When buying a laptop, consider the operating system included, whether it be Windows Vista, Windows XP or Macintosh, and choose the right size and processor speed that fits the user's needs. Buy a laptop after researching several manufacturers with IT help from a software developer in this free video on computers.
Hi. My name's Dave Andrews. Today, I'm going to tell you a little bit about some things to consider when buying a laptop. Now the first thing you want to check out is what operating system is it going to run. The main ones now that are out on the market are Windows Vista, which is very popular, and MacIntosh, which is also very popular. Now, the two; some programs are written to be compatible with both MacIntosh and Windows Vista, but not all are. The majority of your market share is in Vista, but MacIntosh is gaining. And it has quite a few great software programs. The second thing you want to consider is the actual size of the laptop. Are you going to be carrying around the laptop? If that's the case, you don't want to get a big, massive laptop that you have to carry around with you, because that can get very heavy. You want a little smaller. They even make ones now that are called ultra portable laptops. Now, the way you can tell the size of a laptop, it's dictated by the screen size. So if somebody tells you they have a 17-inch laptop, they're talking about, actually, their screen size. And as you can see, the size of the screen basically dictates the size of the laptop. If I had a 20-inch viewable area, my laptop would be somewhere around this large., and that would be very hard for me to carry around. It would get pretty heavy. Another thing to consider is what does your laptop offer, media-wise. Can you run DVDs on it? Can you burn CDs? Can you play audio CDs? Now this laptop here has, actually at the top, a set of controls that allow you to control the DVD player. And that's one thing that I looked for when I bought it, because I wanted to be able to play DVDs. So if you're looking to watch movies, that may be one thing you look for. Another thing, also, is wireless capabilities. Most new laptop computers come with wireless capabilities, but you're going to want to make sure that it has 802.11G. And the newest is 802.11N. So these are some compatibilities that you're going to want to look for in your laptop. Now I'm also going to show you, when you're in the store, how to check the processor speed on your laptop. Let's just click on the start button. Right click on "Computer". Go to "Properties". Now the speed of the processor is a huge deal in laptops. And under the system settings, processor tab, you can see mine has an AMD Athlon 64-bit dual core that runs at 1.8 GHz. The higher those numbers, the better. My name's Dave Andrews, and I've just told you a little bit about buying laptop computers.