Simple Steps to Buying a Laptop  

by Sezer Bozkurt

It's easy to be confused by all the different options when purchasing a laptop computer. There are literally hundreds of models to choose from for all different prices.

The key to finding the right laptop for you is determining firstly what your needs are going to be, then determining how much money you are willing to spend.

There are some general factors to consider. The first would be the size of the laptop. Do you want an ultra portable laptop that's small and light weight or do you want something more like a desktop replacement while compromising on size and weight.

The second factor to consider would be the size of the hard drive on the laptop. Laptop hard drives are a lot smaller than desktop hard drives. A standard laptop hard drive size would be around 100gb. If you need to store large files such as videos then you would have to consider getting something with an upgraded hard drive.

The third factor would be the size of the memory. A standard size would be 256-512mb. Anything above this would cost extra. You would need to consider what you are going to use the laptop for. If word processing and web surfing is all you want to do then 256mb would be more than enough.

The final factor would be pricing. This is completely a personal choice but you do get what you pay for. Laptop prices have dropped dramatically these days and a laptop can be bought for as little as $1000. Considering a couple of years back you couldn't get a laptop for under $2000 this price isn't too bad. But of course it all comes back to your needs. If a high end laptop is what you need for picture or video editing then expect to be paying over $2500.

Buying a laptop doesn't need to be a difficult task. If you evaluate your needs first and choose carefully your new purchase will be a profitable one.

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