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Laptop Buying Guide 2012

Laptop Buying Guide 2012

May 30, 2012 6:12 am0 comments

A laptop has become a very indispensable equipment in these modern times which makes it difficult to choose the right model that would best fit your needs and lifestyle.

This guide will be great help as it provides a list of different laptops that are designed to meet particular needs and specifications of the user while discussing at length important information about the CPU, hard-drive, Ram and networking options.

You will have a chance to read interesting accounts of users about their experiences with their laptops that may be helpful as you consider which features your laptop should have that would best serve your needs.


There may be not a lot of them these days, but PC Gamers are considered as the ultimate enthusiasts. Desktops are usually preferred for gaming needs because of its capability to be optimized, the heavy duty components, and better overall cooling system. Although, gaming laptops have evolved significantly, through the years.

Budget wise, the P-series laptop by Gateway is a good buy, despite the older parts. For 3D gaming, we recommend a gaming laptop with and Intel Core 2 Quad or Core i7 processor or with a high-end GPU, like Nvidia GeForce N260. Alienware is one of the more flashy and expensive brands. Unlike the usual gaming laptops, it is customizable allowing you to upgrade your hardware at anytime.

The students

Foremost among the criteria of students when they consider buying a laptop, are its affordability and the convenience of having it handy wherever they go. There is a variety of compact, portable notebooks to choose from, that are equipped with low power systems and within a reasonable price range of not more than $500. The only thing you will contend with are its small screens and underpowered single-core CPUs.

Another alternative is a 13-inch ultra thin and light laptop, although it is not as portable, but has more coverage in terms of viewing when you have to research or work on your paper trail. These have dual-core CPUs and often include optical drives. A perfect example would be the 13-inch MacBook.

The videographer and/or photographer

Gamers require a laptop that has more power in terms of processors, separated graphic cards and faster hard drives and the same goes for multimedia aficionados. Their top priority is resolution and definition, so only a laptop that has high standards in regards to those features is needed for their art.

The MacBook Pro of Apple is the best choice for high-definition and high-resolution laptops. The 15 and 17-inch Macbook Pro use a video-editing software called the Final Cut that attends to their specific multimedia editing needs. This program is only available for Macs, but other platforms can use Adobe Photoshop.

We recommend a 17-15-inch screen that runs at a high native resolution with a RAM of at least 8GB to accommodate applications that use a lot of memory. A faster 7,200rpm hard disk drive with a 500GB storage capacity.

The business traveler

Businesspeople who often travel, normally require a laptop they could use, to literally carry their office and file cabinets with them at all times. The laptop must have the capability to access data, security and management tools along with a reliable system to safeguard data.

Dell’s Latitude and Lenovo’s ThinkPad are ideal laptops for even the busiest business traveler. These brands offer significant security features such as TPM chips and Intel’s vPro platform, hardware components and internal software that work in congruence with your operating system.

The home user

If you are none of the above, you fall into this category. Laptops are primarily used for everyday functions like homework of movie watching on Hulu. These laptops are usually chained to one desk with occasional trips from room to room. People use this for leisure purposes like in bed, road trips and the like.

The typical choice of home users is the standard 15-inch laptop, but the 14-16-inch laptops are gaining popularity. All PC makers make mainstream laptops for this population. They have more similarities than differences as compared to high-end laptops.

A mainstream laptop is built with components equal to 2GB RAM, an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, a hard drive with at least 250 Gig storage and a DVD burner. Some upgrade it with a Blu-ray drive or install a graphics card.

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