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What to look for when buying a laptop?

There is a lot of people who regret buying the "budget" or the "clearance" laptop. Or probably choosing more space for pictures (Hard drive) then processing power (CPU). This mistakes can cost a lot, because most of the times you can not upgrade. The only way to solve this, is buying another one.
Most people may think of Apple when talking about high-end computers. But there´s a vast array of brands and models running Windows too (at a way cheaper price).
- On a laptop, you want the best or fastest processor you can buy. That way it will not be obsolete in 2 years. DO NOT buy anything at least Core 2 Duo or Athlon II (less expensive). Of course try to aim for the Core i5 or i7 (if you really need speed - these microprocessors are blazing fast!).
- Also you would need more RAM. I recommend at least 4 GB. At least 2GB for regular users.
- If available, get the Windows 7 64-bits (for high end computing. 32 bits systems are limited, they cannot take advantadge of the system resources the way 64 bit does).
- For Hard Drives. More is not necesary the best option. The maximun size I recommend is 500Gb. And I´m saying from the Data Recovery point of view. Please remember, that hig-capacity-hard drives write information verticaly instead of horizontaly, meaning more job for the heads. Think of it as trying to squeeze more information in the same amount of space. Hard drives have not increase physicaly in size, just in the amount of data. In any case, please DO NOT forget to backup, backup, backup!
- If you need your laptop for high end programs, choose a laptop with a dedicated video card. That way you won´t share any cpu or memory resources. (This is not the case for a regular user).
- You will NEED to burn CDs or DVDs. Do not buy the one with the DVD player only. Blu-ray drives can be a little bit expensive
- Find a laptop with the most USB ports possible.
- For screen size. The most logical way of thinking is the BIGGER the BETTER. Well, that is the component adding most weight on a laptop and battery life. Please remember - the size of the laptop does not mean it has the fastest processor.

So, remember CPU and Memory are KEY components when buying a laptop. In case you run out of space for your pictures, you can easily upgrade your hard drive. I hope this tip will help you next time! Please provide positive feedback about this article. Thank you

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