Laptop Buying Tips

Laptop Buying Tips

With so many laptops out on the market today it is very easy for a consumer to get lost in the sea of technical specifications especially if you are not an avid laptop or PC user. Laptops come in an array of colors, sizes and specifications that trying to know where to start seems like a daunting task. This article was written to help demystify some of the technical mumbo jumbo so that your next laptop purchase will be a well informed one. Below are 3 of most important things you should look at when buying a laptop.

CPU Speed

The CPU or central processing unit of your laptop is the brains of the device, whether it's an application, printer, or your operating system all functions are managed by that chip. The speed of the CPU is measured in gigahertz denoted as Ghz. The faster the CPU speed the more processing power your laptop has. More processing power equals less wait time for things such as web pages or files to come up.


Random access memory is temporary storage memory that allows you to view web pages, write word documents and do anything on your computer that requires view or write access on a temporary basis. If you did not have RAM everything would be saved to your hard drive and you would quickly run out of memory. Ram speeds are measured in megabytes and gigabytes. At this point in time Ram standards in most new laptops are anywhere between 2 and 4 gb. Ram compliments your CPU, by taking some of the workload off its hands. The more ram you have the faster your laptop response times are.

Hard Drive Space

Just like laptops hard drives come in so many shapes, sizes and flavors it's hard to distinguish what is enough or not enough. Sizes range anywhere from 250 gigabytes to 1 or 2 terabytes. As a general rule of thumb if you are planning to save lots of video or photographs go with at least 1 terabyte of hard drive storage and nothing less than 500mb. If you work with a lot of text files 250 gigabytes is more than enough.

Additional Things To Consider

While CPU speed, Hard drive and Ram space are the top three things to consider. Don't forget to look into battery life and different types of connections such as usb slots and different types CD rom options.