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Should I replace laptop, resale value. ?

Bought 10/2012

Dell precision m4700

(upgraded) windows 10

i7 3740


16 GB RAM 1866mhz

(2) 256gb SSD

Still have anything & everything related to purchase (box, manuals, cords... Minimal cosmetic damage. stored in Pelican case for laptop & another for materials) 


Only problem with it is battery health/life (discontinued, new-old stock batteries start at 80% max HEALTH. Doesn't last < 90 minutes use = using as desktop TIRED of buying batteries) 

Spec wise it still outperforms today's LAPTOPs & PCs.

Never replaced any parts. Diagnostic TESTS of HARDWARE & SOFTWARE all within normal GOOD HEALTH.

Used ase everyday laptop,  bought because of MIL-SPEC body (can be abused, and still work) and performance (specs still not outdated, past my 5-7 year expectations) 

2020 version @ same price = 10x performance. (crazy high end specs. Options of: xeon processor, 128 GB RAM...) 


Want Dell Precision 

7540 i7 (mainly because I WANT number pad) 

5540 i9 (better specs for same price, less number pad) 

2 Answers

  • 2 months ago

    I would say between $50-75.

    1-it is 8 years old.

    2-by your own admission, the battery is on its last legs, and the model is discontinued.

    I checked, and I can get one with a good battery and a 6-month warranty for about $60 from my computer guy.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    You can get about $100 at most for the old one. It has 16GB of RAM, which increases its value somewhat.

    • Dick
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      Totally agree with YKhan.  Old laptops are a dime a dozen out there.  Take what you can get and move on.  Holding out for more will only result in your not selling it!  It's an old dog that's probably living on borrowed time.  Good luck.

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