Don’t buy Apple MacBook without checking these 21 things


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Debashis Sarkar |
Dec 4, 2018, 10.14 AM IST

Don’t buy Apple MacBook without checking these 21 things

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Don’t buy Apple MacBook without checking these 21 things

With lucrative discounts on e-commerce websites, buyers in India are automatically attracted to buying Apple MacBooks online. Whether opting for a brand new MacBook or any refurbished model, it is imperative that you check the condition of the device that you are going to buy. This is because you can never be sure whether the MacBook you are buying is truly new or not. Also, if you are buying a second-hand MacBook or a refurbished one, you can never be sure of how old it is and the exact condition of the device that you are buying. This guide aims help you verify the authenticity of the MacBook that you are going to buy and the exact condition of the device if you buying an used one. Here are 21 things to know and check when you buy a MacBook, MacBook Pro or Air online or a refurbished one.

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First things first, note down the serial number of the MacBook model

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First things first, note down the serial number of the MacBook model

The serial number of any MacBook can be found simply by going to the ‘About This Mac’ option by clicking on the Apple icon on the top left-side of the desktop.

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To check whether the MacBook is original or not, visit Apple’s 'Check Coverage' website

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To check whether the MacBook is original or not, visit Apple’s ‘Check Coverage’ website

Apple has a dedicated website to check the authenticity of its products. Visit the official https://checkcoverage.apple.com page. Enter the serial number and check the validity of the purchase date along with other details.

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If the MacBook doesn’t switch-on, then look for the serial number in the box and verify it on these website

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If the MacBook doesn’t switch-on, then look for the serial number in the box and verify it on these website

If for whatever reasons, your MacBook doesn’t start then simply take note of the serial number on the box. Every the serial number partner is different for MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. To validate the same, visit https://support.apple.com/en-in/HT201608 for MacBook, or visit https://support.apple.com/en-jo/HT201300 for the MacBook Pro. To validate the model of a MacBook Air then visit https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT201862.

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Always ensure, the serial number on the box and the one shown on screen are same

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Always ensure, the serial number on the box and the one shown on screen are same

Check whether the serial numbers on the box and under “About this Mac” option is same or not

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To know whether the second-hand or refurbished MacBook is stolen or not, always ask for the serial number first

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To know whether the second-hand or refurbished MacBook is stolen or not, always ask for the serial number first

Before you start negotiating on the price of an old MacBook ask for the serial number first. If the seller doesn’t provide the serial number, cancel the deal right away. Note that buying a stolen MacBook can land you in serious trouble.

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Don’t buy any locked Macbook even if the seller tells you that he/she will unlock it after full payment

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Don’t buy any locked Macbook even if the seller tells you that he/she will unlock it after full payment

If you are buying an old MacBook from someone, ensure that it’s unlocked and fresh from the start. Never buy any locked device as it could be a stolen one and the owner might have remotely locked it.

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To check the actual age of the MacBook model along with the warranty details visit this website.

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To check the actual age of the MacBook model along with the warranty details visit this website.

Visit https://checkcoverage.apple.com page, enter the serial number of the MacBook model and know the registered details of the product.

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If you are buying a second-hand Macbook, check for visible physical damages

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If you are buying a second-hand Macbook, check for visible physical damages

It goes without saying that you should check the physical condition of the old MacBook that you are going to buy.

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To know the actual age of the old MacBook model that you are buying do this

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To know the actual age of the old MacBook model that you are buying do this

Visit https://support.apple.com/en-in/HT201608 for MacBook, or visit https://support.apple.com/en-jo/HT201300 for the MacBook Pro. To validate the model of a MacBook Air then visit https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT201862. Check the respective model number to know the actual age.

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If you are buying an Old MacBook, simply start it to ensure that there are no firmware passwords

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If you are buying an Old MacBook, simply start it to ensure that there are no firmware passwords

Ensure that MacBook boots up to the desktop first. Then restart it. When the Mac OS is booting (when you hear the startup chime music) hold Alt/Option key. If you are told to insert password then there is a firmware password and you should tell the owner to remove it.

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Check the condition of the battery of the old MacBook model

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Check the condition of the battery of the old MacBook model

Simply open system information (if you don’t know how then simply search for the term ‘system information’ by clicking on the magnifying glass search button on the top right side). On the left, browse down to power and click on it. Note the battery serial number and capacity to check the authenticity of the battery. To know the life of battery, note the ‘Cycle Count’ under ‘Health information’ of the battery.

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Every MacBook model has a maximum battery cycle count, compare it with the official website to know the exact battery life

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Every MacBook model has a maximum battery cycle count, compare it with the official website to know the exact battery life

Compare the ‘Cycle Count’ of the old MacBook battery with the maximum cycle count of the any MacBook model by visiting this website https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201585

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If you are buying an old MacBook, check the optical drive

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If you are buying an old MacBook, check the optical drive

Insert a DVD to check whether the optical drive is working or not. In new MacBook models there is no optical drive.

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Open Disk Utility to check the health of the hard drive

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Open Disk Utility to check the health of the hard drive

Just search “Disk Utility” app on your MacBook and run a first aid scan to know the condition of the hard drive. Also, this is where you get to see the exact storage of the MacBook.

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Run Apple Hardware Test (AHT) by visiting this website

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Run Apple Hardware Test (AHT) by visiting this website

To know the exact condition of the MacBook hardware, visit this website https://support.apple.com/en-in/HT202731 if the MacBook model is prior June 2013, then visit this website for Apple Hardware Test (AHT) https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201257

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Check the condition of the MacBook charger of old models

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Check the condition of the MacBook charger of old models

The charging cable of any MacBook is quite sensitive to wear and tear. Check whether the cable is original or not and whether it charges properly or not.

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Check webcam of the old MacBook

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Check webcam of the old MacBook

Before you buy any old MacBook, check whether the camera is working properly or not.

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Check whether all connectivity ports are working or not by using them

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Check whether all connectivity ports are working or not by using them

Physical abuse of ports are pretty common in old MacBook models. Check them before you buy or negotiate the price.

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Check the trackpad condition by varying tracking speed

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Check the trackpad condition by varying tracking speed

Go to System Preferences and click on Trackpad. Check the response of the trackpad by varying the tracking speed.

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Check the performance of the keyboard and whether all keys are fine or not

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Check the performance of the keyboard and whether all keys are fine or not

Simply open the Text Edit app and start typing each keys to know whether they are working or not.

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Check the display of the MacBook with this simple test

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Check the display of the MacBook with this simple test

After checking for any visible damages, download four images of four colours– Red, Blue, Yellow and Green. Open these images individually on full screen and check for any dead pixels.

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