Discount Laptops - Looking For The Features That Count

By: John Ducharne

A little over a decade ago, hardly anyone owned a computer. Now, not only are desktop computers standard in any American household, but laptop computers are a relatively new, enduring trend because they are lightweight and portable. Many college students and businesspeople cannot imagine life without a computer notebook! So if you are ready for your laptop computer, here is small tutorial on how to find the discount laptops available.

The first step is to think about what you need from your laptop. This will by no means be the same for everyone. For example, one person may be more concerned with a laptop's wireless connectivity while another might be more concerned with battery life. So, essentially, a laptop user and a laptop must be compatible.

However, there are many factors that determine the performance of a computer and the more of them that you can learn about, the better equipped you will be to shop around. Thus, the second step is to learn what all the technobabble means.

The discount laptops will not only have lots of memory, but they will have many other things going for them as well. A processor determines the speed of the computer, and you should choose a laptop that has more than 1.4 GHz. A laptop's system memory, which establishes how well the computer runs and the number of different user tasks it can handle at once, should be at least 128 MB. But some laptop computer shoppers may want an even higher memory, since memory upgrades on laptop computers are not as easy as those for desktop computers.

Screen size is also important - you will be able to view more information, at a higher resolution, the larger the screen is. But as long as the computer screen is at least 12.1 inches diagonally, you should be okay. Batteries in newer discount laptops are almost always long lasting (3 to 7 hours), but if you can, buy a laptop computer with a lithium ion rechargeable battery.

The hard drive, which basically stores all the data on a computer, is probably the most glaring feature. But depending on what you are using your laptop for, the hard drive size can be as small or as large as you like.

Another important factor in buying a laptop computer is the keyboard! Because a laptop is so compact, sometimes the keys can be too small for typing. Make sure to practice typing on the laptop you're eyeing. Also, don't forget to look for other features like a DVD or CD drive. Maybe you want to be able to watch a movie on your next airplane flight or maybe you are up for saving money by not buying a laptop with those added bonuses.

As long as you give serious thought to what exactly you are shopping for, you can then narrow down your options dramatically and compare prices of only the discount laptops out there.

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