Laptops have become the backbone of portable media. These devices initially started as portable computers that did not have the same speed or storage space as the desktops. Laptops were portable and this was their best feature.
If we skip to present day laptops it is almost hard to believe that anyone would even prefer a desktop over a laptop. These devices – unlike the older laptops – have huge hard drives, large amounts of memory, and wireless connectivity that makes them great for portability.
Great portable devices were always the intention for laptops, but people are also buying them to fulfill their needs for home use as well. The laptops require a lot less space and they can be carried from room to room without disconnecting and reconnecting several cables.
With the great demands for these portable computers everyone seems to want to go out and buy one. Before anyone makes a purchase of this magnitude they should consider several of the things that are listed below.
For starters the type of operating system the user will be utilizing should be determined. This is probably the most important thing to access. The reason behind this is based on the resources used by different operating systems. Microsoft operating systems, for example, use a considerably larger amount of memory and hard drive space. There are open source operating systems such as Fedora and other Linux systems that use a lot memory to operate. What this translates into for the buyer is memory. If you’re putting all of your stock into Microsoft it would be beneficial to buy a system with at least 2GB of memory. The new operating systems produced by Microsoft will require this much to run effectively. Freeware or open source coded operating systems utilize a lot less memory.
Once this has been settled it’s important to select a hard drive that’s sufficient for the files that you actually need. It’s easy to get tempted by a cheaper system with a hard drive that’s a lot less than you require. This may be okay for a while, but if you have a large music or movie collection don’t overlook this criteria. Buy the system with the bigger hard drive. You can neglect this advice only find yourself rushing out to buy an external hard drive a couple of months later because you ran out of hard drive space.
The parts listed above are the internal specifications that you need to be specific about. Of course you can buy more memory or a bigger internal drive later. You’d have to ask yourself, however, why you would consider doing this. Where’s the logic in upgrading a new computer? It’s best to spend the extra money upfront and be satisfied with the purchase.
After you have specified the internal hardware take time to pay close attention to your external features. Currently everything appears to be connected through USB ports. Make sure you have lots of these. It may even be important to visualize how many things you plan to plug into to USB ports. If you don’t have enough on the laptop make a mental note to pick up a USB hub before leaving the store. These USB hubs can give any computer more USB ports.
When you check out the USB connections you should also look for the USB 3.0 connections. The current standard is 2.0, but 3.0 will soon shadow the 2.0 versions with faster speeds. Prepare for the future before it comes. The USB 3.0, for example, will be the standard very soon. There’s no need to buy technology that will be outdated if newer technology is available. This is another thing that will save you the hassle of running out for additional parts later.
These tips are important things to consider before buying a laptop. It will help you make wise decisions when you are ready to buy.