How to Select a Laptop or a Notebook

Personal laptop computers have revolutionized the way people work, learn and find entertainment. With so many different laptops and notebooks on the market, it can be difficult to know which to choose. Purchasing a computer is a serious investment, so some care should be taken to ensure you get one to meet your needs. Some thoughtful research will ensure that your laptop or notebook is exactly what you need for years to come.

Instructions

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      Assess how you intend to use your computer. This will play a large role in which computer you buy. For example, if you plan to use your computer for work or simple computing, you may not need a computer with a lot of RAM or storage capability. However, if you plan to use your computer often for gaming or large software programs, you will need a computer with memory and strong imaging capability.

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      Create a budget to work within for your computer purchase. This is another strong factor in determining what notebook or laptop you buy. Generally, 5- to 10-inch screen notebooks designed for simple Internet usage and word processing are very affordable, sometimes as low as $100 to $200, while larger laptops with more capabilities can be upwards of several thousand dollars.

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      Choose a screen size for your notebook or laptop. If you plan to take your laptop around with you often for leisure purposes, choose a smaller screen so it's easy to carry. However, if you plan to use your laptop frequently for work, a larger screen will help prevent eye strain, especially if you already have vision limitations.

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      Consider the weight of your computer and how it will fit into your needs. As a laptop, you will want it to be as portable and lightweight as possible. However, if you intend for your laptop to be a substitute for a desktop, the weight may not be as important to you as storage capacity.

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      Talk with friends about your intended purchase. It is likely that other notebook and laptop users will have opinions about available products, so try to take them to heart when weighing your options. Other resources are computer product review websites and magazines.

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