Even as my generation had started going to school
who would’ve thought that our humble notebooks, capable of recording only a few limited pages of written information would, as we grew up, change in to their electronic avatar.
These new age notebooks or laptops are capable of storing hundreds times more of not just simple information but also complex multi media files and even provide us a gateway to connect with the world through the internet!If you look at it from a different perspective, what are laptops, if not the latest in notebooks? Clearly somebody thought of it and hence they got their other name- not just because of the resemblance in form but also in the basic function.
Today, almost every working professional’s life seems to be incomplete without a laptop. Not only do they provide instant connectivity with the world through the internet but they are also our second brain for completing computing and recording tasks. Considering the increasing demand of the laptops, today, every brand is supplying the machine in India.
HP/Compaq, Sony/Viao, Acer,Dell and Lenovo, all the biggies of the line are trying their best to woo the Indian customer with best of features and most competitive of prices. The average Indian consumer today has a number of choices while choosing a laptop. However, the question is that what is it that you should look for while purchasing a notebook computer.
Look Before You Leap
To begin with, it is but natural that you do a comparison of the different laptops available in your budget range. Internet can be a vital tool while doing comparison shopping. A number of websites today give a detailed list of features, specifications and reviews on what is available. Most of these websites also provide a buying guide of sorts which helps you in knowing what to look for in the machine that you are going to use for a wide range of tasks in your daily life.
So it is definitely advisable that you research a lot before you decide on one. Outline in brief points the requirements that you have from your laptop. Whether you will use it for office work or mostly for multi media features what kind of processing is it that you will do on it. Once you know what the basic things are that you need from your laptop it will be easier to identify the features that you want in it.
Features to Look for
However, after knowing what it is that you want from your Laptop you should also have a first hand knowledge of the basic features that are provided. While choosing a laptop, you should look for its storage capacity, processing speed, operating system and RAM.
A basic comparison of these features will show you what is the best available. The Hard Drive of the laptop will define how much of data can your laptop store on it. The larger the hard drive the more the storage capacity. RAM decides the memory of the machine while the speed of the processor will define how fast will be the performance of your laptop.
Good Add Ons
Other than that, Laptops today are also providing a string of features like Bluetooth, Infrared, webcam and a string of others for a better performance. If you are willing to spend more, these are the additional features that you should look for in your machine. Multi Media Card acceptability, Memory Card acceptability, number of USB ports etc are other features to be considered. Ideally, the better package you get in a lower price should be your best bet and you can get the laptop most suited for you.
26 February 2009 Hardware