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Good Value Affordable Laptops for the Money Under $1,250 for 2013 - 2014

Updated on January 7, 2014
The Asus B400A-XH52 is a great options because it's very durable for those who are rough on their things and it's very easy to use for those who are not the best with computers.
The Asus B400A-XH52 is a great options because it's very durable for those who are rough on their things and it's very easy to use for those who are not the best with computers.

Choosing your next laptop computer can be a challenge, especially since there are so many options on the marketplace.

You might even feel conflicted as to whether you should buy a laptop since there are desktops and tablet computers to consider.

One of the main draws of a laptop is their portability, but they have since been usurped in this category by tablet computers.

Your sole focus during your search for a laptop is to look at everything other than the price of the machines before you.

Granted, it’s understandable that you have a budget in place for how much you can spend on this computer. You can stay within this budget while also getting a computer that’s worth writing home about.

It all comes down to the depth of your search. There are a number of variables that you have to consider before you get started. First, you need to have an idea of what you intend to use your computer for on a regular basis.

This factor might not seem like that big of a deal; however, it will play a big part in the performance specifications of the machines you bring up in your search.

Asus G750JW-DB71
Asus G750JW-DB71

What Will You Do with Your Computer?

Anyone who has graphically challenged ambitions for their computer like designing creative projects or playing computer games needs to have a powerful CPU, large amount of RAM, and one of the best graphics cards on the market today.

Does Size Matter with Your Screen?

All of these variables will sync up to produce what you see on the screen. You also have to find a laptop that has a monitor big enough to accommodate all of the things that you will have on your screen at any given moment.

Some people love to have an arrangement in their office space where they have two monitors setup. This allows them to move windows and icons from one screen to another as if they were on the same screen.

You might think that only people who own desktop computers can benefit from being able to use two monitors. On the contrary, you can purchase a standalone monitor and attach it to the side of your laptop with no problem.

It requires you to have the necessary cords and keep your machine in a stationary position, but in the end, it’s more than worth it based on the experience that you’re going to have.

How much are you willing to spend on a laptop?

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5 stars for Asus B400A-XH52
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p

Considering the Hard Drive Space you Need

Whether you are playing computer games or designing graphics, odds are you’re going to need a significant amount of hard drive space.

In the case of computer games, you will find that the newer games are going to take up more space than any games that have come before them.

You could go with the approach of playing one game through and then uninstalling it.

This process is something that you will repeat for every game that you play.

Avid gamers aren’t interested in playing one game at a time though.

They would rather have 5 to 10 games going at any given time. As a result, they’re going to need all sorts of hard drive space.

It becomes more of an issue for the gamers that use on-demand game purchasing services like Steam.

How Much Space Do You Need?

Luckily, there are a number of options available for individuals that fit into this category. They can choose to have a large enough of hard drive space in their machine from the get-go or they could upgrade to have a larger amount put it.

If neither one of these options works, removable or external storage devices might be your best bet. It’s recommended that you choose external hard drives over their counterparts as they have a tendency to offer more storage space to the people who need them.

MSI G Series GE70
MSI G Series GE70

Key's to Buying a Quality Laptop

As you’re looking through all of the laptops you can purchase, you might be wondering what the differences between each brand are.

There are so many to choose from that you’re left with the dilemma to focus on the brands that you have heard of in the past or stick your neck out and take a chance on one of the lesser known computer manufacturers.

In reality, the differences between all the manufacturers are slim to almost non-existent.

The bigger companies set the precedent in the industry and all the other companies follow their lead. It’s that simple. When you’re buying a laptop from one of the larger brands, you’re not necessary purchasing the best laptop.

Is the Brand Name Really Worth it?

You are investing in that brand and paying for everything that comes with it. That being said, in most instances, there’s a reason why you should buy a laptop from one of the premier brands. They attained their position for a reason and you have to respect their notoriety. That doesn’t mean you should discount the other brands for the simple fact that they lack the necessary advertising dollars.

You’re bound to run into some sort of issue during your time owning your new laptop. This is why you need to align yourself with a company that has a good support plan. The computer manufacturers make it as hard as possible to figure out what the original warranty covers and doesn’t cover.

The companies that sell their computers for them offer extended warranties and even those aren’t clear. You have to be able to balance doing your own maintenance versus sending your computer in for a costly round of repairs.

Either option has its share of drawbacks; however, you have to pick the one that will safeguard you against having to buy a new computer sooner rather than later. Your skill in repairing your own computer could mean the difference between you having to spend hundreds of dollars or nothing at all.

You would be surprised at what computer maintenance programs can do these days. They’re able to get into the infrastructure of the computers and weed out any inconsistencies that might be hampering performance.

Running these programs on a regular basis will prevent software problems from becoming serious disasters. You might have to take your computer to the shop in the event of a hardware problem.

© 2014 James Richton

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