7 Guidelines for buying a Laptop
Having a wide variety of laptops to choose from can make purchasing the right laptop a daunting task. With different styles, shapes and shades available there is always that laptop that will suite your needs, but the process in finding the one is hardly a pleasant task for most of us. With the following 7 guidelines to buying a laptop you will be better equipped in identifying the right laptop that will suit your personality and your needs.
The most important thing a laptop must do like any other product; it must satisfy a need. First identify what it is exactly you want to do with your laptop. If your need is for multimedia use, a purchaser would likely look for a laptop that has high storage capacity to store multimedia files such as music, pictures and movies. If the need is for computing on the go, portability will likely be the priority and consider looking for a laptop that is very thin and light weight such as a Ultrabook. A basic user who just wants to surf the internet and create documents with Office tools would be better off getting an entry-level machine such as a Chromebook. Whereas, a user who wants to do more demanding tasks such as making use of graphic designing software or video games would require a more powerful machine with a larger RAM and processing chip.
A laptop is just like a car, you have to consider the performance of the engine first before looking at other features. The heart and brain of any computer device is its RAM and processing chip. This should not be too difficult as all laptops that are being manufactured now come with at least a 2GB RAM which is sufficient enough to carry-out computing tasks. The more the gigabytes the more powerful the computer is and the better it is at carrying out more complex tasks such as processing of graphic design software or recent installments of video games like FIFA 14, Call of Duty and many others. Intel makes the core i3, i5 and i7 processing chips with core i3 being the entry-level processor and core i7 the more powerful one.
The operating system is the software that supports the laptop's basic functioning and this will enable you as a user to carry-out computing activities from giving instructions to the hardware to controlling or making use of other software. Fortunately the choice of an operating system, is less challenging than selecting performance needs as the 3 major operating systems from Microsoft, Apple and Linux, offer a software that is different but the underlying functionality is basically the same. However Microsoft's Windows and the Linux operating system are more open and flexible than Apple's rigid system which restricts users from fully gaining control.
Microsoft's latest OS, Windows 8.1
The interface between the user and the computer is very important. Having a laptop that has advanced graphical capabilities enhances the experience you have whilst working on your laptop and there are many variations available. If you're a basic user, the graphical capabilities of the machine should not worry you too much as the majority of laptops been manufactured now, have a decent display and graphics card
a laptop with advanced graphics
Graphics for a video game
Comparison between a normal laptop (bottom) and a ultrabook (top two)
The essence of having a laptop is being able to use it in various places rather than being confined to a particular working area. With the advent of the Ultrabook which is an ultra thin laptop, this makes it easier for users that require their machines to be less bulky and easier to carry around. However, there is usually a trade-off between portability and functionality. The down side of portability is that, some manufacturers would have to compromise on certain aspects as hardware or even performance in order to make the laptop as light as physically possible.
This is a laptop from Alienware with some high-end specs. However, its advanced hardware has made it a lot bulkier and heavier.
After all is said and done, having a great looking laptop is a big deal. This is what has made the Apple MacBook very popular because it offers optimum performance as well as an amazingly looking design. Although this is the least important aspect to look at but it is equally important to find a laptop that is visually appealing.
Back lit keyboard is very handy in areas that are not well-lit.
These include things such as a user-friendly keyboard or track-pad that makes use of multi-gestures for input as pioneered by the Apple MacBook. Back lit keyboards are also a cool feature to have. Such extras won't have a real impact on the core functionality of a laptop but however adds value to the overall machine.
Original Source: techno-fun.com