Tips when buying a Laptop, Netbook or Notebook

Netbook also known as Laptop is a personal computer designed for mobile use small enough to sit on one’s lap (and often not recommended). A laptop includes most of the typical components of a desktop computer, including a display, a keyboard, a pointing device (a touchpad, also known as a trackpad, and/or a pointing stick), speakers, as well as a battery, into a single small and light unit.

The rechargeable battery required is charged from an AC/DC adapter and typically stores enough energy to run the laptop for two to three hours in its initial state, depending on the configuration and power management of the computer.

As a PC repair technician, very often I’m called on to help customers select and buy computers and networking products. As follow are some special considerations you need to keep in mind when selecting a Notebook form factor.

1. The main advantage a notebook as over a desktop is portability. If you really do not require this, I rather recommend you to buy a Desktop instead. A notebook computer generally costs about twice as much as a comparable desktop system, when comparing speed, computing power, and features. Notebooks are generally slower than desktops because of slower processors, motherboard, hard drives and video systems. Notebooks generally cannot be upgraded as easily as a desktop and the upgrades cost more.

2. Most people buy a desktop expecting to be able to upgrade it over the course of its lifetime. Not so with notebooks. It is unlikely that you will be able to upgrade the processor, motherboard, or video, although you can upgrade memory or add a new Mini PCI card. In general, buy a notebook without expecting to upgrade internal components.

3. Because added features cost more on notebooks than a desktop and add to the weight of the notebook, don’t buy these extra features unless you really need them.

4. Servicing your own notebook when internal components break might not be possible because you might not be able to purchase the parts or obtain the instructions for
disassembling the notebook. Therefore, it’s probably a good idea to pay for the extended warranty.

5. Selecting the brand of notebook is your most important decision when selecting a notebook. As with any buying decision, do your research, read online reviews of notebooks and their manufacturer. Pay special attention to how satisfied customers are with the service when the notebook breaks.

6. Notebooks components are also very essential to guide you in your buying decision.

  • First of all you can Check the P.R.T, if you dont know
  • Buy the fastest processor that you can afford. Mobile processors are built to conserve power and take up less space.
  • LCD panel of screen, active matrix is better than dual scan, (include here also the resolution, contrast ratio, backlighting and size).
  • Buy as much memory as you can initially. Sometimes, to upgrade memory on a notebook, you must replace a module that has low RAM with one that has more RAM witch can make your upgrading decision more expensive.
  • As for today, the best type of battery to buy is a lithium battery.
  • Video and Audio output (like HDMI, Audio Digital).
  • At last you need also consider the weight and size of the notebook and  keyboard.

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