Choosing a laptop or notebook maynot be easy. There are many things to be considered before making the final decision of buying a notebook and all of those things must be selected carefully and wisely. Otherwise, some fatal mistakes may be occurred and may lead to a significant regret. Just for an example, we need an end-up gaming laptop but choosing an average one. This will take up most of our time to run it. Or on the other case, we actually need an average laptop but have chosen a gaming class laptop, then it will be a waste of money.
There are a lot of ways for someone to avoid mistakes in choosing a laptop. Among those ways, making a comparison is the easiest way to do. The points on how to do the comparison can be asked from a computer expert or can be availed on some notebook review sites widely spreading on the internet.
Nowadays, there are a lot of good and cheap notebooks that are available on the market. With some basic information and researches, you may find the best one which will suit your personal needs, no matter whether it’s for home or business purpose. Want to save money or have a tight budget could be several reasons of people to purchase a cheap notebook. I would like to provide some tips to help choosing a good and cheap notebook.
This is the most important thing to consider because the processor is a very useful hardware to understand and execute commands and data.
Screen and visual media also need your attention because if the screen doesn’t perform a good work, then your activities cannot be done well, even in some cases, you cannot do anything. If you want to use the notebook at home, then you should choose a notebook with 17 inch screen. Meanwhile, if you have more activities outside, then you should use a smaller notebook like 12.1-inch or 13.3 inch screen notebook. But if you feel the size is too uncomfortable or small, then you can select 14.1 or 15-inch screen for your notebook.
- System memory
The amount of RAM which is recommended is at least 1GB of RAM. It’s the minimum size to get a new applications running fast.
- Graphics memory
Make sure that the graphics memory is used for graphic only and not shared with main memory. It’s recommended to have at least 128MB of RAM graphic memory. But if you want to play games on your notebook, then you should prepare your pocket for spending more budget to get advanced 3D graphics chips with 256MB to 512MB of dedicated graphics memory.
- The hard drive
The capacity of the storage files and data can be adapted with your needs. It’s available from 160 GB up to thousands of GB ready to accommodate you.
The battery also has an important role in a notebook. Choose a notebook which can survive at least 3.5 hours running on a Core Duo or Core 2 Duo processor. Longer, it would be better that you feel the impact.
- Keyboard and Pointing Device
If your finger is large, then you should choose a notebook with has a large keyboard size. But if your fingers are not classified as a large finger, then you can choose a notebook with a smaller size without the constraint on the typing.
- Optical drive
One thing you need to know is that some notebooks sacrifice a DVD drive in exchange for lighter weight and portability.
When you buy a notebook, always remember that the total weight of a notebook is including the AC adapter, any external modules, and their cables. This can add up to quite a bit of weight. If you spend more time outdoors, then the light notebook is a better choice and you need to get it.
Your notebook should have two USB 2.0 ports. If you do a lot of video editing, then a FireWire (IEEE 1394) port also becomes essential. Do not forget to check if your new notebook has a built-in Ethernet capability, a built-in wireless connection and also a built-in Bluetooth (it’s needed if you need to transfer data between your phone and notebook).
Tips on buying a notebook
- One of the best ways to avoid paying too much money is by considering how you will use the notebook. If it’s mostly for word processing, then you can choose a cheaper machine. But if you use it for gaming, then you need more powerful notebook.
- Think about the features that you will not compromise. You must also realize that there are some basic features in your notebook which don’t have to be sacrificed.
- Remember that you can pick and choose most vendors to let you build your own custom notebook. This is a very good choice when you prefer to choose what you need, not what you want.