The monitor is a fundamental part of any PC and especially if you have a gaming PC, as the gaming experience largely depends on it. So, it is not the same as wanting a monitor as a primary or secondary part as in the latter case it can give you a little more equal in performance or even status and you might just want to look for something less. expensive, the better. However, there are a few things to consider when using the second hand market so that the purchase does not “turn out to be a frog”.
Buying a used monitor, is it worth it?
When buying a used monitor, the first thing that catches your attention is probably the price. If you see supposedly new monitors that are only 10% cheaper than new ones, beware as they are probably of “suspicious origin” especially if you contact the seller and they tell you they has no invoice (and therefore no guarantee). For this price difference, it’s definitely worth buying it new in the store.
And it is that the guarantee of a used monitor should be a priority, because it is a component that unfortunately tends to cause problems over time. Now, if the second-hand monitor you want to buy is more than two years old, it will not have a warranty, and in this regard, you should pay attention to the fact that the selling price is worth it because it offers a substantial discount compared to its new purchase. A used two-year-old mon itor shouldn’t cost you more than half of what it would cost new.
In general, it may be worth buying a used monitor as long as it has a warranty and the reduction in price is substantial again, but despite this we recommend that you do some checking. to make sure the device has no problems. So if this is your case, keep reading as we are going to give you some general tips on this.
What should you look for in order to be successful when buying?
Sometimes you will find buyers reluctant to answer your questions or respond to your requests, and if so, you should be wary because if for example they refuse to send you a real picture of the monitor it is likely that ‘they have something to hide.
Anyway, we recommend that you make the following requests to the seller:
- Send you an image of the monitor turned on with a completely blank screen; This will help you to see if there are any dead pixels but also if the monitor is showing “burns” (burns).
- Let it send you an image showing the OSD buttons. If there are too many marks or the buttons are misaligned, chances are the monitor is being used a lot more than the seller says (or has been treated badly enough).
- Let me send you a picture of the video inputs. This way you will be able to see if there is one in bad shape and that it actually has the video inputs that it should, as there are sometimes different variations of the same monitor model in which the video inputs change.
With everything and with that, you can’t be completely guaranteed that the monitor is good, but without being able to test it yourself before you buy it, it’s a good way to have relative assurance that it’s in good condition.