Choosing A Best Rated Laptop

What should we be looking for when choosing a best rated laptop?

This is definitely a common question that comes up these days. I'll try to make your as easy as possible by sharing with you my experience as an individual with an IT background. Of course please take into consideration that my opinion might not be as objective as it should but even though it's based upon 15 years of experience in the IT arena.

In order to choose a best rated laptop, you'll need to answer a couple of basic questions. The first and most important question in my opinion would be ...

What is the main purpose of this computer?

If you're spending more than 20 secs pondering about the answer to this question, then perhaps it's still not the right time for you to buy a new best rated laptop but instead you may want to look at a cheap desktop computer to begin with. After you answer the first question, we can move on to the next question which you'll be able to determine the size of your laptop.

The three most common computer flat screen monitor sizes are:

12 inch display

Usually weights between 1.5 and 1.9 Kg. The battery of these computers last longer. They are suitable for a mobile computer with a lower productivity! Such computer will be suitable for you if you are traveling a lot. But it will not fit your needs if you work with graphics.

15 or 15.4 inch display

One of the most common displays among all. Weights between 2.8 and 3.2 kg. This machine is perfect for work and fun. You have to be aware that if you are an architect or a graphic designer for instance the display might be just a little too small for you.

17 inch display

Perfect for any purpose. This laptop can be a fine replacement of your desktop computer. Some of the new models come with TV-Tuner and a remote control. On these machines you can as well add a video card in order to fit you needs. The weight of these computers is around 4kg, which makes them not very suitable if you happen to travel a lot. The price is also higher compared to the smaller notebooks. However, another disadvantage is that the battery does not last as long as laptops with smaller screens!
Now that you have an idea of the different laptop screen sizes, let's move on to the next set of questions...

What type of processor is best for my laptop?

I won't be taking any sides as to whether AMD or INTEL is better, however, if you don't want to spend too much initially, going the AMD route is probably best. If you're content with your choice about INTEL, then let's proceed to choosing the next set of components for your laptop...

What about the Motherboard and Processor?

INTEL has several processor types available in the market - Celeron, Pentium M, Core Duo, Intel Core 2 Duo. Core Duo and Core 2 Duo would be your choice during 2007. These processors are with two cores (imagine as if you have two processors) and have higher productivity! I consider in my opinion that INTEL has some of the best motherboards on the market.

How much RAM do I need?

Often best rated laptops are being sold with 512 MB of RAM, which is enough for Internet, simple word processing, office programs and for small multimedia projects like music, online tv or movies. However, if you're serious about gaming or a graphic designer, or you are using programs that require higher performance you might need to be looking for at least 1GB of RAM. If it's in your budget, then I would definitely recommend 2GB of RAM

How much Hard Disk ( HDD ) space do I need?

With the cost of storage having gone down from years before, you can be rest assured that most best rated laptops these days come with at least 60GB or 80GB of storage space. Now another factor to take into consideration is the speed of the HDD which is the RPM. Most of today's HDD devices come standard with either 5400RPM/min or 7200RPM/min. If you want to process data with higher speeds get a “fast” HDD, go with the 7200RPM. If you want the battery to last longer, you should consider choosing a HDD with 5400RPM.

What type of Video Card is suitable?

There are various levels of video cards/graphics accelerators to consider when choosing best rated laptops. It really all depends on your budget and primary use of the laptop. If you're a gamer or graphic designer, then go with a graphics card that has at least 256MB of onboard memory. I recommend going with either ati video cards or ones with an nvidia chipset. However, for simple internet use and word processing, I would recommend at least 128MB of onboard memory just so can save yourself the headache of having to upgrade in 6 months when you do want to start playing some games.

So that's about it for this article. I hope you find it useful and will help you with your search for best rated laptops and discount computer accessories!

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