It worth spending time before buying a laptop, it can be both frustrating and expensive. In the previous post, we have read more about general considerations in purchase a laptop. You should carefully studying specifications on the brand laptop official website, reading countless reviews about the laptop you will buy and examining every online shop you can find for the best price. In general, there are 7 things to look for when buying a laptop.
Size of your laptop
Laptops come in different shapes and sizes, each with a different user in mind. And according to your needs there is: the net book, the budget laptop, the media laptop, the desktop replacement laptop, the gaming laptop and the ultraportable laptop.
You should have the purpose of buying a laptop in mind, will you be carrying it around from class to class or work place. In this case, you’ll need something smaller. E.g., 12″ or 13″. If you need something even smaller, then go for a netbook. If you are for entertainment purpose, a gaming laptop or the media laptop is the best.
Hard drive (HDD)
Hard drive is the Storage space. You’ll be saving all your documents, pictures, music and videos on it. Hard drives have and always will be an important consideration to think about when purchasing a new portable computer. Like a standard computer, the hard drive will be the destination of all your files and information, and if that drive is to become full, that drive will need to be replaced or another drive will need to be added to the computer. When looking at the space of the hard drive, always get the maximum size hard drive, considering you will eventually always run out of space.
When purchasing a hard disk drive, it is important to understand and verify the hard disk drive is suitable for your uses and has or does not have the options you may or may not need. Unfortunately, with hard disk drive technologies changing every day, it is can be sometimes confusing and frustrating when looking to purchase a hard disk drive.
Random access memory (RAM) is a form of computer data storage. Memory is and has always been an important consideration when looking at purchasing a computer. Determine the amount of memory included in the computer as well as verify if that memory can be upgraded in the future. The more memory the computer has, the more efficient the computer will run.
When you run a program, the necessary files are transferred to the RAM, so that it can be accessed faster. This is because hard drives are much slower than RAM. Once your computer shuts down, everything on your RAM disappears, as opposed to your HDD, where everything stays. The more RAM you have. The recommended requirement for Windows 7 is 2GB of RAM. But, 4GB is better.
Processor or CPU
Processor is the brain of your computer. It is and will always be an important consideration when purchasing a computer. Today, with multiple CPU/Processor manufacturers, it may be more confusing as well as more cost efficient to look at the different processors available.
Generally speaking, the faster the processor speed the better your performance, but once you really start to look into the complex world of CPUs, you’ll realize that determining which CPU is the best for you is a little more complicated than merely counting gigahertz. For one, of the two major PC chip players, AMD and Intel. The latest second-generation Intel Core processors known as i3, i5 and i7, and AMD Series come with graphics included as part of processor, meaning you can watch movies and play games on a modest budget.
How long would the battery last? To be honest, if you do anything demanding (e.g., watch a movie) on your notebook (PC or Mac), it’s going to drain your battery.
Verify when purchasing a portable computer how long the battery lasts. Be cautious, as many manufacturers will indicate a battery usage time but this may be at the lowest possible settings; ensure that the manufacturer clarifies what the standard battery usage life is when using the portable computer in all power modes.
Drives are sometimes overlooked when considering a portable computer but can be an important consideration. Netbooks do not come with a DVD/CD drive. Again, if you plan on using a desktop computer at home, then it’s not necessary to have a DVD drive on your notebook/netbook. But, you can always purchase a USB Optical drive, which is DVD drive that you’ll be able to connect to your netbook/notebook via a USB cable.
What to look for when buying a laptop? Be remembered, always do your research before buying a laptop computer, either by reading reviews or asking owners. You can ask question on forums like NotebookReview, there are experienced guys will help you. Good luck in your quest for the perfect laptop!