Guest post: Four tips on choosing a laptop

Here are four tips to bear in mind when choosing a laptop: price, power, performance and portability.

Price

It is worth calculating a maximum budget and then sticking to it. Once the budget has been determined, then the other three factors should be considered before going shopping. It makes sense to do some online research to compare prices because it is often possible to get the same laptop cheaper at a different store. The more popular laptop manufacturers seem to be Samsun and HP laptops although these do tend to be more expensive as well. Lenovo laptops are a popular choice for those looking at an entry level laptop For instance, many online stores can sell computers cheaply because they don’t have to maintain expensive physical stores. This often means that the saving is passed to the customer. The majority of online stores offer the same sort of guarantee and customer service as their physical counterparts so this can be a good route to saving money.

Power

Try to work out how the laptop will mainly be used as this will help to determine how much battery power is necessary. If the laptop is primarily going to be used on the move, then long battery life will be essential. There are laptops on the market that can provide as much as fourteen hours of portable use, but these tend to be quite expensive. Most people will be able to get by with a mid-range model that provides six or seven hours. On the other hand, if the laptop is mainly going to be used inside the home or the office, then there is less need to pay a premium for a laptop with superior battery life. Nowadays, most laptops will provide two or three hours of computer use while running on battery.

Performance

The laptop’s performance will determine how fast various programmes and applications will operate and it will also affect how many programmes can be open at any one time. For most general everyday use, it is important to look at the quality and speed of the processor and the amount of RAM that comes with the laptop. Try to buy the best processor that is available within budget and avoid any processor with a speed of under 2GHz. Since most people tend to multitask on their laptops, it makes sense to go for the model with the most RAM. Any laptop with 4GB or more of RAM will be plenty to allow users to surf the Internet, check mail and stream music or movies. It is important to get the right processor and RAM at the outset because it is quite difficult to upgrade laptops at a later date.

Portability

Because laptops basically compress the computing capability of a desktop PC tower and monitor into a fairly sleek package, there will be an inevitable trade off between price, power, performance and portability. If the laptop is going to be used as a desktop replacement, then portability is less of an issue. However, anyone who plans to take their laptop out and about with them will need to give some serious thought to this area. Some laptops weigh in at four kilograms which is almost nine pounds. Once the battery pack, charger and laptop case have been added on, that is a lot of weight to carry about. Try to look for something that weighs two kilos or less. It may cost more, but it will save a lot of effort and backache.

  • http://twitter.com/aabie30 aabie30

    I totally agree with your post, the first thing to set in your mind is know, your budget, in additional to this one you should know what type of user you are, the right specs, and with that you can enjoy your new laptop

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