Laptop Mistake One – Paying For Power You Won’t Use
There has never been so much choice when it comes to buying a new laptop. Nowadays, laptops come in many varieties with prices ranging from a few hundred for budget models right up to a few thousand for the latest i7 powered super laptops.
For this reason, it’s hardly surprising that when it comes to buying a new laptop the majority of non technical consumers simply don’t know where to start. They are often overwhelmed by technical information they don’t really understand and end up making laptop buyers mistake number one, paying for power they don’t need and will never use.
How Much Power Do You Really Need?
To answer this question and to make sure you don’t make the mistake of spending more than you need for power you won’t use you’ll first need to understand what you’ll actually use your laptop for.
The majority of users perform fairly basic tasks. For example web browsing, office tasks, social networking and watching videos. If this is all you’re likely to be doing on your newly purchased laptop then you really don’t need anything particularly powerful. In fact, an i3 powered laptop will provide more than enough power for your needs and can be purchased for less than £500.
If you are likely to be performing more intensive tasks such as video encoding or 3d rendering then you’ll benefit from a more powerful i5 with its “turbo” feature or even a quad core i7 processor.
Gamers should also be looking for a system that features a dedicated graphics card. Whilst integrated graphics solutions have improved in recent years they still aren’t powerful enough to run modern games at decent setting. Decent gaming laptops like the Nvidia GT540M equipped Acer 5750G will run modern games and can be purchased for between £500 and £600.
Laptop hardware has become increasingly powerful over the last couple of years. At the same time software makers have been working to improve the speed and reduce the weight of the software they produce. The combination of these two factors has meant that hardware has advanced beyond the requirements of most software and most users.
In fact, there has never been a better time to buy a new laptop. Even budget models have ample power for general tasks. But consumers often find themselves at the mercy of ruthless sales people, by understanding your computing needs you’ll be better equipped to make an informed decision and save yourself some money in the process.