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Frequent Laptop Questions

 When Buying A Laptop

When looking to buy a laptop there are always some laptop questions to be answered.  I have put together a few for you.  Hope they help you out and save you some money.

Answers to frequently asked Laptop Questions

1. Laptops come in three different form factors.  Basically this means that they come in three different weight categories and sizes. Choose the best weight that fits your needs and budget.  Ultra thins tend to be more expensive. 

  • Ultra light size, these are normally very thin and weigh around 2 kilo grams or less.  
  • Thin size, these weigh around 4 kilo grams or less.  
  • Normal size, these come in with a weight of about 5 kilo grams or less  

2. When choosing a laptop, always go with the fastest CPU Central Processing Unit you can afford.  There is nothing worst than a slow laptop. Fastest speed is the best choice.

 

3. The wider screen or display will be sharper and larger. They will be better for viewing DVD's on long trips and offer the nice luxury of being able to display two documents or web pages side-by-side.  So go for the 17-inch screen laptop if you can afford it.  You will not be sorry.

4. Buying a laptop without enough RAM memory slows down everything in your laptop.  You can have the fastest CPU Central Processing Unit and without enough memory it will be slow.  Be sure to have at least 2 gigabyte's of memory installed or upgrade to it.  Sufficient memory is necessary for graphics work, photo editing, videos and gaming.  Don't leave the store without enough of it.

5. Always be sure to try out the keyboard.  If it does not feel right, move on to a different laptop model.

6. Personal choice here:  when I am using my laptop on a desk I like to use a real external mouse rather than the pointing device that is on the keyboard.  Buy a real mouse for these occasions.

7. Check to see that the laptop you are buying has wireless networking included.  Now a days wireless is the smart way to go.  Wireless 802.11g is the industry standard.

8. Buy a good set of headphones or a three piece speaker set.  Laptops come with lousy small speakers.

9. Most newer laptops normally come with a 250gb hard drive or better.  Older laptops will have around a 40gb to 80gb hard drive.  Check the spec's to be sure it has at least a 150gb hard drive installed for your data storage.  Plenty of room for documents and your photo's.  A 200gb-250gb hard drive is even better.

10. Always remember to set aside some money for the little extra' s that you will need.  This would include such important items like: a laptop case, a spare battery, a mouse and of course any software that does not come included with the laptop of your choosing.  Microsoft Office suites can be a good hit on your budget so put some extra money aside just for them.