Laptop Buying Tips

Laptop Buying Tips

What to look for When purchasing a computer it is likely that you will have a general idea of what you May like in the computer or how you would like to configure the computer. Below is a listing of the various components likely to be found in a computer and recommendations and tips when considering any of the below components.

Processor

Recommended:

· Desktop Replacement Intel Core 2 Duo T9500/T9300

· Medium Laptops Intel Core 2 Duo T8300/8100

· Light Laptops Intel Core 2 Duo L7400/7500

· Ultra-Light Laptops Intel Core 2 Duo U7600

Minimum:

· Desktop Replacement Intel Core 2 Duo T8300

· Medium Laptops Intel Core 2 Duo T7500/7300

· Light Laptops Intel Core 2 Duo L7400/7500

· Ultra-Light Laptops Intel Core 2 Duo U760

 

Battery

Recommended:

· Lithium Ion battery with max. cells and additional component battery

Minimum:

· Single Lithium Ion battery with max. cells in base model

 

Memory

Recommended:

· 2 GB DDR2 667MHz

Minimum:

· 1 GB DDR 533MHz

 

Hard Drive

Recommended:

· 1 TB hard drive

Minimum:

· 500 GB hard drive

 

Optical

Recommended:

· DVD+/-RW drive internally

Minimum:

· DVD/CD-RW drive

 

Video

Recommended:

· NVIDIA GeForce 8000 series

· ATI Mobility Radeon 1250

Minimum:

· NVIDIA or ATI graphics

 

Screen

Recommended:

· Desktop Replacement / Medium/Light 17″ LCD screen

· Medium/Light 14″ LCD screen

· Ultralight 12.1″ LCD screen

Minimum:

· Desktop Replacement / Medium/Light 15″ LCD screen

· Medium/Light 14″ LCD screen

· Ultralight 12.1″ LCD screen

 

Sound

Recommended:

· Built-in sound with microphone, line inputs, and outputs

Minimum:

· Built-in sound with microphone

 

Speakers

Recommended:

· Built-in stereo speakers

Minimum:

· Built-in stereo speakers

 

Networking

Recommended:

· Built-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet

Minimum:

· Built-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet

 

Wireless

Recommended:

· Built-in 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth

Minimum:

· Built-in 802.11 a/g

 

Keyboard

Recommended:

· Full size

Minimum:

· Full size

 

Operating System

Recommended:

· Windows 7 or Windows 8

Minimum:

· Windows XP Pro or Vista Ultimate

 

Productivity Software

Recommended:

· Full office suite

Minimum:

· Partial office suite

 

Expansion Ports

Recommended:

· 3x USB 2.0 slots (at least one powered), USB 3.0, FireWire (1394a), Thunderbolt (if applicable), HDMI, Display Port, Ethernet, Card reader with SD slot, E-SATA, two headphone jacks, microphone jack, cable lock slot

Minimum:

· 2 USB 2.0 slots, microphone jack, headphone jack, some form of video output (mini Display Port, Display Port, HDMI, VGA, etc.)

 

Warranty

Recommended:

· 1-year

Minimum:

· 1-year

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