Buying a New Laptop - What to Know and What to Look For

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At that time of year again. Summer is coming to an end, and that means cooler weather, discoloration of the leaves, and schools everywhere are going to open their doors. One of the things many parents (and students) are afraid of is that schools are starting to require students to use laptops in their classrooms. But don't be afraid - I've created a guide that will make it easier for you to buy the right laptop. And if you're not attending school this fall, this guide should still help you look for a job or a personal laptop for yourself or someone in need this holiday season.

Why buy a new laptop?

Maybe you're a parent looking to find a laptop for your kids this year to attend school, or maybe you're looking for a system in the office that gives you new benefits. The reason you buy a laptop will determine what you will need from the new system. If your laptop uses, for example, Computer Animated Design software, you'll need a more powerful processor than if you only used it for word processing or Internet search. Are you a resilient player? Do you like to edit photos or create videos? Are you a musician looking for a better show? You may be better off writing down every possible scenario you can see on your laptop before reading the next section of the guide to make sure you get everything you need from the system.

Size matters.

This is a feature that many people do not notice when buying a laptop, but it can be said that the size and physical characteristics of the laptops are one of the most important. Where the processor, RAM, and hard drive can be upgraded and replaced as needed, features such as laptop size, different I / O port layout, and weight are all things that will actually get stuck after purchase. Some of the things you should ask yourself are:

What screen size will I need?

Will I take this laptop with me often?

How many peripherals will be connected to the laptop?

Will I miss the lack of a numeric keypad on the keyboard?

The size of the screen will directly affect the size of the laptop, so this issue is important. If you buy this laptop for editing photos, creating videos, playing games, or watching movies and TV, you may want a large screen. Keep in mind that big-screen laptops are heavier, so if you're going to cross a big campus every day, you'll want to consider that, too. The number of peripherals you connect to your laptop also helps narrow down what you use it for. The most important consideration is the number of USB ports, as most accessories and devices connect to a laptop through these ports. A wireless printer, whiteboard, wired or wireless mouse, and USB memory stick are all examples of devices that connect via USB. If you plan to connect your laptop to the projector at any time, you will also need to consider a laptop output connection. Finally, one of the most overlooked features of a laptop is the presence or absence of a NUMPAD pad on the keyboard. NUMPAD is a segment of 16 keys along with arrow keys that look a bit like a phone. Although it is possible to purchase an external USB-powered NUMPAD for your laptop, if you are used to it, it is better to connect it to the laptop itself.

What makes a good laptop?

Now that you have an idea of ​​how you want your laptop to look on the outside, it's time to think about what you would like to see inside. If you buy this laptop just to use programs like Microsoft Office, web browser and iTunes, you don't need a lot of power from your system. Today, laptops in the retail market are running Windows 7, and unlike their Vista counterparts, they were designed two years ago to run smoothly. However, 4 GB of RAM is a good standard to set for your system; Preferably DDR3, a high-end dual-core processor (such as avoiding the Intel Celeron series), then the hard drive depends on how much you plan to save on your computer. Typically, 250 to 500 GB hard drives are most common in low- and medium-range laptops and should have more than enough memory.

If you plan to use more intensive programs, such as graphic design software, music editing software, or anything else that will put a heavy load on your system, you will need to look carefully at the processor. A processor with enhanced dynamic performance, such as the Multithreading feature introduced in Intel i-series processors, is a good choice.

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