Guide to help you buy a new Laptop
Buying a new laptop can be a very confusing experience, but it need not be. You don’t need to know all the specifics about how much ram it has the CPU in it, or how the size of the hard disk. The amount of money you spend on a laptop directly relates to what you want to use the laptop for. Like everything the more you pay the better laptop you can get, but will you actually use all the extra features or power of that a more expensive laptop.?
So the biggest question you need to ask yourself is what do I want to use the laptop for and your answer should fall into one of three categories:
Surfing the internet, emailing, blogging word processing, accounts, storing pictures, light picture editing, general computer use.
Category 2 - All of category 1 plus....
Medium usage of image editing. Light movie making. Simple game playing. Website design. Large amounts data storing DVD’s music etc.
Category 3 - All of category 2 plus....
Heavy Gaming, 3d gaming, Movie making, High quality image manipulation. Creating music scores.
So depending on what category your answer falls into, we can generally give you an idea of what to spend. These amounts are just to give an idea if you want to spend more or less that’s entirely up to you. Category 1 you should spend less than £400. Category 2 you should spend between £400-600. Category 3 will required a more powerful laptop so you will be looking over £600.
Now you have a guideline on the amount you can spend you need to consider what brand. Everyone will have their own preferences of who to buy from. One person may have no problems with one brand where as someone else has had a nightmare. For instance you could have two laptops exactly the same as each other do exactly the same things except one will ultimately break before the other, so my advice is to go with the company that will best support you if you have any problems. Dell, HP and Acer are normally pretty safe bets.
If you’re not too bothered about which company it comes from then you could revert to an old classic way of deciding...... If it looks nice.
Once you have seen a model you like, don’t purchase there and then. Take the model number and plug it in to a search provider on the internet and see how the price in the shops compare to shops online. If you like buying what you see (i.e in a shop) knowing online prices may give you some bartering power with the shop keeper.
Good luck with your new purchase