Weed through the laptop technology jungleWhether you're buying new, refurbished or used laptops, you'll find that you keep running up against the same basic concerns. As computers continue to get smaller, faster and more advanced, you'll have to sort through various generations of laptops that come in different sizes, with different features, and require different standards of care.
Your best strategy for weeding through the forest of options is to focus on the basics. Essential laptops basics that you should take into account before a first purchase include:
- Sort through laptop computers for sale by basic criteria: Size, weight and make.
- Understand the variety of processors and other features you're likely to encounter from laptop suppliers.
- Make sure you can properly care for your new laptop.
Choose business laptops that won't break your back
Decode cryptic notes from laptop manufacturersYou'll find laptops running on a variety of processors with exotic sounding names like Intel, Athlon, Celeron and more. While there is no standardized naming convention for laptops and processors, there is a standardized measure for speed. Look for a number followed by "Ghz" after the brand name; the higher the number, the faster the processor speed.
Take good care of your notebook computerMuch like a desktop computer, notebooks will last longer if they're given proper care. The same general guidelines apply to laptops as to other sensitive electronic devices, like don't drop them, don't immerse them in any liquid and don't drop things on them.
Riverland Community College and Streetdirectory both offer useful tips for taking proper care of a laptop computer.
- If the prices on laptop computers for sale give you sticker shock, consider purchasing used or refurbished laptops. You'll get the same machine for a fraction of the cost, often with a warranty. Buying refurbished usually guarantees that the machine has passed inspection, as opposed to out-of-the-box purchases which may or may not have been directly inspected.
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