my email or give me ur email and guide me plzzzzzzzzzzzzz
        my email is
        [email protected]

  • ali muqadas

    please also publish how to check a desktop pc…thanks for helping me in laptops…

  • fahd

    @ nomi
    make the image of the ur drive and write it on a cd

  • web hosting pakistan

    nice information on the topic. Keep it up :)

  • Gravity

    The post image says “LaBtop”, i think it needs a fix.
    Nice article though!

    • Fahad

      I don’t think that it needs a fix , Acually the one who wrote his english needs a fix

    • Afnan

      gravity its a name of a shop so there is no right and wrong.

  • Imran

    I will buy dell inspiron 1564

  • always buy a new machine and nothing to worried at least for one year :)

    • djhassoo

      not all can afford such expensive thing, we are living in Zardari land bro wakeup!!!

      • i will suggest to don’t get exited if you got some 20 to 30 thousand rupies and don’t waste them. if u or someone can not afford a new don’t go with old just go with some simple machines instead of multimedia and other shits and if you still want multimedia then buy a iphone but not a laptop because used thing cant give u such a pleasure what u will have in new or updated. n btw its not zardari land its our land it was our brothers n sisters mistake who bring him to our land :) now we have to decide how we get our land back.

  • Fahad

    Mashallah Kush ker deta gee … It would help alot

  • nomi

    u people havent solved my problem???????

    • install acronis true image. It will make a image of ur c drive where ur windows is installed. Now when ever ur windows gets corrupted restore it from acronis. Because it starts when ur pc starts to boot. For further help add me [email protected]

  • IMUJ

    NOW A DAYS WHAT IS THE LOW PRICE FOR P3 AND P4 LAPTOP

  • Bilal

    I never thought about the fraud in keyboard while purchasing (second hand laptop).
    Ensure that all the keys are working specially while purchasing 2nd hand.
    Can be used some keyboard test software.

  • Bilal

    Last most Important but not the least, is the battery life while purchasing 2nd hand.

    Note the battery life at Initial startup, Then after few mins, & then again.
    & Check it after restart too.
    If it drops continuously too long then it must be faulty.

    Imp precautions while purchasing 2nd HD.
    Also there are some software to check battery life.
    Like BatteryBar Pro.(But I personally not used yet)

  • Usman

    One more thing. You should buy a brand that has resale value such as DELL, HP has good resale value and LG, Aces don’t.

    The same matter is with mobile phone like Nokia has good resale value

    Last Year, I bought Dell Studio 1555 Core2Duo. I am completely satisfied and happy with it.

  • S.B.

    Shukrya! Yeh buhat useful article hai

  • Saad

    if buying a used 1, or new with preinstalled windows,
    dxdiag is a great tool to chek ur computers performance.

    start > run > dxdiag

    with win xp, dxdiag dry-runs hardware utilities like graphics, sounds and networking devices for test purposes :) Very very helpful tool in scrutenizing a pc :)

  • Mubashar Naqvi

    Hi Dear ones!
    Assalam-O-Alaikum!
    Your words are encouraging to know how caring we are to help each other. This is the thing we need in Pakistan. If we join hands together , no body can harm us or can fraud with us even the false and so called leaders.

  • Abdullah

    @nomi..make the image of your PC or lets say of your OS on DVD..it would probably take 2-3 DVDs for backup…do make it asap coz HP is not going to give you the backup of yur vista DVD

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  • abdul waheed

    i hve to sale a dell latitude d620 laptop, demand is 31000, anyone interested plz contact, 03315355250
    laptop is in very good position,battery backup is 1:25 hour.

  • guys check out this website for new and old laptops in Pakistan.
    but first i tell you that i am not a promoter of this site. i find this site very help full to buy all computer related things. it has up to date price of all the laptops used and second hand. it also deals with new and second hand computers. price may vary around 3 to 4 thousands up or down at most.
    http://www.galaxy.pk
    and another website is http://www.mega.pk, it only deals with lapotps
    visit these sites to have a good look at the market.
    and i have many friends who have bought second hand laptops and they have not very big issues……well after all said there is alwyas still a risk in buying second hand lapotps or pcs even.

  • Humair Akhter

    Another One in the wild is http://www.ibrains.pk – These people take good care of their customers. I’ve been with them for past 5 years. Humair

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  • Sultan Sheikh

    Has anyone heard about ibrains.pk http://www.ibrains.pk there prices are really very cheap (compared to galaxy, beliscity and shophive . the site is also very sophisticated i also went to see their office it is at bahadurabad. They claim to be in the market from past 15 years but gone online only a few months back. Has anyone ordered from ibrains? i need some reviews from their existing customers… regards

    • Ghulam e nabi

      Yes they are genuine.buy from ibrains.pk they r since 1997 no issues.

  • Waheed Mughal

    Shukrya! Yeh buhat useful article hai

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  • Rahim

    This all info was wonderful, thanks for sharing, especially the buying one.

  • Crazy_dud

    Nice advice for buying laptops very good sharing i know about 1 more website how deals in laptops wwww.homeshopping.pk largest selling brand in pakistan and leading online shopping shore. He delivered online shopping services at your own door step in just 24 hrs go for it.

  • Cute Mohsin

    For 4th generation and advanced laptops i’ll suggest my all frndz this site

    http://cabnet.pk/

    check it out if you need better