Choosing a Laptop

Buying a laptop is always a daunting task. There are so many options, brands, models, and price ranges to choose from. There are a lot of considerations to take into account. Here are a few:

1. Memory: A good amount of memory, or RAM, to shoot for is about 4 gigabytes on a Windows computer. If you are choosing to get a Mac, they perform well on 2 gigs. This is, of course, compromised if you are using complex programs and design graphics.

2. Processors: Lately, you’ve probably seen computer laptops chips with core processors like the Intel’s i3, i5, and i7 models. While these are great, a PC with chips from AMD will usually cost less, or you can opt for an older Intel dual-core chips which will also save you money and generally perform just fine.

3. Graphics: Graphics are important – even if you are not a huge gamer. Many computers have offload nongraphic tasks in order to provide the computer with a quicker operation. Less expensive laptops generally have wimpier hardware for graphics and more expensive computers have better graphics. Some have both options that allow you to switch between which is a great alternative.

4. Hard Disks: As far as hard disks go for PC’s, a 320 gigabyte one should be the minimum when searching for a laptop. Look for a hard disk that is a solid-slate disk because it lacks moving parts and uses a flash memory. These cost more, but are generally faster and are more energy-effecient. On the downside, they usually have less capacity. This is becoming less of an issue, however, due to the fact that online data storage sites are becoming more and more popular.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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