The amount of choices in laptop computers available to you on the marketplace is daunting but it’s actually a good thing that there are so many because everyone has different needs. Like for you you might have your eye on a new desktop replacement laptop that can perform as good or better than your desktop. Or you could want something small that you can carry to the coffee shop that allows you to access wi-fi Internet.
You have 5 divisions of laptops to chose from. You can either get an entertainment, desktop replacement, ultra-portable, gaming and budget laptop computers. The entertainment, desktop replacement and gaming divisions sort of mirror each other but they each have their different needs.
Entertainment Laptops – When shopping for a laptop computer that you intend on using purely for music, movies and Internet, you’ll need some thing to make sure your experience is enjoyable. For one you need a good processor Intel Core 2 Duo and above will do just fine. Second you’ll need a screen 15″+ and it should be Full HD. Third you’ll need a blu-ray drive so you can watch and burn high quality movies in 1080p. Lastly you’ll need at least 4GB of memory and a hard drive larger than 320GB.
Desktop Replacement Laptops – These laptops are going to big and almost never carried outside of your home. A good desktop replacement has a 17″ or larger screen that is Full HD. You also will need one with HDMI and VGA out options so that you can hook your laptop to your HD or normal television set. You should also look into one with a Intel Core 2 Duo processor or higher to ensure you have enough computing power. Lastly make sure you have discrete graphics because that will allow you to game and enjoy blu-ray content better. Be aware that these laptops are seldom under $1000.
Ultra-portable Laptops – In this category, the best brand right now is ASUS they make the most reliable and visually attractive ultra-portable laptops. When shopping for an ultra-portable battery life is your only real concern. A good battery life time to look for is 7+ hours.
Gaming Laptops – If you want a really great gaming machine to be ready to shell out some big dollars. The best of best can cost in the $4000 neighbourhood, but you get the latest Intel and Nvidia hardware and the fastest memory so it’s not like your getting ripped off. When looking for a good gaming laptop make sure it has a discrete graphics card with at least 512MB of video memory. Secondly, make sure the processor is at least an Intel Core 2 Duo.
Budget Laptops – These laptops are for those that just want something that can let them go online and watch a few YouTube videos and that’s it. There are tonnes of these available. When looking for one of these just try to get one that has at least 3GB of memory and a 250GB hard drive. Some laptops to look for are the Dell Inspiron 15 and the Acer Timeline.