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Wednesday, 24 August 2011

How to buy a laptop - The Simple Laptop Buying Guide (For General Users)

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In this fast paced age of technology, buying a laptop is a basic predicament that many of us face. With all the variety available nowadays, a trip to the laptop store is sure to leave you dizzy. Below we provide some simple steps on how to buy a laptop (laptop buying guide), that is tailored to your specific daily needs. Hope you will enjoy and find good value for your money.

Processor 
The processor is what gives life to the laptop (except for the electricity of course) and makes it useful. So make sure you select it wisely. You don't need the fastest and most advanced (a.k.a very expensive) processor to support the simple daily tasks like - word processing, internet browsing, simple gaming,etc.

The minimum that we recommend - Intel Core 2 Duo

It is one of the most widely used processors and is powerful enough to easily handle your daily activities. So you don't really need the latest processor available at the time you are buying your laptop. Sometimes old is still gold.

System Memory  
Most users open and use 2-3 tasks simultaneously on the computer. The ability of the laptop to multi-task effectively depends on it's available RAM.

The minimum that we recommend - 2GB RAM

Unlike games and specialized softwares, most normal tasks don't really need too much resources simultaneously. So a 2GB RAM would be sufficient for general users.

Hard Disk 
A hard-disk with greater capacity would definitely be better in the long run to help you store more files.But, it will also make the laptop more expensive and make you store more junk.

The minimum that we recommend - 160 GB

A 140GB would also be satisfactory, but the extra 20gb gives some space to reduce the clutter of files along with giving you an extra boost of speed without having to pay too much for it.




Screen 
A screen is the face of your laptop, so it would help to make it viewable and pretty. For pleasant movie viewing experiences and social networking, a15 inch screen would be most appropriate.

The minimum that we recommend - 15 inch LCD 


Anything less would seem too small, and anything more would start costing heavy.



Battery
Since the main reason you want to buy a laptop is to allow portability, you need to have a good battery that will stay alive long enough.


The minimum that we recommend - Lithium ion with maximum no.of cells (9 or more)


It won't keep you going for 10hrs or anything (that happens only in advertisements), but will help you to get around 3hrs of effective work from your laptop. 

Operating System
The operating system decides the capability of your laptop. Thus, it helps to have a widely accepted and broadly used platform.

The minimum that we recommend - Windows XP

It really helps to have a user-friendly and widely supported platform like XP, when your aim is to use your laptop for various general uses and not specialized tasks.

USB Ports
Almost every gadget/accessory is linked to the laptop through a USB connection. Hence when you decide to buy a laptop it is necessary to plan ahead and be prepared.

The minimum that we recommend - 4 ports

You will be faced with file transfer scenarios often, so having enough ports would be a good option.

Extras
Warranty, carry cases, software package, security suites,etc. are features which can help you get more value for your money.

The minimum that we recommend - 2yrs warranty, Leather carry-case,Office and Antivirus Suite pre-installed.

It will ensure that you are getting an original set of software and can help prevent some unwanted crashes of the system in the future.
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