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5 Features to Consider When Buying a Laptop

Searching for and identifying the right laptop for your use is totally a different cup of tea from purchasing a desktop PC assembly.  The 5 Features to Consider When Buying a Laptop would be:

1)    Laptop Size

2)    Battery backup – number of hours.

3)    The operating system – Windows, Mac OSX, Unix or Linux

4)    Network – WAN and Wireless, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

5)    Other Technical Features like the processors and RAM. 


Laptop Size


Most laptop sizes fall into one of the four categories namely, ultra portable, thin ad light, mainstream and desktop replacement. Each has its own special identity that separates one from the other.

There are some who carry a computer with them 24 hours of the day, possibly in their line of duty. These people would do well in going for the ultra-portable variety that weighs less than 4 pounds; have long life batteries and mostly, a 12-inch screen. However, many of these may not have the luxury of DVD drives or other alluring features, which they can well do without, because of the completely commercial nature of use of the laptop.

The thin and light notebooks weigh about 5 pounds and have more powerful processors with 13 or 14-inch screens. These are ideally suited for use by the students who like to carry their laptops around, not only for their educational vocations but also for its entertainment value.

The mainstream laptops come with 15-inch wide screens, weigh about 6 pounds and are generally considered value for money.

The so called desktop replacements are larger laptops with screen up to 19 inches size and suitable for hard and continuous work, facilitating all options like gaming, networking, video editing and what have you. These, however, weigh about 9 pounds and have a battery life of only about two hours.


Battery Backup – Number of Hours


The ideal battery life of a laptop which is your permanent companion should be about four hours. Some of the ultra-portables advertise a battery life of up to seven hours. It is customary that battery life is inversely proportional to the size of the screen and the configuration of some of its key components like processors. While purchasing a laptop, it would be prudent to ensure that the processors are from Intel, as they are known to cause a lower drain on your battery. As a thumb rule, remember that all Intel processors have a model number preceded by the alphabet ‘U’ or ‘L’. The availability of Energy star certification, guaranteeing power efficiency (maximum 4.0) would be a definite additional asset in your purchase.


The Operating System – Windows, Mac Osx 0r Linux 


Each of the operating systems has its own pros and cons. While Windows is considered the universal standard, Mac OSX is reported to have operational restrictions in some applications and Linux, though fast, is still an unquantifiable element, as far as the users are concerned. Windows seemed to have a great advantage because all gaming software is windows based, but, of late, the gap between Windows and Mac OSX is said to be fast closing.


Network – WAN and Wireless, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 


If you should care to spend a little time over the seemingly complicated numbering system adopted by the Wireless mode, you will see much clarity and simplicity in the numbers. The basic numbers 802.11b were the original, but 802.11g is the standard while 802.11n, though the latest and most efficient, is not yet well known. 802.11a actually never took of as most laptops could not support it. In conclusion, it may be noted that 802. 11n would be the ideal for your future-oriented purchases of laptops, as it easily supports HD quality picture viewing without any difficulty. Furthermore, ensure that the laptop has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G cellular WAN capability, without which it would be redundant in the current scenario.


Other Technical Features like the processors and RAM 


The specialized technical features of the laptop namely the processor and the RAM determine the efficiency and speed of your laptop. As far as RAM is concerned, it contributes to accelerate the speed of the computer and no less than 1GB or 2GB RAM may be configured in your laptop. As regards the processor, Intel is always a better option for standard work. It works more efficiently and much faster than other processors and provides for longer battery life. A 2 GHs capacity Intel processor (Core 2 Duo) will support most of your applications. If you are constrained to go with AMD, ensure that you have its Turion 64X2 mobile processor.

Hopefully, the foregoing 5 features to consider when buying a laptop will see you through the right choice of the laptop that you desire. 


Denis is a financial writer that contributes to Yourloan.ca where you can get some information on Personal Loans Canada and Debt Consolidation Canada in order to help you make some interesting savings.