Laptops have become a necessity as many people with a more affordable price. However, bertebarannya different types and brands of laptops no doubt confuse many potential new users. Especially for those who have little knowledge about the development (different) computer hardware. In terms of processor, for example, it was difficult to understand the difference between the terms Centrino, Pentium M, Dual Core, Core Duo, Core 2 Duo, Sempron, Athlon, and so on.
Eventually, many end up purchasing decision handed down on price considerations. Though price is not necessarily determine the quality (relative) because prices are not only formed by the recency of hardware used, but also shaped by factors brand / brand. That is, for the same price, you can get a laptop with the specifications and features are better than if you buy a laptop with a famous brand, such as Apple Macs, HP Compaq, Toshiba, Lenovo (laptop version of the top ranking PC World magazine). The problem is, we often buy a laptop is not simply a factor benefits of the features and specifications, but also buy the brand as well as we buy a motorcycle, car, or mobile phone.
Here are some tips you should consider in buying a laptop.
Why is the price I put on a first priority? This is because that most of our society is still relatively sensitive to price. The price difference amounting to 1 million dollars could affect the decision of purchasing a laptop. First, you decide how much budget is available to buy a laptop and not too distracting your financial condition. After the identification of new laptops that fall into the range that you prepare a budget.
2. Hardware and software specifications
This is the most important parts of a laptop that really determines performance. You do not have to have a laptop with high all-round performance. Decide in advance for what you are buying a laptop. If you do more office work (office application), an entry level laptop with an Intel Celeron processor and 512 MB of memory alone would be enough. If you use a lot of multimedia applications, laptops with Core 2 Duo processor or higher CPU is recommended. Likewise, if you need a laptop for gaming, CPU specs, memory and VGA (no shared memory) were also highly recommended. Note also the cooling equipment support provided to a laptop can work for extended periods without overheating problem. Or if not, you can add a separate cooler.
3. Size And Weight
Laptops become indispensable at this time besides because of its affordability, as well as the ability of the high mobility compared to the PC Desktop. My advice, you do not have to buy the smallest sized laptop. Large or small laptop would you buy, depends on the interest you have a laptop. If you use a laptop a lot in a mobile, then the laptop is lightweight and small size will greatly ease your tasks, such as a laptop-sized 8.9 “to 12”. The disadvantage, because their small size, usually there are several components that are pruned, such as a DVD / RW drive. Medium-sized laptop that is between 13.3 “to 14.1” laptops are popular with many uses. Meanwhile, for those of you who very often use multimedia applications, the large-sized laptops, such as laptops measuring 15 “, 17”, or larger, will be able to satisfy you in listening to music, watching movies, doing audio video editing, graphic and image applications running , and so on.
4. Power consumption
Battery life is very important for those of you who frequent the mobile, because the battery life affects how long you can move without electricity connected. On average in using laptop, low budget old laptop batteries with a range of 2.5 to 3 hours while good enough for a laptop that has a battery life of approximately 4 hours. Usually the battery has a 6 and 9 cell, this will affect its durability. However, power consumption varies greatly between vendors with one another or between one model to another model. The addition features in laptops will affect the battery power consumption. These features are available if turned on all electricity consumption will further increase.
The size will determine the ergonomic laptop users. The smaller the size of a laptop, the lower the ergonominya. This is because the size of the keyboard that made the mini, so for those of you that size is quite large fingers will experience discomfort in using a laptop. Affect the keyboard layout is also very ergonomic. Make sure that the layout of the buttons in the keyboard is comfortable for you.
6. Ketersediaan Driver Laptop
I found many complaints on various blogs about the availability of drivers on some brands of laptops. For example, the HP Compaq driver. I happen to own is one of the users are disappointed with the availability of drivers for purchase are not included in the package so we have to download the driver itself (usually stores provide a copy of the driver). For days I find the audio driver hp Compaq V3000 series that still sound even if the line out is plugged in external speakers. Too much energy is spent searching for the driver until I finally found the correct drivers.
7. Operating System
Not many laptops pre-loaded with its operating system. Laptops are already filled in the operating system, such as Microsoft Windows Vista, would be more expensive than the Linux Operating System that are cheaper.
8. After Sales Service and Warranty
Make sure the laptop you buy the warranty. Make sure your laptop vendors have representatives in major cities so you do not bother when experiencing problems with your laptop. Usually given for 1-year warranty. Usually the warranty is not the physical damage to the laptop to be repaired or replaced free of charge within the first year for the next year while repairs are borne by the buyer.