Buying laptops in Nigeria
Nigeria has a lot of computer literate people even though the number is still small compared to the number of non computer literates. However, the market for computers still remains in Africa's most populated nation and laptops are more in vogue.
Why do Nigerians love laptops?
Laptops are smaller portable computers and unlike desktops, it makes it easy to use computers as they can easily be moved from place to place, work on batteries and just suitable for the average student. The majority of laptops users in Nigeria tend to be secondary school and university students who use it for a lot of things such as doing assignments, browsing the web and for entertainment.
How much do laptops really cost in Nigeria?
Laptops come at various rates and for different brands. However when it comes to laptops which are more commonly used, price ranges from about $100(N15,000) to $300(N50,000) and these could be for used, refurbished or just averagely priced laptops. However for the more business minded youths and computer geeks, laptops cost them from $400(N64,000) to $1000(N160,000). In cities like Lagos and Abuja, laptops are in abundance and source from countries like the USA, Britain and China. The cheapest laptop brands come from China which tend to be priced at about $150 but they are low performing computers actually.
What brand of laptops do Nigerians use?
When buying a laptop, Nigerians are already used to popular brands like HP, Toshiba, Sony and Apple but there are also growing brands due to their affordability coming into the market. Some of theme can be gotten cheaper as used laptops since the new ones tend to cost more. There are also cheaper brands which come mostly from China include CE laptop and other Android laptops mostly assembled there. Personally I prefer using a Sony or Toshiba laptop. One would have to decide on what brand of laptops to buy while also considering how efficient you expect it to be.
Operating system used for laptops
One of the things to be considered when buying a laptop in Nigeria is also the issue of the OS. The major OS is Windows and we've gone beyond XP to now Windows 7. Most laptops still come with XP except the new ones that come with updated versions. Most laptops also tend to have a fake windows installation on it but in the long term, it runs into a lot of issues that would make it unsuitable for business but good enough for the many students who just use it at school. So most laptop users who are students tend to use fake windows installation unlike businesses who may be forced to just get a reliable Windows installation.
Where Laptops are bought in Nigeria
- Open markets
- Major laptop dealers
- Local Online shopping websites
- International shopping websites: US or China
At the open markets such as computer markets, people buy laptops after testing it and pay cash at collection point. In most cases, these don't come with guarantee and that's why some buyers tend to buy it even at a higher price from major laptop outlets since those come with a warranty. Some other Nigerians prefer shopping for laptops online and make payment with either their naira debit card or dollar debit cards.
Why are laptops preferred to Desktops?
Nigerians tend to prefer laptops to Desktops for a lot of reasons such as the following:
- Portability: Easy to carry from place to place
- Battery backup: It needs less energy since electric energy is scare in Nigeria
- Less space. It doesn't take as much space as Desktops
- Affordability: At times, it's more affordable than setting up a Desktop
What do Nigerians use Laptops for?
A lot of things actually as this is the digital age and many people are still trying to be the next successful tech story. Here are a couple of things Nigerians use laptops for:
- Sending and receiving emails
- Online chatting
- Social networking like Facebooking
- Taking advantage of online money making opportunities
- Doing school assignments
- Doing some office work from home
Things to consider when buying a laptop
- Is it for business, home use or just school?
- What is your budget for it?
- How long do you intend using it per day?
- What is your current location relative to the laptop market?
- How would you identify genuine sellers?
- What kind of laptop deal you prefer?