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A Better Way To Look For Your New Laptop

Updated on August 23, 2010

Buying a laptop computer can be a very difficult decision and going to the computer warehouses and electronic supercenters can be in one word, overwhelming. Like making any major purchase in your life, you first have to figure out why you are in the market for a new laptop.

Are you seeking portable computers that can help in mobility? Tired of the stress of using a desktop? How much do you intend to spend on the in purchasing a computer system?

All of these questions will factor into your decision. There are a few things that you simply can't upgrade and from there you can start to make your decision.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the mobile office community, or in need something more portable you may need to look at the size and weight of the different laptops. This is usually the first thing you notice is how the computer looks. Generally speaking, the smaller the computer, the less it will weigh. But with a smaller size you also miss out on some of the other options that may be important.

A smaller computer usually means that you are going to have a smaller screen. And for some that is fine, but to others they enjoy the layout of a 17 inch models with the wide glossy screen and full keyboards, this may not be sufficient to your needs. Also a person who spends hours at the computer may enjoy a larger screen because it is a lot easier on the eyes.

Smaller computers may also not have all of the expansion ports that you are used. You plug in your printer and your mouse and all of the USB ports could be used up. Whereas a larger model may have 5 USB ports, or more, and usually other media expansion slots, the smaller computer simply has no way of containing more ports, unless of course you purchase an external hub which adds more cables, adds clutter to your desk and can be quite costly.

Another dilemma in figuring out what to look for in your new laptop is that you may not have all of the upgrade options that you may want. Upgrading hard drives, RAM memory and processors may not be economically practical. Now to the evolving consumer public, laptops are essentially becoming more and more disposable so this may not be a concern. But to the customer who is financial conscious this could be a problem and they may have to choose a more mid-range model in order to satisfy both their monetary and portable needs.

Another financial problem that stems from small computers is that the lighter and more compact a computer is, the more they usually rely on the most recent of technologies, which ultimately drives up the price yet again. Customers want more bangs for their buck so the smaller computers get the faster processors and denser memory packages which provide the most productive and cutting edge product, that is worth quite a pretty penny.

All of these laptop computer options are not upgradeable and should definitely be major factor into making any decisions on what size and price you are buying. Technology is ever evolving and even some of the dilemmas in choosing a new laptop are becoming less and less of a factor as you read this article. But ultimately the decision is one that comes down to what you feel comfortable with. Some don't mind the extra weight in their bag, while others like working on smaller monitors. No one should ever feel that they are being pushed into any decision. Our advice is taking your time and always looks around.


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      Nintendoneger 6 years ago

      Having two name-brand laptop's motherboards crash on me in the past 5 years (both months after the two-year warranty :(, I am suspicious about the current state of laptop engineering. Specifically, I'm wondering whether modern multi-core equipped portable workhorses are capable of properly getting rid of all that heat which comes from ever-increasing processor speeds, or whether this negatively affects other components' longevity. Try working with a laptop actually on top of your lap for a while, and you'll see what I mean. Desktops, of course, have far more room for elaborate cooling systems.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Great hub, great information!