Main Profile

At A Glance

How to Buy a Laptop Computer

Watch more Laptop Tips & Fixes videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Buy your first or next laptop computer using these tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: List wants and needs Take the time to identify your wants and needs to narrow down your search and clarify what you're looking for. Make a separate list for each to help keep stay on budget -- if the cost is too high, remove features from your want list to bring it down to a more practical price. Step 2: Decide on size Decide on your screen size. A 14- or 15-inch screen is basic for laptops. A larger 17- or 19-inch screen can replace most desktop computers. A smaller 7- or 10-inch netbook is more travel friendly. Tip Smaller notebooks usually have smaller amounts of memory, and often lack the latest bells and whistles in exchange for portability. Step 3: Consider screen resolution Consider a high or low resolution screen. Resolution, measured in pixels, determines what you can see and fit on the screen. A higher resolution offers clearer images but smaller default text size. Step 4: Look at battery life Look at the battery life for each of your choices. The more powerful the computer, the quicker it will eat up a battery -- but while a weak laptop will stay on longer, it can leave you wanting more later on. Tip Consider investing in a larger replacement battery, especially if you're constantly on the move. Step 5: Get a powerful processor A powerful CPU will speed up operations and allow you to do multiple tasks at one time. Anything above 2 gigahertz is appropriate for general usage. Step 6: Go for a big hard drive Go for a hard drive that is at least 250 gigabytes, especially if you download of lot of music or movies. Step 7: Shop around Shop around or go online to find the best deals. If you can wait, time your purchase around back to school or after Christmas to get the best bang for your buck. Did You Know? In 2010, the MC-1 notebook claimed the title of world's smallest computer with a 4.8-inch screen and 4 gigabytes of memory.
Length: 02:22


Questions about How to Buy a Laptop Computer

Want more info about How to Buy a Laptop Computer? Get free advice from education experts and Noodle community members.

  • Answer