Guide to purchasing a laptop

Guide to purchasing a laptop

Choosing to buy a laptop in this day and age isn’t as difficult as you might think. Take me for example, I claim to know a lot about computer technology, and go on about how tech savvy I am, but I’m lying, I don’t know anything really about software or hard ware. However I do know how to go about making a decision when it comes to making a purchase for a laptop. I have compiled a little guide for the readers to assist you all when you decide your old Dell is starting to give up, much like mine!

Recently I was given the option to purchase a new laptop; all I had to do was look through the online catalogue of makes and models. At first this seems like a daunting task, as I don’t want to spend too much on a laptop that won’t last that long. Afterall most laptops don’t last as long as desktops and are much more difficult to repair or upgrade, unless you spend big bucks on a brand specific model. The first thing I did was filter the price to range from £250 to £500. To my dismay all other filters were not helpful to my search, as I couldnt search for specific graphics cards, only the size of the memory, the size of the screen and the makes.

Each laptop that I was presented with wasn’t what I was looking for, each had an amazing description as all products for sale should have, however I’m not stupid when it comes to laptop specifics. I know that if you want a cheap laptop for gaming, you need a dedicated graphics card. If you want a multimedia centre you need a lot of Ram and memory. I was after a good all rounder, so I was able to continue my work for Style Review, surf the internet with ease, and of course play a few games as well.

My search was on, and was proving difficult and most laptops in the price region that I had set, contained only integrated graphics cards, but had all the features I wanted bar the ability to play a couple of games. I finally stumbled across a very cheap Asus model that had everything I wanted and more, however upon trying to order it, I was informed that it was sold out. Of course there were none left, it was amazing! So back to the drawing board and the hunt re commenced. This time however I took to reading the product descriptions not just the laptop specifics.

This time I fared much better, I discovered a slightly more expensive model, just under £500, which had dedicated graphics, a lot of ram, quite fast, plenty of USB ports and a decent disk drive. The reviews weren’t as positive as the previous design, however I wasn’t about to let that put me off, which in most cases often does. The graphics card, however I didn’t recognize the name that the description had stated, so in this particular case, I did what everyone should do when you don’t know what you’re dealing with. GOOGLE IT! Google had identified the GC as a GeForce model, which I was delighted with as I know Geforce is a reputable brand, and are good for gaming.

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Choosing a budget computer

Choosing a budget computer

 

When it comes to computers I think I may have searched everywhere online for the best deals. However I believe that I have narrowed down a few sources where you can make the best budget purchase that you can. If you feel that you can beat my comparisons then please feel free to comment afterwards.

 

Now my first desktop tower I’m going to look at is from Tech Inventory, the Lenovo Think Centre Edge 72 Desktop. This appears to be a nice cheap all rounder, a fairly basic exterior with the as per standard disk drive. The Lenovo retails for just under £300, however it doesn’t come with a monitor, but does have built in speakers. The desktop comes with a dual core Pentium processor, 64 – bit resolution, 500GB HDD and Intel HD graphics card. Accessories include a keyboard, optical mouse and comes with Microsoft Windows 8 Pro installed.  

 

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