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Tips On How To Buy A Laptop
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Advice for How to Buy a Laptop
A laptop, though not as expensive as a car or a house, is a vital purchase and something that many people use every day. Laptops offer an advantage in portability that desktops simply cannot match. While you may not plan on taking your computer everywhere you go, the benefits of a laptop become obvious when you need some quiet time and still want to work on that report that is due tomorrow. This guide offers advice on how to get the laptop that is right for you, at the right price.
How To Find The RIGHT Laptop For YOU
Meeting Your Needs
The first step is to determine how much you are willing to spend. While all of us would love to buy the sleekest new machine with the fastest chip, loaded to the gills with RAM, the reality is that there is frequently a large gap between what we need, and what we want. If you use your laptop primarily for word processing, email, and Internet browsing, you will not need a state of the art machine.
In order to find the right laptop you must first decide what tasks or applications you want to do on your chosen laptop. What specific things do you want to do with your laptop?
Then it is only a matter of matching up all the features or elements you must have in your new laptop to accomplish all those tasks. You simply need a laptop that can do all the jobs you want to throw at it. Sounds too easy, doesn't it?
Actually, buying the right laptop to meet all your needs is not a difficult task. First, just make a list of all the things you want to do with your laptop:
Second, you have to closely examine what features you need in order to easily accomplish all the things or tasks on your list above.
Make a list of key features that you will consider when making your purchase. Is performance your number one concern? How about screen size? Do you plan to be on the go a lot? Then choosing a lighter laptop makes a lot of sense. After you have a list, prioritize it, and come up with a price range for what you are willing to spend, you are ready to begin your search.
Perhaps, one of the most important features that you have to consider is SIZE. What size laptop do you need? Again, this will largely depend on what you want your new laptop for? A 14 inch laptop may be perfect for traveling but it is not ideal for video gaming or multi-media applications.
Size is basically determined by screen or display size. Weight does play a part but we will concentrate on display sizes to keep this buying guide simple. Display sizes range anywhere from around 8 inches up to about 20 inches or even higher.
Keep in mind, we measure screen display size diagonally, from corner to corner, and not by width. Some laptops also have a wide-screen format which is good for viewing DVDs and movies. Again, using your common sense, we will know a 17 inch laptop is not really suitable for traveling, whereas a 13 to 15 inch laptop will probably be a good
mobile laptop. However, weight and battery life are two other features or factors which will determine if your chosen laptop is ideal for traveling.
Next you must closely examine the computer components of your laptop:
Probably the most common processors are made by Intel but going with an AMD processor can be a cheaper route.
Try to have at least 2 Gigs of RAM if you're running Windows Vista (Operating System), you really only need 1 Gig but many computer users have found if you have 2 Gigs of RAM Vista will run smoother.
There are also Solid State Drive which are considered more durable since they have no moving parts but they are more expensive.
When buying your laptop you should check the speed of your Hard Drive, a 7200 RPM Drive will be faster than a 5400 RPM one. Also remember, changing a Hard Drive in a laptop is somewhat difficult so upgrading will probably be ruled out.
If video gaming is important to you, then you must check to see how much dedicated video memory your laptop contains. Shared memory
is OK for minor tasks but high demanding tasks will probably need lots of dedicated video memory.
Students, traveling salespersons, or anyone on vacation who want their laptop to keep on performing should invest in a second battery for their laptop.
Perhaps, one of the biggest mistakes most people make when buying a laptop - they buy features that they will never need or use.
Why buy a 300 Gig Hard Drive if you only need a 60 to 80 one? Why buy 5 or 6 Gigs of RAM when a couple of Gigs will get the job done? Why buy an expensive gaming Graphics Card when you will only use your laptop for browsing the web or for sending emails. Spend your money wisely by buying only the laptop features you truly need.
After you have considered all the things you want your laptop to do and after you have closely examined all the features you need in order to get those tasks done -------> then and only then will you be more prepared to choose or buy the RIGHT laptop for YOU.
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