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Tips to consider when buying a notebook

Updated on March 14, 2011

Living in a world where technology is changing constantly, sometimes it may happen that what today is modern and new, in 6 months it becomes almost obsolete and outdated and our time and money gets wasted to renew any electronic equipment which has become outdated because we need to be with today’s time and not the past and for this there is a need of going through a buyer’s guide or searching for different aspects of a device. In the case of a notebook, there are some tips that should be undertaken before buying and these are:

Tip #1: What type of notebook you are looking for?

DualCore, Centrino, Sempron, Athlon and Celeron are very common terms as to notebooks and this may generate confusion when deciding which notebook to buy. Above all, if you are looking for a notebook which can serve as a replacement to your desktop PC or a mobile solution in which you can upload all documents and information you need to have with you at all times, then you will probably going to need a 17-inch widescreen display, a keyboard panel, and Pentium 4 processors, especially if you use your personal computer for multimedia use and to manage design and editing programs.

If, however, if you end up finding a notebook which has a battery that lasts longer, you have to choose between performance or prices:

Compaq Presario Dualcore notebook
Compaq Presario Dualcore notebook

Tip #2: Performance of a notebook:

Whichever notebook will have more features, the higher will be its price, this is the first thing to consider. Intel offers excellent performance in its notebooks, integrated with Celeron costs and benefits, enhanced memory, and it can handle many applications at once.

Tip #3: Price of a notebook:

It is interesting to note that there are some economic Mobile AMD Sempron notebooks available in the market. Though these have a smaller cache size, but are provided with a lot of opportunities to expand the RAM and hard drives.

Sempron notebooks are good and have better performance plus the battery lasts for 2 ½ hours, which is much more than what usually other notebook brands offer.

Tip #4: Intel notebook versus AMD notebook

Harnessing the battery is an important step taken by Intel with its processor. Intel’s Centrino Duo notebook of latest technology provides better results in terms of voltage savings and has always been an excellent choice for professional designers. On the other hand, AMD lagged behind from implementing technological advances especially for gamers who enjoy playing on the PC with a good processor. Currently, the technology is revolutionizing DualCore that divides the core microprocessors allowing us to use more and more applications in one go.

The most important point that should be noted when buying a notebook is that AMD and Intel are not the same and do not point to the same priorities. The other important thing to remember is that notebook manufacturers take advantage of different needs of the users and based on these technologies, launch separate notebooks that cater to the different needs of users, ranging from those engaged in online design, gamers, multimedia users and provide increased processor power and greater range of cache, as they feel appropriate.

How to Buy a Laptop or Notebook?

I just found on Amazon: 'Lenovo S10-3t 0651-37U 10.1-Inch Netbook (Black)' by Lenovo Direct for $499.99

As akirchner said in the below comment that she needs to plug in that means she would like to buy a netbook with longer battery life plus it should be durable, then the new Lenovo S10 is meant for anyone who is these specs. I think it is possible to even configure this Lenovo small masterpiece with a touchscreen for a tablet-like experience and the screen can be rotated in all directions. Do not forget to read Amazon's review via the link above and at the side in Amazon widget and let me know how you found it. I think this netbook will work well for tagging home businesses and it is worth the price.

By the time, I will keep a close eye on other latest laptops, notebooks, and netbooks and publish more reviews whenever available.


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    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot Simon for your expert comments on this first time hub by me on buying a notebook. (Little sony is saying hello to you too).

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      Simon Collins 

      8 years ago

      Nice tips for buying a notebook. Clear format, easy to read.

      As akirchner said on one of her comments, sometimes weight ccan be a factor in choosing a notebook also. If you have to carry it around on foot all day for example a few grams can make the world of difference to your poor back and feet! Overall a good read, with useful information. Thanks.

      (and hello to little sony)

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I will definitely make a hub on "Life of an MT". I think it will really work well. Nice ideas you have friend. One more thing I just saw a Lenovo netbook and published a small review up above in my hub just above the comment section.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      I do have laptops that I have always traveled with to do my transcribing and they do have large, wide screens - but they are so cumbersome. I would like to minimize at this point just to do smaller work. I actually have been known to be transcribing as we drove for instance across the state to meet up with family, etc. with a little portable desk in the SUV and then my little plug-in card for Sprint, etc. One time Bob had to stop because he was driving like a race car driver and I was getting car sick! Too funny. I have also passed 18-wheelers who honked their horn at me typing away.....the life and times of the MT - we should definitely do a hub on it! Anyhow - I am looking at the small netbooks just for tagging my home biz while I'm gone without all the cumbersome lifting of my regular laptops, plugging in, etc. I have Griffin for my weight lifting! Great hub though and if you do I'll see it! I have heard pros and cons on the netbooks and wanted to wait until the dust settled before buying one.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I have a notebook with me and I use it for writing hubs on hubpages plus sometimes doing urgent MT files when I am away but I would suggest you to use a good wide screen and a enhanced keyboard as you have to do a lot of typing when you are away. I say don't trust anyone when buying something and just do your own research. Go through all the details and land up with something great in your hands which is useful to you and worth for your money. Happy shopping. Happy hubbing. Happy transcribing. best of luck my dear friend.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Great advice - are you going to do one or have you on netbooks? I need to buy one but have not had the time to research it yet! I'd have to trust you - one MT to the other!

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot Ethel Smith and allergy1 for your comments.

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      9 years ago from United Arab Emirates

      Thanx for the nfo!

    • ethel smith profile image

      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Some great one's on offer these days. Thanks for the info


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