8 Essential Tips For Laptop Buying

“I guess every household already owns a PC or MacBook. But if you are already looking for a replacement for your old machine, you better be loaded with information of what you are really looking for. You need to have the basic understanding of the parts and specifications as this could affect the price of the machine. To guide you on your next shopping spree, here is a quick guide to checkout.”

 

Compact enough to carry with you, yet versatile enough to run demanding applications, a laptop is the best tool for doing serious work or play at home and on the road. While standalone tablets and smartphones are always popular, most people realize that everything from typing a research paper to crunching video or gaming works better on a laptop. And holding on to a 4 or 5 year old model won’t cut it. So what type of laptop should you get?

There’s a wide variety of sizes, features, and prices, which makes choosing the right laptop a challenge. That’s why you need to figure out what your needs are. To make the right call, just follow these eight tips.

1. Pick a Platform: Mac, Windows or Chrome OS?

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This is not an easy question to answer, especially if you’re not familiar with both Macs and PCs. But this quick overview of each platform’s strengths and weaknesses should help.

Chrome OS

Found on inexpensive, lightweight laptops such as the 11.6-inch Acer C720 and HP Chromebook 14, Google’s Chrome OS is the simplest and most secure platform around, but can also feel a bit limited. The user interface looks a lot like traditional Windows with an application menu, a desktop and the ability to drag windows around. The main type window you’ll be using is the Chrome browser and most “applications” are simply shortcuts to web tools.

Because it’s mainly a browser, Chrome OS is unlikely to get infected with malware or viruses and, if you’ve ever surfed the web on another computer, you’ll be right at home with the platform’s look and feel. The downside is that there are few offline apps and those that exist don’t always work well. However, if you need a device for surfing the web, checking email, social networking and doing online chats, Chromebooks are inexpensive, highly-portable and last a long time on a charge.

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Windows 8.1

Windows notebooks are generally more affordable than Macs (starting under $400) and offer a much wider range of design choices from more than a dozen major vendors. Unlike Apple, Microsoft and its partners allow users to buy notebooks with touch screens, as well as convertible designs that let you easily transform from notebook to tablet mode.

If you’re used to the Windows interface, but haven’t tried Windows 8.1, you may be in for a jarring surprise. The new OS has replaced the Start menu with a tile-based start screen and a raft of new full-screen, touch-friendly apps. However, Windows 8.1 still has a desktop mode for running all your existing apps and you can boot …

 

 

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