You are already set to buy Jumia laptops. That’s good enough. We all use laptops at the office and home. Laptops are one of the must have gadgets beside phones that every student in universities must have.
Laptops have become a necessity. I therefore understand why you looking for one. Besides, If it were not for the laptop I own, you would probably not be reading this blog post.
Unlike desktops, laptops are potable thus, you can work outdoors as you travel or even on the balcony as you see the sun set.
Luckily for you, I bought the laptop am using on Jumia. You can therefore benefit from my experience.
I do a lot of shopping on Jumia and I must say that I have a lot of experience doing just that. I want to share with you some of my experiences if you are looking to buy one of those Jumia laptops.
However before I delve deeper into this, it worth noting that Jumia Kenya and Safaricom are trusted sellers of laptops in Kenya.
So if you looking to buy a laptop, you can choose one of these retailers. Personally, I prefer buying from Jumia because I can pay cash on delivery.
What we tend to look for when buying a laptop
Before we look at what you need to know before buying a laptop, it is important for us to explore what you should be looking for before buying. These are the basic considerations that you must pay attention to before hitting the buy button.
You should not wake up one morning and rush to buy a laptop. Buying one is a serious venture that you need to take time and do a lot of research.
Do not make hasty decisions. You may come to regret them later.
Let us have a look.
Laptops come is different screen sizes. We have 11.6’’ all the way to 17.1’’. Off course, there are other sizes in between such as 13.3 inches and 15.6 inches.
Other screen sizes that are not very common arethe 12.6’’ and 14’’. As you can see, there are many sizes to choose from depending on your taste.
One thing to note is that the large the screen, the heavier the laptop will be. You if you are looking for a portable laptop, a smaller screen may be ideal.
Personally, I prefer the 15.6’’ laptop screen size. It is not too big and not so small. Besides, it is the most common screen size.
The Central Processing Unit one of the key specifications of a laptop you want to look at. Think of Core i3, Core i5, Core i7. Most laptops come with the Core i5, however if you looking for performance, go for the Core i7 if your bank account allows.
If you really do not understand what this is all about, you can read this article here.
Random Access Memory or commonly called the RAM, is a feature you should be very interested in. Gone are days when you would want a computer to process information at a snails speed.
Mark you, we leave in the fast lane.
Most laptops come with 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 8GB or 16GB of RAM.
Honestly speaking, do not go for 1GB or 2GB, unless you are buying your kids some kind of a toy. Go for at least 4GB of RAM. The large the RAM the better.
Tip: You can easily upgrade the RAM of your laptop. Therefore, you can begin at 4GB and later upgrade the RAM to what you prefer.
You do not have to over think about this. Most laptops if of good quality come packed with 512GB of ROM. However, some come with 128GB or 256GB. I have seen some that come with 1TB of ROM. Am yet to see one that has 2TB ROM on Jumia.
But as the rule goes, the larger, the better, however this will come at a cost.
5. Screen Quality
Screen resolution is a spec we consider even in smartphones. You do not want to look at a boring screen for hours.
The good news is that most laptops come with a comfortable screen resolution.
A 1920 × 1080 pixel resolution full HD should serve you well.
6. Battery life
One thing that makes laptops popular is the fact that you work outdoors unlike conventional computers that are connected to the mains supply indoors.
If you want to enjoy your outdoors more, go for something that will give more battery juice.
You do not want a laptop that will die on your laps a few minutes after unplugging from the mains.
Good battery life is important.
7. USB 3.0
Most laptops come with USB 3.0 ports. Anything less than this is a no no. You want room to connect a mouse (especially is you are a poor user of the touch pad as I am), flash disks or even an external hard drive.
All of us love top brands and will go for them any day. HP, Toshiba, Acer, Lenovo, Asus, Apple are some of the brands you will have to make a decision on.
When I was buying my laptop, this where I began. I was looking for a top brand. All other factors came later.
9. Build Standard
Laptops come in different shapes and build. No matter what you do, you or other people will mishandle the laptop at one point.
Will it be able to withstand the falls, knocks and drops?
