Primarily, it is important to realize the purpose of the laptop. If you realistically consider how you will use this machine, you may save yourself a sizeable chunk of change. If you are a student or need a travel laptop, you will have very different needs than a graphic designer working at a desk.
And if you desire a computer for browsing the internet, emailing and connecting with friends, you will need something far different than what a marketing executive needs to operate many programs and view spreadsheets and large files. You will likely have to find the right balance between portability and productivity. One benefit comes at a trade off. A smaller machine is lighter but more difficult or uncomfortable to use.
Things to consider when buying a laptop
The CPU or the processor that is being used with the laptop controls the speed of a computer. The widest-brand for processors is Intel. Within Intel, there are some varieties, generations, and models. For best performance, it is wise to go with the core duo or core two duo option. On the lower end, you have Intel’s Pentium Mobile (PM) Celeron and Atom processors. These will slow download times significantly. For a high-speed and high-capacity processor with a small price tag.
The hard drive is what determines how much data can be stored on your computer. There are two types of hard drives you will find: the HDD (hard disk drive) and the SSD (solid state drive). An HDD offers more storage capacity and a lower price. SSD are faster and lighter, but max out around 128 GB. Upgrades or replacement laptop hard drives are easy to install as well.
There is now much room for personal preference when it comes to screen sizes. High-resolution screens can be found for a wide range of budgets and in nearly all screen sizes. If you will be analyzing spreadsheets or watching movies, one popular option is a wider screen. The actual size you choose should be based on personal preference. Again, you will likely have to sacrifice some portability for productivity or vice versa.
System Memory (RAM) System laptop memory, or RAM, is what determines how many applications you can have running smoothly on your computer simultaneously. Most laptops have 2 GB but can have 3 or morel. If you are considering buying a laptop with more than 3 GB, you will want to be sure your operating system can handle the amount. A 32-bit computer will not function properly with more than 3 GB, but a 64-bit should be able to.
Battery life is an important attribute if you and your laptop will be on the move. An average core duo processor has about three hours of battery life. A general rule of thumb is the bigger the laptop, the shorter the battery life. You can think of it as the larger the house, the more energy required to maintain it. Remember when looking at the advertised battery life to determine if the time is based on normal use or extended life use as lower settings allow longer battery life.
When you consider all the different options, you may decide to take the excellent options for great performance and capability. If budgetary constraints are interfering with getting exactly what you want, one great option is to buy a refurbished laptop from a trusted retailer like Belmont Technology. We have a wide selection, so you find exactly what you’re looking for at a great price!