That’s the time of year again. Summer is coming to an end and this means that the weather is very cold, it is changing color and schools are all about opening their doors. One thing many parents (and students) fear is that schools are starting to demand that their students have laptops to use in their classrooms. But don’t be afraid, because I have included a guide that will make buying the right laptop a lot easier for you. And if you don’t go to school this fall, this guide should still help you in your search for a business or personal laptop or someone who needs it this holiday season.
Why buy a new Laptop?
Maybe you’re one of the parents who want to get their child’s laptop to take to school this year, or maybe you’re looking for a program that will give you a new edge in the office. The reason you buy your laptop will determine what you need in the new system. If your laptop is going to use Computer Animated Design software, for example, you will want a more powerful processor than just using Word Processing or Internet-based research. Are you a hardcore player? Do you like to edit photos or create videos? Are you an artist who wants to get the best exposure? It is a good idea to write down all the situations you can see using the laptop before reading the next section of the guide, to make sure you get everything you need in the system.
Laptops come in all shapes and sizes.
Size is important.
This is a factor that many people overlook which laptop is best, but the size and physical features of a laptop computer are obviously some of the most important. Where the processor, ram value, and hard drive can be upgraded and changed where necessary, features such as laptop size, placement of its various input/output ports, and the weight of all the items you will be attached to after purchase. Some questions to ask yourself are:
How big a screen will I need?
Will I handle this laptop with a lot of rotation?
How many peripherals will be attached to the laptop?
Will I miss having NUMPAD on my keyboard?
The screen size will directly affect the size of the laptop, so this question is important. If you buy this laptop to edit photos, create videos, play games or watch movies and television you may want a larger screen. Keep in mind that large screen laptops survive, and so if you are going to cross a large compass every day you will need to look into that. The amount of items you will attach to the laptop also helps to reduce what you will use.
The most important consideration is the number of USB ports you will have, as many accessories and devices connect to a laptop using these ports. Wireless printers, tablets, wireless or wireless mouse and USB storage drives are all examples of USB devices. If you intend to connect your laptop to the monitor at any time you will want to process the output connection on the laptop. Lastly, one of the negatives of the laptop is the presence or absence of NUMPAD on the keyboard. NUMPAD is part of the 16 buttons next to your phone-like arrow keys. However, it is possible to buy an external NUMPAD with USB for the laptop, if you usually have it, it is better to attach it to the laptop itself.
What makes a good laptop?
Now that you have an idea of what you want your laptop to look like on the outside, it is time to look at what you would like to see inside. If you buy this laptop to use programs like Microsoft Office, Internet browser, and iTunes then you do not need much power from your system. The laptops on the market for sale these days are installed on Windows 7 as an app, and unlike its Vista counterparts a few years ago it will be built to manage the app better.
That being said, your system setup bench will be 4GB of RAM; preferably DDR3, a core processor (avoid the Intel Celeron series for example), and then the hard drive is based on how much you plan to store on your computer. Standard hard drives from 250 – 500GB are widely available on mid-range laptops, and that should be more than enough storage space.
If your system is using very powerful programs, such as Graphic Design software, music editing software, or anything else that will create a heavy load on your system you will want to check your Processor. A processor that prides itself on powerful performance improvements, such as the Multithreading feature provided in the Intel processor series is a good choice for this. The cores of i3-i7 processors are designed to split tasks into strands within each processing component, allowing your system to think it has a lot of characters to work with, the end result being that it can force more power out of your system.
Another practical thing to look at is the size of your L2 and L3 cache. The larger the storage, the more your system can do without limiting access to the most remote memory resources, and that means faster response times to whatever you need to access.
If you are buying this program specifically for gaming, or High Definition multimedia, or 3D modeling, you will want to think about the Card Card your program will come with. For the most part, 1GB of video memory on a graphics card should be large enough to handle any of your needs, but it would be wise to check the specific needs of the game or software you are installing and make sure the features you need are included in the card design.