So you want to buy a laptop but don’t know where to
start. You’re not alone. Buying a new laptop can present
many challenges, especially if you’re unfamiliar with
laptops or notebook computers.
Over the last little while so much new laptop technology
has hit the market… Intel Duo Processors, SLI, Dual
Graphics… it can all be totally mind boggling to the average
consumer. For the first time laptop buyer understanding
all the techno jargon can be downright scary.
Mainly because a whole new generation of notebook technology
comes around every two years or less; probably much less
when you consider all the new advances made recently.
It can even be a little overwhelming even for someone
like myself who runs an online Laptop Guide and who has
a keen interest in all things laptop.
Regardless of all these fancy new improvements, devices
and notebook technology, you must remember you’re buying
a new laptop for you and you alone. You must first
decide if all this new stuff is important to you?
Do you really need all this new notebook technology?
But most of all before you can consider that question you
must first figure out WHY you want a laptop? Why are you
buying a laptop? What chores or tasks do you want the
laptop to perform?
If you just want a laptop for simple web browsing and
emailing, a laptop made five years ago will do the
job nicely and cost you a heck of lot less. You really
don’t need a top of the line laptop unless of course,
you’re keeping up with the Jones and want the latest top
model of everything. But that’s moving into Dr. Phil’s
territory… lets not venture there!
So what do you need the laptop for?
Do you need a lightweight portable laptop for business
trips or meetings? Do you need a student notebook for
classes? Or do just want a desktop replacement computer
that you can easily move around in your home?
Your answer will greatly determine which type of laptop
you should buy.
In my case, I needed a desktop replacement that I could
easily move around my home and take on very infrequent
trips or vacations. dell 3511 i3 11th generation Long battery life was not a major
consideration because I would mainly be using it plugged
into an electrical outlet. Besides, the laptop I wanted
would be 7 or 8 pounds and I had no intentions of lugging
that baby around over any great distance.
I work full time at home and do a lot of web design so
I needed a solid machine with a lot of RAM. I also enjoy
downloading and enjoying the occasional movie so a DVD
Multi Drive and a wide screen display were important.
High quality graphics and sound was also important for
what I needed.
RAM is to computer what location is to real estate. RAM
or Random Access Memory is perhaps the most important
factor to consider when buying your laptop or any computer.
RAM will greatly determine the speed of your laptop or computer.
How fast it will process your tasks and graphics. You must make
sure you have enough for your needs. You can now find many laptops
pre-loaded with 1 Gig of RAM and capable of upgrading to 4 Gigs
Compared to yesterday’s computers that’s a lot of RAM. If you’re
not into gaming, handling large video files/editing, all that
RAM is not needed but it will make your laptop run faster. Also,
remember if you’re into gaming, Video RAM will be important
— you need a top of the line (read expensive) Graphics Card
and it will increase the cost of your laptop.
Also it may be wise to buy a laptop with upgradable memory –
since new applications, multi windowed browsers, streaming video…
of the very near future may place high demand on your laptop’s
* Dual Core Processors
CPU or Computer Processing Unit is the heart of your laptop
and in this case you have Two Hearts — Intel Centrino Duo
is the front runner in this area right now. However, AMD
is giving Intel some stiff competition in the dual core
battle with its Athlon(TM) 64 X2 dual core processor. Either
one would be a wise choice.
* Hard Drive
The amount of space or size of laptop hard drives are
steadily increasing, a 100 Gig laptop is now common.
If you don’t want a lot of storage, buying a smaller
size hard drive will save you money.