How liquid resistance is it? How easy is it to clean?
One of the abuse I do to my laptop is spilling a lot of coffee on the key board. I really do take lots of coffee when writing blog posts. Luckily, it has so far been able to withstand this.
These small things are often ignored but are extremely important.
Every one of us buy laptops for different purposes. In my case, I do a lot of typing. That means my laptop Keyboard ought to be comfortable.
If you are going to do a lot of typing, then, your key board should be very comfortable.
To most of us, this what determines the kind of laptop we are going to buy. You can only buy a laptop with the best specifications we have discussed above if your bank account will allows.
Unfortunately, if you do not much to spend, your choices maybe limited.
Now that we have seen what you may need to consider when buying a laptop, let us now look at what you need to know when buying Jumia laptops.
5 things nobody told you about buying Jumia Laptops
1.Most do not come with Operating System.
Most of the laptops sold on Jumia do not come with the operating system installed. This is very fine with me because it means that I have to install the Operating system if my choice.
However, if you do not know about computers, this may come as an extra cost. For you will have to buy an operating system and install it yourself or pay someone to do it for you.
Moreover, some of the software do not come free. If you are buying a Jumia laptop that does not have an operating system, then you need set aside some money. This will cover the cost of the Operating System, software and installation.
TIP: If you are buying a laptop without an Operating System, then have your Operating System ready. Once you receive your order, you can install the operating system and required software quickly. This will help you detected any problems with your machine fast.
If it does not work as expected, you can return the laptop for replacement or refund. Be quick to read Jumia’s return and refund policy before committing yourself.
2.Some are refurbished.
I do not mean to say that refurbished laptops are not good. However when shopping for Jumia laptops, ensure that you read the vendors information carefully.
If you looking for a refurbished laptop well and good. However, if you are buying a new machine, be sure to do some research and go through the vendor’s information.
If the price is way below the expected retail price, then this could be a refurbished laptop.
3. Jumia laptops are cheaper.
A friend of mine really wanted a laptop fast. So we looked at some laptops on Jumia and after two days, we zeroed on one.
Because my friend was impatient to place his hand on one, we therefore decided to buy it in town (read Nairobi) for on Jumia it would take at least 3 days to deliver.
We moved from one end of town to another and actually got offers from many shops for the laptop we were looking for.
However, there was a problem. The cheapest we found was Ksh. 5000.00 dearer than what we saw on Jumia.
After 5 hours of fruitless searching, we ordered the laptop on Jumia.
My conclusion, Jumia laptops are cheaper.
4. You have a huge a variety of laptops to choose from.
Unlike traditional shops that often stock only one brand of laptops, on Jumia you a huge pool of laptops to choose from.
Jumia platform is a good place to compare brands, specifications and price.
Moreover, you will find top brands such as, HP, Toshiba, Acer, Lenovo, Asus, Apple and Dell.
5. Your warrant is genuine
You and me know too well that if you buy electronics on Accra Road or River Road, that the warrant you are given is either nonexistence or fake. Laptops too are no exception.
Try going back with a defective electronic to those shops and the owners or attendants will swear that they have never set their eyes on you.
Luckily, Jumia Laptops are different. Should a defective laptop be shipped you, there are at least three ways to solve the problem.
- Jumia has a 7-day return policy in which to return a defective laptop. Either the laptop is replaced or money refunded.
- Jumia allows only vetted vendors to sell on its platform. This protects you from being exploited. In addition, always buy Jumia laptops from vendors with the highest seller rating.
- Jumia often has its own 3 months warranty on most electronics. You should be able to use this in addition to the manufactures warrant.
Traditional ways of shopping are being shunned by many. Statistics show that most Kenyan are embracing online shopping.
However online shopping comes with its own challenges. You do not have an opportunity to look at the electronic you are buying before committing yourself. You have the first opportunity to look at it once it is shipped to you.
I do understand this fully, and as a person who often shop on line, I have compiled this guide for you.
This guide will give insights especially if you want to buy laptops on Jumia.
Should you need expert’s advice, or have difficulty making a decision, be free to contact us.