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Things to Look For When Buying a New Laptop

Updated on January 24, 2012

There are so many laptops to choose from nowadays that it can be quite an intimidating task to try to find the right laptop that best fits your style and your budget. If you don’t know what exactly to look for when buying a new laptop it can be quite confusing when browsing through all the different models of computers and trying to read and understand all the specs. However, with a little bit of knowledge on the different computer specs, you can easily know what to look for when going out to make a new purchase decision. Things such as system memory, hard-drive storage, graphics, and processing power all play an important role when trying to determine what the right laptop is for you.

Perhaps the most important thing that you should consider when looking at a new laptop is the processing unit (more commonly referred to as the CPU). This is a core part to your laptop and it determines the overall speed and power that your laptop can offer. Today’s laptop will often be featuring dual and quad core processors and you’ll want to avoid buying laptops with single core processors because they are usually of an older generation and are quickly becoming outdated.

Here are some examples of choices of laptop processor brand and model that you want to consider as they will provide the best overall performance:

  • Intel Core i3
  • Intel Core i5
  • Intel Core i7
  • AMD A4
  • AMD A6
  • AMD Phenom

The next critical aspect of a laptop that you should consider and look at is the system memory (ram). The more memory that a laptop has, the more capable it is of running multiple applications at once. In today’s market, you’ll want a laptop that offers at least 3GB of memory. Furthermore, the type of memory also matters and the most up to date type of system memory that you want is DDR3 as this can provide you with the best performance and the fastest speed for you.

Once you have decided on the type of system processor and the amount of ram that you feel is appropriate for your needs, the next step is to decide on the type of graphic processor that you want for your system. If you intend on doing some video gaming on your laptop, then it is highly recommended that you go with a dedicated graphic processing unit from either ATI or Nvidia. On the other hand if you are not into video gaming on your laptop, then any integrated graphic solutions from Intel should suffice. Often times, laptop that are equipped with ATI or Nvidia graphics will be a little bit more expensive.

One last thing that you want to look at is the amount of hard drive space that you have available in your laptop. In today’s modern laptop, this isn’t really an issue to be concerned about since they are often equipped with hundreds of gigabyte that can store everything that you need. Another thing that you also want to keep in mind is that memory or hard drive space is something that is relatively cheap and is quite easy to upgrade if you ever need to.

Finally, after all these major system specs have been accounted for, the next thing that you should really look into is the overall build quality of the laptop and the weight of it. Slimmer and lighter laptops are often a bit pricier, but it all depends on what your needs are. It is best to go to your local computer electronic store and test out some of their display demo laptop to get a better feel for them.


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      Mikey 5 years ago

      Yea, consider getting as much ram as you can afford.

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      mrjohnpeter 5 years ago from India

      Yes it is very important to consider a good processor.

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      kingofmetal 5 years ago from US

      great hub! useful tips!