Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Laptop Hunting Tips

When you are shopping for a new laptop, what do take into account? Writer Sam Grobart for the New York Times recently wrote an article with some tips for you. One of the primary things that Grobart suggests is to pay attention to the graphics card instead of the processor speed. The typical laptop user is going to be someone who uses it to watch movies, surf the web, email people, and utilize general office programs. These people should focus on the more mundane features of laptops such as, screen size, memory, and weight.


Weight matters


Let's start with weight. The advantage of a laptop is that it is portable. Laptops, though, won't feel so portable if they weigh more than six pounds. Laptops that break that six-pound line can stress your shoulder when you're carrying it in your backpack or duffel. It shouldn't be too hard for smart shoppers to find laptops that weigh less than six pounds. Some weigh just two-and-a-half pounds.


Screen size


If you like watching movies or videos on your laptop, look for a screen that measures 13 inches diagonally. This is the perfect size: big enough for movie-watching but not too big for a carrying bag.


Memory


RAM, or random access memory, matters in relation to laptops. Grobart advises that consumers purchase laptops that include at least 4 gigabytes of RAM. Laptops that have less than that simply move too slowly. You will experience those frustrating delays between hitting a key and something happening on your screen. Don't worry about going above 4 gigabytes, though. Typical laptop users won't ever need more than those 4 gigabytes. There are certain factors that shouldn’t concern laptop users. One is the processor. Grobart writes that all processors used today are fine for laptops. He also recommends that buyers not worry about battery life, either. That’s because a laptop’s battery life will vary depending on how you’re using your machine. Always bring a power cable with you and plug in. That makes battery life an especially unimportant factor.

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