Buying an Acer Laptop

By: Sean Clark

Laptop computers, are, however, on the whole, still more expensive, and less powerful, than desktop computers. It is wise, therefore, to look at some of the key features, in the light of your own requirements, in order to make an informed purchasing decision.

Key Considerations

Processor speeds are measured in Mega- (one million), or Giga- (one thousand million), Hertz, often shortened to "MHz" and "GHz", and these figures can be useful for comparing like with like. It would be fair to say that for most everyday computing tasks, such as word processing, Internet browsing or email, even a fairly low specification, modern laptop will cope admirably well. More intensive applications, including computer video games, may benefit from more processing power, but a 1GHz processor is likely to be adequate even for these. In fact, laptop processors with clock speeds up to 3GHz are available. The Acer EX4220 Laptop, for example, features an Intel Celeron M530 processor, with a clock speed of 1.73GHz.

Another important consideration with regard to laptop performance, of course, is the amount of memory - often referred to as "Random Access Memory", or "RAM" - that it contains. RAM is where running applications, and data, are stored, and if a laptop has too little, processes will need to be constantly "swapped" in, and out, resulting in poor performance. It is a good idea, therefore, to check the recommended requirements for the operating system (Windows, Mac, etc), and software applications that you intend to use with a laptop.

Most laptops provide an input device, such as a "trackpoint", or "trackpad", as an alternative to a standard computer mouse. These devices can have varying degrees of sensitivity, and accuracy, and may take some getting used to. Most laptops do, however, include the facility to attach a standard mouse, and, indeed, a standard keyboard, if you find the laptop keyboard too small, or too "fiddly".

About Acer

Acer, with its headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan, was originally established in 1976, under the name "Multitech". In the intervening 30, or so, years, the company has grown out of all recognition, and is now a global leader in the manufacture of high quality, innovative computer products. Acer laptops are the best selling brand in Western Europe, and are renowned for their build quality, and competitive pricing.

Conclusion

If you are a business traveller, or, indeed, anyone else, who needs access to complete computing resources whilst on the move, the chances are that a laptop computer is the right choice for you. You will, however, probably need to compromise between a screen that is large enough to be viewed comfortably, for an hour, or two, at a time, and the overall physical size, and weight, of a laptop. Most laptops are powerful enough to cope admirably with most standard applications, but, if performance is your main concern, remember to leave room in your budget for extra processing power, and memory.

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