Making technology work for you
1. Get at least 4GB of RAM.
That’s “four gigabytes of memory” for those who don’t speak PC. Anything less and your system will run like molasses–something to keep in mind as Black Friday deals roll around. Many “doorbuster” laptops will have only 2GB of RAM, and that’s just not enough.
2. If you can afford it, get a system with an SSD.
That’s short for “solid-state drive,” which has no moving parts and therefore runs faster, generates less heat, and consumes less power than a traditional hard drive. You’ll pay a premium for an SSD and end up with less storage space, but how much do you really need? Most folks I know rarely fill up more than 100GB.
Indeed, although a 128GB SSD may seem like a downgrade compared with, say, a 500GB hard drive, the speed benefits alone are worth the extra money.
3. Try before you buy.
Although brick-and-mortar tech stores are few and far between these days, there are still places where you can go and browse laptops in person. And that’s something you should definitely do.
Sure, you can shop online based on specs and price, but you owe it to yourself to test-drive the keyboard. And the trackpad. Make sure they’re comfortable and responsive. Likewise, check the screen: is it glossy and therefore heavy on the glare? Whenever possible, try to lay hands on a laptop before buying it.
One more “rule.”
Notice that I didn’t mention the procesor. Unless you’re doing heavy-duty video editing or playing a lot of graphics-intensive games, the processor just isn’t the big factor it used to be. They’re all pretty fast nowadays.
What other advice would you give to someone shopping for a new laptop?