Purchasing a new laptop can be a major financial decision. Laptops are quite expensive and you should not take making a decision about which one to by lightly. The following tips will help prepare you to make a well informed decision on what kind of laptop is right for you.

Size Matters

When purchasing a laptop, you need to consider its size and weight. Before making a decision, ask yourself "How often will I be carrying this laptop"? The answer to this question should help you decide what size laptop you'll require. If you plan to take your laptop on the go frequently, perhaps a smaller, lighter laptop is the best option. If you just intend to use your laptop in different parts of the house, a bigger laptop with a larger screen is ideal.

The keyboard size is another thing to consider before purchasing a laptop. Obviously, a larger sized laptop is going to have a larger keyboard as well. If you're worried about finger or wrist soreness as a result of typing too much on a tiny keyboard, you'll want to get at least a medium to large size laptops (15 to 17 inches).

The Touch Pad

Almost all modern laptops come equipped with a built-in touchpad. A laptop touchpad is an alternative to a typical mouse. A touch pad is used to control the cursor via the user's finger movement on the pad. Touchpad quality and style can vary greatly from laptop to laptop. Before purchasing a specific laptop, see if you can find a display model somewhere where you can try out the touchpad to make sure you find it comfortable.

Wireless Features

Modern laptops and wireless technology go hand in hand. Being mobile machine, wireless access to the internet is a very important feature for most potential laptop purchasers. Sure, you can always add wireless capabilities by means of a USB adapter or PC card adapter but this can be inconvenient. Almost all modern laptops are equipped to connect to WiFi networks out of the box, via internal network cards. The network cards come in varying speeds. If you want the fastest wireless connection speed, you'll want to purchase a laptop with a Wireless-N network card. Also, check for a SIM slot if you have a mobile internet provider.

Check the Ports

No doubt, at some point you'll want to connect peripheral equipment to your laptop through the USB ports and/or PC card slots. Make your life much less complicated by checking to see if the laptop you're thinking of purchasing has the ports you need and has enough of them. Think of all the devices you may be connecting to your laptop. Be sure the laptop has enough ports to handle all the ones you'll be connecting at the same time. This keeps you from having to constantly plug and unplug USB devices from your laptop while using your devices.

If, after checking the above aspects, you're still not sure if a particular laptop is right for you, check the model online and read some reviews before purchasing. Sometimes reading what other people had to say about the laptop in question can help you decide if it's going to be a good fir for you and worth the purchase.