On Buying a New Laptop

This laptop is the one I am using now , which is  named Compaq Presario V3803.  At the first time I saw it in store I thought it was just perfect, classy, glossy, it seemed to have everything it took to be my eternal gadget friend. As time went by, however, I realized how heavy the laptop for my  somewhat petite back and shoulders has become ( it weighs 2,4 kgs or so). Sometimes I’ve got to go somewhere with the laptop on my back and later end up having a backache. And that’s enough to give me sound reason to consider purchasing a new, much lighter laptop, which is more unlikely to hurt my back and shoulders ever again.
Thanks to HP official site, I found this simple guidance containing 10 points that potential laptop buyers must pay attention to:
  1. Portability: There’re 3 groups of laptop: the ultraportables, mainstream, and desktop replacement. Ultraportables are very light and have 10-12 inch screen but lack optical drive, large and fast hard drives and extra ports (netbooks may be the typical example of this). Mainstream ones are suitable for ordinary, everyday tasks but their performance is  quite ordinary as well. Mainstream usually comes in 14′-screen-sized laptops. Desktop replacement is the biggest in terms of size and weight and the best in terms of performance as they can handle a bunch of tasks at the same time really well.
  2. Processor: Intel’s Pentium so far has always been considered the best and the fastest but please don’t whine about the price. If cheaper cost is the priority, AMD’s mobile processors could be a great option to choose.
  3. Screen size: The thumb rule is the wider the better.  Your eyes will be spoiled by  better images offered by a wide-screen notebook. However, always keep this in mind, folks: the wider the heavier!
  4. Memory: The more memory a notebook has, the better its system performance becomes. Plan to get a bigger memory (RAM) if you do graphics work, big-sized content editing, and 3D gaming. Luckily I’m not a game freak or content editor.
  5. Typing and mousing: With a smaller notebook, come tinier keyboards.  Knowing well how big your hands and your typing style might be advantegous to decide which laptop to buy. Don’t forget to check how well a laptop’s touch pad/ pointing stick works.
  6. Graphic chipset: Graphics work and 3D games require extra memory. 64MB is the advised minimum memory of RAM.
  7. Slot: PC card/ PCMCIA offers us a better chance to expand. It is classified into 3 categories. The first is usually for memory, the second is for input/output devices, and the last is for mass storage and firewalls.
  8. Wired connectivity: USB and FireWire ports are compulsory. Make sure you buy a laptop having at least 2 USB ports. The point is make sure your favorite or frequently used gadgets/ peripherals (such as printer, cell phone, digital camera, iPod, etc) can be connected through the available ports unless you want to get frustrated in the future.
  9. Wireless connectivity: WiFi (wireless fidelity) is the integrated wireless networking everyone has to have on their laptop these days. Thank God, nearly all of the latest laptops have WiFi.
  10. Power: The last but not the least, check how many the cells are and how big the battery capacity is. The higher the better!
The 10th point concludes this post and if you plan to buy a brand new laptop just like me, please tell me what type of laptop you always dream about to have. Maybe your choice is my choice, too. See you around!

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