How to Select the Perfect Laptop
What are you getting a laptop for?: About 80% of laptop users usually use their laptops for performing variety of everyday and light computing tasks, such as checking emails, surfing the web, watching movies and running MS Office applications. If you fall within this 80 percent, you should get yourself a mainstream laptop that can start from as low as $400. These models are generally the cheapest type of full-featured laptops in the market. Netbooks will be perfect for anyone who is looking to get a little laptop for surfing the web occasionally.
If you are planning to use your laptop to perform heavy-duty tasks and running big applications (like Photoshop) on a regular basis, it is best for you to get a more powerful model. Make sure that you get a laptop with at least a mid-range processor and lots of RAM. These range of laptops usually cost around $550-$700.
For those who are planning to play lots of games (especially 3D games), you might want to consider investing on gaming laptop. These laptops are usually very costly (starting from at least $1500), but will be worth every cent if you can afford the price tag. They also happen to be the most powerful type of laptops.
How often do you travel around with your laptop?: If you are someone who need to frequently use their laptops on the go, it is best to get an ultra-portable laptop. Since the launch of the MacBook Air, many other companies have been launching their own versions of it. Ultra-slim and light laptops from Asus and Acer especially are very affordable and come with great feature sets.
If you just need a small laptop for surfing the web, checking emails and doing some light computing work (that doesn’t involve heavy word processing or anything that require a large screen size), a netbook will make an ideal choice. On the other hand, those that seldom travel around with their laptops should get the biggest laptop that they can afford. Larger models are much more comfortable to use and have much bigger screens that would be a delight to use.
What is your budget?: Laptops are getting cheaper and cheaper nowadays where you can get yourself a full-features laptop starting from just around $350. If you have a bigger budget, you can always choose to invest on a more powerful model or on a ‘designer’ brand. Brands like Apple and Sony cost a little more than usual but they do have their own set of very unique features. If you have a smaller budget, brands such as HP, Asus, Gateway and Acer will make excellent choices as well.