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    AmrH

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    Buying a new laptop?

    Post  AmrH on Mon Sep 21, 2009 3:20 pm

    Whenever you decide to buy a new laptop, you've a wide array of brands and models to choose from. But on what criteria should you make your decision? is it on the price? on the Manufacturer? on the specs? in this article I'll try to elaborate on how to make a reasonable choice.

    A laptop has become a commodity especially if you're a college student, but not everybody needs the same specs. For example a business administration student might need a laptop that works well with the Office suite and nothing more, while a Computer Science student may need a powerful laptop that has a multi-core processor to suit his development needs. That's why we can't say that this particular laptop is the best for everybody, Each person can make his decision based on the following points:

    1. Price


    An expensive laptop isn't always a good laptop, but a very cheap laptop is never a good laptop. Price is a very important element that we build our choice upon, but very few actually understand how the price can affect the choice. An expensive laptop doesn't have to be really good. It can be expensive due to its manufacturers name which doesn't mean that the product is amazing. For example if you decide to choose between Toshiba and Dell with the same specs, you'll find that A Dell is more expensive but the Toshiba is better. That's what I meant by "more expensive isn't always better." You can find on the market laptops that are extremely cheap like e-machines and several other brand names. Those laptops may have good specs; however, they won't live long due to their cheap hardware.

    2. Specs


    Specs is the second most important criteria which you should consider while buying a new laptop. Some people prefer to buy the latest technology out there although it might be expensive, but this isn't always the wisest decision as you'll find out a few months later that what you've bought isn't the most up-to-date any more and you'll regret that you've spent such a sum of money on something that is now 4 fifth of the price you've paid. The wisest decision concerning specs is to buy a computer that will suit your needs and add a little buffer to that. You should also make sure that whatever you're buying can be extensible in the future. For example you might not want to buy a laptop whose RAM can't be extended beyond 4GB, instead you'd better look for a laptop that will take an 8GB RAM to make sure that it can perform well several years later.

    3. Brand name


    You should completely avoid some brand names while buying a new laptop. Those brand name might offer good specs at a decent price, but the laptop won't live long due to it's decreasing performance. I advise you chose among Sony, Toshiba, Dell, and HP. those are the best in the Egyptian market. Although Sony is some how expensive, it offers an amazing hardware quality that will keep your laptop alive for about 5 years.

    4. Durability


    In fact not every laptop will be durable for long. For example, an e-machines laptop can offer decent specs at a reasonable price; however, you'll need to replace it after 2 or 3 years due to the performance drain. Durability is a very important criteria you should base your decision on, so always chose a decent brand name.

    In a nutshell, you should be able to decide which laptop you should buy based on the criteria above. If you've got further questions, don't hesitate to post in the topic.

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