Laptop Buying Guide
A Quick Guide To Buying A Laptop
There are a number of things you need to know about a laptop before buying it. Whether these things are important to you will depend on what you want to use it for - so this means that there is no absolute 'best laptop' out there.
In terms of raw performance, you could go with an Alienware or Rock laptop - these tend to be targeted at gamers, and many of them have dual graphics cards and very large screens.
However, these would also be very bulky and heavy, and really quite useless for someone who wants to travel a lot and only plays low-power games such as World of Warcraft - or a business user who will never play games at all. If you are in this category, then you should pay particular attention to the size and weight of the machine, as well as its battery life. It might even be worthwhile investing in a second battery if you take a lot of long-haul flights...
Laptop Specs To Look For When Buying
To be honest, even the cheapest laptop available today is more than adequate for general office use - word processing, surfing the Internet, simple multimedia work such as ripping CDs, watching DVDs, or basic image editing.
You'll only need to be concerned about processor performance if you play the latest video games or work with audio or video in a more serious way - such as video editing using Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere, 3D image rendering or multichannel audio seqencing.
If you just want to work with Excel spreadsheets, Word and PowerPoint, then the only thing that's going to strain your PC is the amount of bloatware, adware or viruses on it. If you find that your computer can't do these basic things, then you need to do a spring-clean on your operating system. For some tips on how to keep your computer running smoothly, have a look at this PC maintenance guide.
If you want to learn more about the components that are found in laptops today, then you should check out this free Laptop Buying Guide eBook. It's a short guide to processors, memory, hard drives and the other main things to look for when buying a laptop.