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Laptop buying guide


dell laptopLaptops are hugely popular with consumers these days  thanks to lower prices and massive marketing campaigns. However, there are so many options that it’s easy to get confused.

Decide what you want your Laptop for. Your choice of laptop will be influenced by what you intend to use it for.If it’s for occasional use, running some office applications, accessing the Internet and email, then almost any low-cost notebook will do the job. If it’s for gaming or running video-editing software, you will be looking for a notebook with a large 15in/17in screen – possibly widescreen – a high-end Nvidia or ATI graphics chip, 1GB of memory or bigger and consider the fact that the new Windows 7 operating system requires 1GB minimum although 2GB makes it “tick” better  and an 80GB (or bigger) hard disk.

RAM
(or random access memory) is the amount of memory the laptop holds a higher number is better here new laptops now have a minimum of 1GB of memory and they progress to 2GB , 3GB and 4GB the average end of the new laptops is now 2-3GB.The higher the memory the more programs that can be run together without throttling the processor hence causing slower performance. For generally internet browsing and basic programs 1GB is fine, if you are using graphics programs then 2GB is better (also consider the graphics capabilities from the specification given on the laptop) In excess of 2GB is going to be needed if you are intending to use for gaming experiences.

PROCESSOR
Clock speeds (ex. 3.2GHz) are still an important indicator of CPU performance, but can only really be compared within similar lines. A 2.0GHz Intel Atom processor is faster than 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, but not necessarily faster than a 1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo. Other factors include front-side bus speed, onboard duo corecache, whether it’s a 32- or 64-bit processor, and many more.

 

The main two big players in processor manufacture , use and development are intel and amd see www.intel.com or www.amd.com for more info on current processors


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In the midrange/high-end space, there are Intel’s Mobile Pentium 4 or Pentium 4 chips, while AMD offers Mobile Athlon 64 and Athlon 64. Expect to find these in desktop
replacement systems and those used by gamers.


For the best in performance with power-saving technology, go for Intel’s Pentium M or AMD’s Turion 64 processors.


Any notebook you get should have in-built Bluetooth and Wifi connectivity, a 30–40GB hard disk drive, 512MB of Ram, 14–15in screen, USB2 or Firewire ports, DVD/CD-RW combo drive and 2-3 hrs’ battery life.