Laptops Buying Guide

Laptops are portable versions of desktop PC’s- also known as notebooks or portable computers, they offer greats freedom and flexibility as they can be taken anywhere and used on battery power at any time. The first option you need to think about is whether you want a Windows laptop or an Apple Mac, the main difference is the operating system used, which is the basic software that controls the computer’s functions. There is a huge and long running debate over whether it is better to have an Apple MacBook or a PC-based laptop running Microsoft’s Windows operating system. Both systems have their strengths and weaknesses, and both have die hard fans, so it is alrgely a case of personal preference. The good news is that all new Mac’s will lets you install Windows too, so if you love Apple laptops, but are more comfortable using Windows you can have the best of both worlds. Virtually all laptops on sale today come with Wi-Fi technology which can access broadband internet wirelessly and use high capacity rechargeable batteries which are recharged via mains power. Displays on laptops are integral LCD display screen which range from 12 inches
upwards in size.

The Central Processing Unit processor is the powerhouse of the laptop and users have the choice of chips with different sppeds from a number of manufacturers such as Celeron, Intel and AMD (Apple laptops all use Intel processors). generally speaking the more powerful the processor, the better and more expensive the laptop. Another equally important factor to consider is the amount of hard disc space your laptop has, plus the amount of Random Access Memory. Again the bigger the hard drive and RAM space the better.

Modern laptops are be fitted with disc drives which can be CD-ROM (will read CD’s), CD-RW drive (will read and write to a CD), DVD ROM drive (all the functions of a CD-ROM drive but up to 4.7 gigabytes of data), DVD-RW drive (all the benfits of a CD-RW drive but higher capacity), or the the latest BD ROM/BD-RW drives which can reads/write to Blu-ray
discs.

To connect and communicate with other devices laptops require a number of input and output ports such as VGA out, HDMI out, USB and Firewire/IEEE 1394. the more ports the plaptop has the more versatile it is when it comes to connecting to other devcies such as TV’s and camcorders. You can get advice on purchasing laptops direct from manufacturers like Dell, Apple, Sony and Toshiba, or from retailers such as PC World, But the minimum specification you should consider is 1.6GHz processor, 13″ display, a DVD-RW drive, 2GB of RAM memory, 320GB of hard drive space and 2 USB ports.