How to Choose a Laptop Computer

Level of difficulty: Easy

Laptop computer systems despite being lighter and smaller than their desktop computer counterparts have at times proven to be better, faster, and more reliable depending on the type of computing activity that you intend to undertake. For some, the laptop computer is not only a computing tool but also a symbol of style and mobility which many find a necessity rather than a luxury especially when dealing with a fast paced lifestyle. There are various types and configurations that are associated with laptop computers depending primarily on the manufacturer and other affiliated OEMs which make the decision making process when purchasing these types of devices a bit more complicated. The pricing and cost effectiveness of the laptop computer also comes into play during the decision making process on what brand and type of laptop should be bought.

Materials Needed:
- Internet connection
- Web browser
Step 1
When choosing a laptop, the first consideration would mainly be how it would be used. Ask yourself on what typical role the laptop would play in your computing world.
Step 2
Next, like any other type of purchase, you need to canvass and learn about the different capabilities of every particular model that interest you. The easiest way to do that is to surf the Internet and look at the website of the manufacturer.
Step 3
Visit various computer stores that sell laptops. Go through each model that interests you one by one. Check on the wait, how it feels in your hand, and how strong it is built. Remember that the laptop would most of the time be mobile and it needs to be sturdy but light.
Step 4
The keyboard is a bit smaller to compensate for its size. Try typing on the keyboard to get a feel of it and see if you are comfortable. It would be very hard to work if you are not comfortable typing on it.
Step 5
Look at the pointing device. Test it to see if it is responsive enough for you. There are various types of pointing devices depending on the laptop brand. Some may be more difficult to use and learn. Make sure that you will not have difficulty in using it.
Step 6
Another sensitive area is the temperature of the laptop. Because it is quite compact, there is always the possibility of overheating when used for extended periods. Check the bottom panel if it is uncomfortable to the touch. If it has cooling problems, it may have a questionable product lifespan.
Step 7
Give due attention not only to the size but also the resolution of the LCD. The screen of laptops usually range anywhere from 13 to 21 inches (the measurement is done diagonally). Balance out between the size and the resolution so that you will not have a hard time with the display in any lighting condition.
Step 8
Also make sure that there are ample ports to connect external devices. The more varied the ports, the better.
Step 9
In terms of connection, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capability are not only a must but should already be a standard. Make sure your preferred laptop has the capability to use these two wireless technologies.
Step 10
Last but most certainly not the least, it should already have an optical media burning device that is capable of reading DVD format discs. Laptops with CD burner drives usually mean it is an older model.


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