Buying new laptops can be a bit overwhelming, given the number of choices and options that are available to you now a days. A good method for simplifying the buying process is to start with narrowing down some of the key options and choices.
A good place to start is to determine what you will be using the laptop for. This will help clarify your needs in terms of performance, size, weight, storage capacity, battery life and price range.
Question you may want to consider are:
1. How portable to you want your laptop?
laptops come in a wide variety of screen sizes, 10″,12.1″, 13.3″, 14.1″, 15.4″, 16″ and 17″. Ultra lightweight laptops (10-13″) tend to have somewhat lower processing power. Many ultraportables do not include an internal CD/DVD drive. Cost – larger ultraportables generally cost significantly more than a standard laptop. If you are looking for a light portable laptop to carry round with you PC HAPPY recommends the MSI U210, which comes in black or white.
2. Computer Performance and CPUs
The CPU or central processing unit is also known as the “brains” of the computer. A good rule of thumb is to buy at least a dual-core CPU which provides improved performance when multi-tasking and running multiple application programs. Some CPUs offer three or four processing cores which can provide additional performance benefits when running demanding applications. There are also still some laptops in the retail channel with older Intel Core D and Celeron CPUs. laptops with these CPUs provide lower performance levels that many people find undesirable. If you are looking for a general all rounder laptop for everyday use PC HAPPY recommends the ASUS N61.
3. System Memory or RAM
Most new laptops include at least 2GB of system memory (RAM) or more. It is recommended that a new laptop have at least 3GB and preferable 4GB or more of RAM. The more installed RAM your laptop has, the more applications you can run at once, and the better your computer will perform.
4. Operating System
All new laptops sold today ship with Microsoft Windows 7. Most of these computers have Windows 7 Home Premium, or Windows 7 Professional Windows 7 Professional provides management and networking benefits in an enterprise environment. Some will have the 32-bit version and some will have the 64-bit version. The 64-bit version will allow the computer to process data in larger chunks, and allow the system to have more than 4GB of RAM, but can have some software and hardware limitations. 5. Battery Life
Average battery life with current laptops is roughly 3.5 – 4.5 hours. You can however get laptops with an extended battery life which range from 6+ hours. If you are looking for a laptop with an extended battery life PC HAPPY recommends the Asus PL80JT with a 10 hour battery life.
6. Hard Drive
Laptops will come with drives that range from 160GB to 500GB or more. A minimum storage capacity of 250GB or 320GB is recommended as this will provide adequate performance and room for your data to grow without running out of storage space. 7. Graphics and Video Display
On Laptops, graphics and video are displayed in one of two ways: through what is known as an integrated graphics controller that is part of the standard computer chipset Through a dedicated video chipset. Integrated graphics lack their own dedicated memory but are often adequate for most common computing tasks including basic video playback. Dedicated video chipsets are like having a second processor with its own dedicated memory. Dedicated video chipsets re essential for playing most computer games and frequently can speed up the display of web pages and videos and even other nongraphical tasks. Dedicated video can boost the overall performance of a computer; however they can also use a bit more battery power. If you are looking for a powerful high end laptop to either play games, video editing or just want a fast machine PC HAPPY recommends the ASUS G51, or the 3d model ASUS G51 3D.
9. Ports and Connectors
Most Laptops have at least two or three USB 2.0 ports; many offer four, and some offer up to six. These are useful for connecting printers, mouse, backup drive, smartphone, iPod, scanner and other peripherals devices. Some new Laptops may also now have USB 3 ports which allow up to 10 times the speed of USB 2 devices. Some Laptops now offer an HDMI output. This stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface and can be connected directly to some newer monitors and televisions. Another connector that is included with some laptops is the eSATA port. SATA is a hard disk drive interface (connection type) that is normally used as an internal connection within a computer to a hard disk drive. An eSATA port allows a high speed connection to an external hard disk drive that has an eSATA connector. Some Laptops also include a multiformat flash card reader. This allows the computer to read flash cards such as Secure Digital (SD), MultiMediaCard, Compact Flash, Memory Stick and xD formats. 11. Brands and Models
Laptop models evolve rapidly so making any distinctions on specific models would amke this article outdated in a month or two. ASUS, HP, Toshiba, Lenovo, and MSI are well known large laptop manufacturers.
Other Laptop Accessories to Consider
In addition to the standard components of a laptop computer there are several other items to consider with your purchase. These include:
Internet security software such as AVG. Portable wireless mouse. Data Backup solution – Do yourself a favor and purchase a backup device if you don’t already have one. Microsoft Office Pro, Office Home and Business or Office Home and Student. Extended warranty, preferably with on-site coverage. If you have any questions feel free to contact us on 0402 350 888 or email us or visit our website