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How to Choose a New Laptop that Meets Your Needs

Aug 25, 2008
The lifespan of a laptop is 3-5 years. Here are some ideas on what to look for when buying a new laptop.

Laptops are ideal for students or business people who use the Internet daily. They are becoming more compact, and lightweight, a must for the busy traveler. Convenient wireless connections are becoming widespread in libraries, restaurants, and coffee shops. There is no need to stay tied to a desktop any longer. Portable laptops allow you to be more productive by taking your work where you need to go.

A good idea is to make a list of exactly what you want in a laptop. A smaller notebook model might be the perfect size for you. Decide what ease you need when carrying around your laptop. Another factor is the display screen size. If you spend a lot of time in front of your computer screen, a larger display will be the best decision. With screens exceeding 17 inches, laptops offer full display views, and do not cause eyestrain.

You will need to know how big your hard drive should be, along with how much memory, or RAM, your system requires. Your laptop's hard drive depends on whether this is your main computer, or only an additional time saver for your home or office desktop. Select a bigger hard drive, with 60 GB RAM, if you plan to use this laptop only. This will be large enough to store all your software programs and files.

We have all seen the advertisements for bargain priced laptops. These could fit nicely into your budget if they also meet your laptop requirements. Consider what may be missing in choosing a less expensive laptop. The warranty period may be considerably less than the usual one-year warranty. There will be less memory. A laptop computer with 256 MB RAM may not be able to run some of the current popular software. Cheaper laptops have CD-ROM instead of DVD-RW. This means you will not be able to write to CDs or DVDs. The price is right if you can get by without the added features.

For a few dollars more, you can purchase a Dell-Inspiron 1525 with an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor. This laptop can be personalized with a choice of eight colors or four patterns. To plug in more storage, there are USB portable hard drives available.

Catalog home shopping is an easy way to avoid the crowds and persistent salespeople. All the most popular computer retailers have catalogs, and toll free phone numbers for enjoyable ways to browse and shop. There are also great deals on laptops when buying online. All major computer companies have promotional websites. Online shopping holds down operation costs for the manufacturers, and saves the consumer valuable time and money. It pays to stay connected.

Do your research. You could be the envy of all your friends and co-workers with your new laptop selection.
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