Everything is going portable these days. Portable radios, portable TV sets, portable DVD players, as long as its useful, people would always want to carry their things with them. As the invention of compact electronic components came out, so did notebooks or personal computers. Notebook computers or more commonly referred to as laptops, portables or simply notebooks became very popular with people who like to do their work on the go, or people who have travel as a component in their jobs. If you are planning to purchase one, this article will help you out in choosing the right notebook to purchase.
The balance between price and specifications
The first step to buying a notebook is to have a price range. Work on finding the best unit that you can buy with that price range. Buying it brand new may give you a warranty with it. But if you’d like to save much and still have the right specifications for you, you may do so by purchasing it second-hand. Buying a refurbished system also has its disadvantages. Like it may no longer have a warranty attached to it and etc. You can overcome this challenge by being diligent at the point of purchase. You need to check for functionality and major defects. Minor things like scratches in he protective cases are common. But dents are a whole new story. Beware of these types of defects. Always check the full functionality before purchase.
Keep in mind what it is for
Notebooks are built for specific functions. If they are meant for designing and or gaming, they are built to be graphics intensive, powerful processors are there, and lots of memory packed into them. This is because the design programs and games are very resource-hungry. In order for them to perform well in these conditions, they need to be built strong.
Usually, notebooks are used by professionals when traveling so that they can do their work on the go. These notebooks are slimmer, lighter and somewhat lower in specs than their gaming and graphics-designing counterparts. They are commonly used in making documents, doing spreadsheets and more. They also have multimedia capabilities.
So basically to get the most of the money that you invest in them, always see to it that they fit the purpose that you have for them and they fit your budget too.
Battery Life: This is the amount of time that you’re notebook can run on batteries alone without being plugged in on a wall outlet. Most gaming notebooks have bigger, heavier AC adapters and batteries. These two components amount to most of your notebooks weight. So be very careful of these components when choosing since you may need to carry the notebook around often.
Memory (RAM or random Access Memory): This is not the actual storage where you store your files. It is the temporary memory that the computer uses when its processing things or when multitasking. The bigger the amount of memory, the faster the computer gets. When installing memory or thinking of upgrading, always consult the manual or seek advice from a technician since they may not be able to be at full speed when not properly installed or configured.
Displays and video: This is the component that you ‘see’. The screen is the display or the video output of the computer. The screen size is directly proportionate to the native resolution. The higher the resolution, the more crisp pictures appear. To achieve maximum video performance, a high-end video card is needed. Make sure to install it properly with the correct drivers when you’re installing it. Notebooks often have an integrated video card on the motherboard itself.
Storage and Drives: This is the component responsible for “reading” and “writing” files into your computer. The hard drive is where the operating system, which is the software, you interact for the computer to do its functions is stored. Another type is the optical drive this is where CD and DVD drives are classified. To have the most functionality without wasting money on buying each one of a type is to just purchase a peripheral DVD writer. Most notebooks use this nowadays. It can read and write CD’s and DVD’s and it can even make a cover for your discs or “burn” an image or customized graphic on the disc itself.
Processor: This is the brain of the notebook or any computer system. The higher the speed, the faster and more powerful your notebook becomes.
Connection: The last thing but definitely not the least that you should be meticulous about is the ability that your notebook has to connect to a network. Check if it has wireless connection, Ethernet adapters or a dial up modem. Usually, the new notebooks have all 3 or the first 2 types of connection.