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Features to Pay Attention to When Laptop Hunting

Business Technology | December 19, 2012

What really matters when you’re purchasing a new laptop? New York Times writer Sam Grobart suggests that it’s not processor speed or a laptop’s graphics card that counts. Instead, typical laptop buyers – those who want to search the Internet, watch movies, send e-mail messages, and write reports on their machines – look at more down-to-earth measures of a laptop’s worth. In particular, Grobart suggests that consumers look at such mundane factors as a laptop’s weight, screen size, and memory.

Weight matters

The reason that weight is so important might be obvious. Laptops are supposed to be portable. The more it weighs, the more stress it will put on your back as you tote it around. Search for a laptop that is less than 6 pounds. Thankfully, most laptops weigh less then that.

Screen size

For people who will be watching a lot of videos or movies, a good screen size to aim for is one that measures 13 inches diagonally. This is the perfect size to watch movies and it is small enough to transport around in most bags.

Memory

One important feature to look out for is how much RAM a laptop has. Most individuals are going to need laptops that have at least 4 gigabytes of RAM. If you choose anything less, your computer will be too slow and may create lag when you’re streaming movies. One helpful tip that Grobart gives is that when you are utilizing your laptop, either keep it plugged in or keep your power cord on hand. This way you don’t have to worry about the battery.

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