Buying a computer, no matter the reason, can be a chaotic and difficult task. There are so many things to consider, so many options and features to go with software and programs that it can lead to a ton of headaches. However, for the past few years many documents and articles have provided assistance when it comes to helping users figure out what type of computer they should purchase whether it’s for business or recreational reasons. Even the portable computers need to be taken into consideration. Here are just a few of the many factors that go into buying a laptop computer.

The Budget

Definitely consider your budget when looking to purchase a laptop computer. Figure out what you’re going to be using your computer for the most and determine what parts will be included in the computer. From there research the parts and try to get an estimated value for how much these parts will cost. Once you have everything figured out, compare the total price with the amount of money you have saved and/or intend to invest into the PC or Mac at a later date.

What Brand?

Laptop PCs come in many models and brands. Like cars, each brand has its own unique look and feel. Macs, on the other hand, are products of Apple and so they all have a similar look and feel. If you love Apple products, a Macbook may be the right computer for you. If not, there are other companies with good computers such as:

  • Dell
  • HP
  • Acer
  • Gateway

The Perfect Processor

One of the most important parts to spend on a computer, if not THE most important, is the computer’s processor. The processor is what gives the computer its ability to handle multiple programs and files at one time. It is the “brain” of the computer. You can have the coolest looking computer in the neighborhood, but without a good brain it’s never going to use its full potential. Invest most of your budget money into getting the best processor possible.

RAM It!

RAM (short for Random Access Memory) is the amount of memory your PC can take and store data in. With a large enough amount of RAM, your PC will be able to store data quickly and efficiently allowing it to devote more of its energy towards the processors that provide lightning fast speed.  It’s recommended to get at least 4 gigabytes of RAM. The more hardcore PC users may want to look towards 8 gigabyte options.

Constant Travel

If you’re someone who is always traveling for business purposes, or you simply need to take a computer everywhere you go, then you have to be careful with knowing what laptops are best for long distance travels and what laptops are preferred for walking around the house with. A good majority of that decision depends on the lithium batteries within the laptop. If you need to go for hours and hours without plugging the laptop in, then you need batteries that can last for days without needing to be charged. Otherwise, cheaper batteries that have a moderate amount of power time is best for the casual laptop owner.


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