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Before Buying a Laptop
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Things should be followed before buying a laptop:
Expensive things are not always the best. Amidst the plethora of brands and specification points, doing some good research and planning can easily get you a superb value-for-money laptop.
While buying a laptop with low budget, you should think about the thinks below:
The traditional sub-25cm (sub-10-inch) screen net-books are still pretty hot in the markets. If you travel a lot, look for an ultra light model in the 26cm (10.1-inch) or 29cm (11.6-inch) segment. However, if you want the utmost in terms of mobility, battery life and performance, opt for a screen size between 33cm (13 and 14 inches).
Going beyond, a screen size of 38cm (15 inches) or bigger is good only if you rarely plan to carry your laptop.
Tasks such as encoding HD DVD to your smartphone-friendly format or editing your farewell party’s footage in a video editing tool, demand a high processing power. In this case, a faster processor such as Intel Core i3 or Intel Core 2Duo can save a lot of time.
For designing PowerPoint presentations and Excel spreadsheets and playing older generation games amidst listening to some music, a mid-level processor like a Pentium Dual Core or a Celeron Dual Core will serve the purpose.
On the other hand, Intel’s Atom Processor is suitable only for light tasks like editing documents, working with emails etc.
If you are ditching your powerful desktop for a laptop, only to add mobility to your extreme gaming needs, look for a dedicated graphics processing unit (GPU), a GPU has its own individual memory. For resource intensive tasks like heavily video editing and playing high-end video games, it is advisable to buy a laptop with its own GPU.
A video memory of 512MB and above is what you will find across several GPU-embedded laptops. But alongside delivering crisp and crystal-clear graphics, a GPU can severely impact battery life and burn a hole in your pocket.
The RAM acts as a temporary store house for all the programs that you run on the laptop. It comes in various types like DDR, DDR2, and DDR3, the latter being the fastest and the most expensive. While Windows7 has become the de-facto operating system (os) running in laptops across homes and offices.
It is advisable to check whether its RAM can be upgraded. So that you can upgrade it when needed in later.
Be sure that your hard disk can store enough data for your need.
This is one of the aspects that needs definite attention. With an aim to drive their sales in the market, companies claim their laptops to have six hours, eight hours and even up to ten hours of battery life.
A laptop promising up to eight hours battery life is sure to tilt your buying decision in its favor.
In reality, a laptop delivers only about 75 percent of the battery life claimed by its manufacturer. If you are aiming for a large-screen laptop, Make sure it has up to four hours of battery life.
Besides, there are some more factors which should be followed to buy a laptop. Amongst them, Operating System, Brand, Optical Device etc. are notable.
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