An Explanation of Key Terms
With many laptops available on the market today it can be bewildering choosing a new laptop. There are so many different options so it is important to understand what they all mean.
The first thing many people notice when they are purchasing a new laptop is the processor. This is frequently considered the most important specification in a laptop as it is one of the features that controls the speed at which a laptop will operate. The processor is what actually does all the calculations and processing that a computer needs to perform - both for the operating system and user applications. A processor's speed is measured in hertz (Hz) or gigahertz (GHz). Another important thing to note about the processor is whether it is dual core or not. A dual core processor will run much faster than a single core processor.
Another key factor that controls the speed of the laptop is its RAM. RAM stands for random access memory and is temporary memory. All applications need to store data for a short amount of time and so they use RAM. As with the processor a higher RAM dictates a faster laptop. RAM is measured in megabytes (MB) or gigabytes (GB). (512 MB) 1GB of RAM is about the lowest you would want to consider on a new laptop.
Also the hard drive is important as it stores all your files and data. Unlike RAM a hard drive will keep what it is storing even after the computer has been switched off.
The storage on a hard drive is again measured in
gigabytes and currently anything between 200 GB and 500 GB is about standard on
a new laptop.
A more complex specification is the graphics card inside the laptop. Generally most laptops come with an ATI graphics card. The specific graphics card you want will depend a lot on what you intend on doing with the laptop. There is lots of advice available on the internet on what different graphics cards are good for so take a look at that before purchasing a laptop.
The operating system itself will also make a difference in what laptop you want to buy. Generally speaking if you are new to laptops choose an OS you are used too. So if you normally use Windows stick to a Windows laptop and if you normally use Apple Macintosh buy one of their laptops. Also ensure the laptop that you are considering meets all the specifications required to run your intended OS - for example if you plan to run Windows Vista 512MB RAM is the absolute minimum while 1GB is recommended (and a little bit higher for Windows 7).
However the main point is just to spend that extra bit of time researching your intended laptop and you will avoid buying one that doesn't do what you want. Ideeas provided by Jamie Holmes.
Me and My Laptop:
Me and my laptop
Do many wonderful things.
Research volumes of Knowledge
Shop for clothes & diamond rings
We play games for hours
Watch videos, listen to CD's
Whatever it is I want to do
It does it all with ease
I can Google and, it's oh so Cuil
I can even go 'tweet tweet'
Or if I want to travel
Mapquest help me find the street
Me and my true laptop
Have never left our home
And without aid of passports
have been to Paris, Spain and Rome
I just merely press a button
"Point and click", and off I go
There is nothing that can stop me
Not the rain, or wind or snow
I get my news, I get my sports
I record the latest flicks
I can even watch old-time TV
Like Hill Street Blues and Route 66
So if you'll pardon my obsession
I've got some pictures I want to crop
Oh yeah that's something else I do
Just me and my laptop.
Thanks, ladyliw, for these great lyrics :-)!