A lot of people may not seem to understand the dilemma of someone who is not tech savvy and is planning to get a new laptop. Aside from wondering what to look for in a laptop, once she (sorry, but men have their way with bluffing through machines, even if they are not that great in computers) is in a computer shop already, the experience can be an overwhelming one. The machines, all look so shiny!
They all look the same! There are so many to choose from! I don’t even know where to start! What do you consider – size of the screen, features like optical drive and WiFi, connectivity options with your USB 3.0 docking station and Thunderbolt cables? If you think there is no salvation for you, hopeless tech ignoramus, don’t fret.
Here are three simple-to-understand instructions on laptop shopping:
· Size and weight will always be number 1 priorities.
Remember, you are shopping for a laptop because you are looking for a computer that is portable and handy. Maybe you are looking for something that you can easily transport from the office to home for you to work on a report, or something that you can tag around in coffee shops when inspiration strikes for your new article ala Carrie Bradshaw. Having a desktop certainly won’t do that for you. You may want to look into Chromebooks that are so light they look like oversized clutch bags. However, the smaller laptops are, they may sometimes sacrifice a lot of features already like less drives and slower performance.
· The CPU or processor is certainly a main consideration in laptop shopping.
Nowadays, laptop CPUs have greatly improved in performance, particularly in speed, so try to check with the computer salesman which processors are the fastest and combine them with the perfect size and weight for you. That way, you get the fastest model for you to transfer files through a multi-port USB 3.0 docking station easily.
· Lastly, RAM or memory is the third most important thing you should look for.
The amount of memory of a laptop includes two things: the amount of memory that the laptop’s system can handle and the memory that is in the computer, already installed. If you have found the first two components mentioned earlier and see that the laptop you’re eyeing has low memory, try to ask if a memory upgrade could be done.
See? That was not so hard. There are other factors to look for, such as displays, drives, and battery life, but you would pick up on that as you go along and get to have the hang of shopping around for laptops. What is important is that you don’t hesitate to ask questions when needed. Don’t hold your silence when there is much to be discovered and learned!