Today, we are witnessing the death of the desktop computer. Laptops and notebooks are light, convenient, and ubiquitous. Their hard drive technology has improved to the point where we can store everything we could ever dream of creating or downloading on them. However, having a reliable laptop is important. Each laptop has its own problems and strengths, but there are a few things in particular you should think about when buying a laptop or a notebook computer.
1) Weight: How light your notebook or laptop needs to be is a very personal question, but it’s safe to say that most people don’t want to carry a ten pound computer around with them. A very light-weight laptop is usually thin, small, and very portable. These computers are used by people who take their laptop everywhere with them.
2) Hard Drive: The hard drive of your laptop is essential. This is where all your data is stored—if it dies, then you will lose all of your information that is not backed up. Nowadays, most computers have an out-of-the-box hard drive size of at least 160 GB, and often offer an option to upgrade.
3) Pointing Unit & Keyboard: Make sure the keyboard of the laptop suits you. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to type and continuously typing the wrong key because you are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with a keyboard. Also, check to ensure that the pointing unit or touchpad works for you.
4) CPU Processor: A CPU processor is what runs all the applications on your machine. A good CPU is important or your laptop will be incapable of concurrently running even the simplest programs. Intel’s Core Duo and Core Duo 2’s processors are excellent choices.
5) Battery: If you’ll be taking your laptop places with you, you will need a good battery. A good batter will have a battery life of about three to five hours depending on the programs being run by the laptop or notebook computer. Periodically check your battery life, as sometimes batteries need to be replaced.
6) RAM: (Random Access Memory)In this day and age, you need at least 1 GB of RAM to run all your programs effectively. Most computers have more, but if you’re going to be doing a lot of gaming or running programs that require intensive calculations, upgrade the RAM of the computer.
7) Graphical Processing Unit: For normal use, a laptop should have 128 MB for graphics. If you enjoy gaming on your laptop, you should have a 3-D video graphics card with about 256-512 MB on your laptop or notebook.
8) Display Screen: Choose a screen based on your needs. Most businessmen and businesswomen who travel with their laptop and notebook computers will choose a screen of anywhere from 12.1 to 15.1 inches. However, a 17-inch screen (measured corner to corner) will give you a nice large picture.
You should buy a laptop or notebook computer that suits your needs. If you are busy and mobile, choose one that is light with a long battery life so you can take it all over as you need it. If you’re a gamer, choose one with the power and memory necessary to play your favorite games. If you’re just a casual user whose laptop or notebook will spend most of its life sitting on a desk, choose a computer that tends to have a long life and a high level of reliability. Also, choosing an internationally-recognized brand like Apple, Dell, Sony VIAO, or HP will give you more of a guarantee of a long life for your computer.