Top 10 Laptop Buying Tips
When buying a cheap laptop or a refurbish one,
here are some important laptop buying tips to guide you through the buying process. I will be adding more
laptop buying tips as I think of them. So this is not an all inclusive laptop buying
tips list. If you can think of some laptop buying tips to add to the list, please send them.
Tip. Most low cost
cheap laptops can handle most of your computing needs. You can surf the Internet, do email, watch
videos, capture images from your camera, do word processing, spreadsheets and
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.
Laptop Weight and Size
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
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
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 doucuments or web pages
side-by-side. So go for the 17-inch wide screen laptop if you can afford it. I do recommend a
wide screen laptop if you do not plan on traveling too much or too far.
Tip: Keep in mind the travel weight of a laptop when you get a 17" wide screen. It does
provide you with a noticable increase in onscreen content space. It makes a great display for movies, still
images and gaming, however this will greatly increase the laptop weight. So your arms might get tire quickly
when carrying the laptop for long periods of time.
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 2gb giga bytes 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. If you can afford the extra few dollars for 4gb of
memory...I recommend getting 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 adays 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
200gb - 250gb hard drive or better. Older laptops will have around a 40gb - 80gb hard drive. Check the
specifications to be sure it has at least a 80gb hard drive installed for your data storage. Plenty of room
for documents and your photo's. A 200gb or better hard drive for a new or refurbished laptop
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 - bag, 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.
11. Remember the first 10 laptop buying