Buying a laptop guide

Laptops can provide the computing performance you need while you’re on the move. They are ideal for everything from gaming with mates and editing digital photo albums to business and multimedia. 

Prices for laptops go from £200 to over £1000. So which laptop to buy? In this guide we will provide some guides that you can follow that will help you to buy the right laptop for your needs.

The two main aspects of the laptop are the processor and RAM. 

Processor

The processor is the brain of a computer and is a great indicator of its performance capabilities as a whole. A more powerful processor not only means your laptop will run faster, it also allows you to run programs that lower spec PCs struggle with, including photo editing, graphic design and music creation software. Intel and AMD are the two main manufacturers, which each offer a wide variety of processors to suit any use. We will not discuss which company provides the best processors, however if you wish to find out there are plenty of forums that will discuss the matter. 

Intel processors range from the Celeron and Pentium range, which are ideal for efficient everyday home computing, to the Core i3, i5 and i7 range, wh​ich offer incredible performance for gaming and professional level creative work.The AMD range starts with the A4 for basic computing and tops off with the FX series, which delivers serious power for in-depth gaming and running high-end software at its best. So when looking to buy a laptop ask yourself what usage will you give to the laptop and you will find out which processor you will need.

If you are looking for a laptop to write assignements and use social media a Core i3 or equivalent would be suffecient. If you are looking for a laptop to play games or to edit filmes a Core i7 or equivalent would be more appropriate, because those taks will need more power to run. 

 

RAM (Random Access Memory)

RAM is your computer’s memory. The more it has, the more programs your laptop can operate at the same time without having to pause to load more data.

The average computer has at least 4 GB RAM these days, and this should be the minimum to look for in a normal laptop. For complex tasks such as advanced photo processing, gaming or music production, you should consider systems with at least 6 GB.

Hard Drive

Hard drive is where you store all your data. Some part of the hard drive is used to store the Operating System or OS. The rest of the hard drive can be used to install software and store documents, pictures and movies

There are two main types of hard drive. HDD's (Hard Disk Drives) are more common and can store huge amounts of data. These are the standard type of drive you’ll find in most computers.

The other types are called SSD's (Solid State Drives). These contain no moving parts, are much faster to start up than HDD's, and they consume less power allowing your battery to last longer. However, they usually have a smaller capacity. You’ll find these more frequently in 2-in-1 convertible laptops and Ultrabooks.

If you are looking for speed and performance you should consider buy a laptop with a Solid State hard drive. If you are only worry about storage a standard hard drive will be sufficient.

Operating System or OS

An operating system (sometimes abbreviated as "OS") is the program that, after being initially loaded into the computer by a boot program, manages all the other programs in a computer. The other programs are called applications or application programs. The application programs make use of the operating system by making requests for services through a defined application program interface (API). In addition, users can interact directly with the operating system through a user interface such as a command language or a graphical user interface (GUI).

Your computer's operating system (OS) manages all of the software and hardware on the computer. Most of the time, there are many different computer programs running at the same time, and they all need to access your computer's central processing unit (CPU), memory, and storage. The operating system coordinates all of this to make sure 

 

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