Laptop advice and help – choosing a laptop
Introduction to choosing a laptop
Choosing a laptop is not a simple decision, and probably will involve you delving through tons of technical documents and jargon, just to be at the end of it completely none the wiser.
First off, ignore all the jargon like cpu speed, and look at the way you would use the machine, think about things like it’s likely environment, what are it’s primary uses likely to be, how is it likely to be handled? For instance do you require it to be just used at home permanently nestled in the corner, or are you likely to use it as a gps navigation device whilst mountain climbing in sub zero temperatures?
OK so the sub zero temprature part we’ll leave alone for this article, but you get my point? Link these two factors up with what your budget is, and you are armed with a good deal of the knowledge you will need to make the correct choices.
Factors in choosing a laptop
1. The laptop’s environment, this; in the life of a laptop can be anything from – bouncing around in the boot of a car to sitting unmoved on a desktop apart from the odd dusting. For most users of laptops it’s usually a mixture of both, plus a few train journeys, a little sunbathing over the park or in the garden, a few slips from the lap onto the floor and the odd, “It’s my turn now – Mum!” scream from the kids.
Why should the environment affect my decision? I hear you ask. Well imagine this scenario; Your in the shop, with your pockets full of money, and you spot a shiny laptop you just have to have. You think, great I can do some work at home, reply to emails whilst sitting in that long boring train journey home, and best of all it looks great. What you should be thinking is – How is the weight of the laptop going to affect my shoulder whilst I carry it from office to train station to bus stop to home each working day and will the battery last long enough.
2. The laptop’s use, mostly this can be classed into two types, business and home usage. For the typical business user, battery life may be a more important factor than say a DVD re-writer, where as for the home user, who may well run the laptop from the AC adapter most of the time, battery life would be way down the list of decisive factors.
But this is really where you need to start making a wishlist of what you will and would like to use the laptop for, just try and think of a list of ten things and then priorities them.
3. Laptop budget. This is the part where, if your wishlist above overstretches your budget, you will need to loose one or two of the lower prioritiesed items. I guess for most people, this is the one factor they find the hardest to be flexible on, but think about finance, most of the major manufacturers offer finance direct from their websites.
I would advise everybody buying a laptop to take out an extended warranty plus additional accidental damage cover, if it’s not covered on your home contents insurance. The warranty speaks for itself, laptops are designed to be mobile and things that move around go wrong more than stationary objects. So remember to factor these extra costs into your budget.
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