How To Choose the Right Laptop.

Everyone needs advice when it comes to buying a laptop. There are quite a few things to take into consideration. Ask yourself the following questions before purchasing.

1. Windows, Apple or Linux? Remember, not all software and hardware works with Linux or Apple, for example Sage Accounts. Make sure the software you use on a regular basis is compatible with the Operating System of your choice.

2. Screen Size. One of the most important decisions that you will have to make in regards to laptops is the screen size. The average is 15.6″ which is a good in between size for most users. However, if your laptop sits on a desk most of the time, we recommend having a look at laptops with 17″ screens. On the other hand, if you do a lot of travelling and have to carry your laptop around a lot, we would suggest looking at 15.6″ screens or smaller. The HP Elitebook series of laptops are a very good choice for commuters asthey are fast, light and compact at 14.1″

3. CPU Speed. The most expensive component of a laptop can be the CPU, also known as the Processor. Currently Intel Celeron, Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 are the standard in processors along with the AMD equivalents, which are usually slightly cheaper, but not as fast when runnning most applications. We recommend Intel for your requirements. Celeron is the cheapest and slowest processor, suitable for running a couple of applications at a time, but nothing heavy duty. Core i3 is the next step up, but they are a lot quicker and not much more expensive than the Celeron. Core i5 is great for everyday computing and light gaming. Core i7 is the top end processor and will pretty much handle anything you can throw at it, including games, photo editing software and multiple applications running all the time. To put it into persepective, we have never had a customer buy a laptop with a Core i7 CPU and then say that it doesn’t do what they require.

4. Hard Drive Type & Size. Do you download a lot of videos, music and photographs? If the answer is yes, then a large hard drive over 500GB is recommended. If speed is your priority, have a look at a laptop with a Solid State Drive (SSD). The difference is speed is well worth the extra price.

5. Customer Support & Warranty. In most tests that have been carried out regarding customer suppoort and warranty services, Apple, Asus and Lenovo come out on top. In our own experiences we would agree, but we would add Sony and Toshiba high up on the list. Acer can be very good, depending on what country you live in. In the USA and Canada, Acer treat their customers like adults. If a DVD drive fails, they will send out a replacement drive so that you can replace it yourself or have a technician install it for you. In the UK you have to ship the laptop away for 2 weeks, which is no use at all.

We hope you find this guide useful. If you have any questions or need any advice, head over to our Facebook or Twitter page and drop us a line, we will get back to you ASAP!


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