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Laptop Buying Guide

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Laptop Buying Guide
In cafe or lecture room, we can see many people who use a laptop. Seeing them, you may have thought about owning your laptop at least once, didn't you?
So
what type of laptop should you get?
There are many features that impact on choosing laptop. That's why you need to identify your needs. To make the right decision,
follow these tips!
- How to choose what I want?
Step 1. What purpose you use for?
All purpose
Business/Productivity
Gaming
Graphic Works
#1. All purpose
All purpose mean substitution for desktop PC, so more than
15 inch laptop is recommended. Depending on how much gaming
and graphics work you want to do, expect to spend between $400
and $800.
#2. Business/Productivity
For writing and editing text, manipulating spreadsheets and creating presentations. In this purpose, you can choose
not only a laptop but a netbook or tablet PC.
#3. Gaming
#4. Creative Works
Playing high-end games, expect to spend $1000 over for the best performance.
For editing video, photos for illustrations, a laptop
you need is almost same with a gaming purposed laptop.
Step 2. How much is your budget?
Decide how much money you're willing to pay for your laptop, what kind of hardware you would like.
$600 to $800: As you get above $600, you’ll see more premium-designs, such as metal finishes.
Above $800: At this price range, expect laptops that are more portable, more powerful or both.
$400 to $600: For well under $600, you can get a laptop with an Intel Core i5
or AMD A8 CPU, 4 to 8GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive, all respectable specs

*** Here's what you can get for each price range.
You should be careful for choosing a laptop, because the case of
almost same specification but different price
is a lot.
Step 4. Identify specification
#1. CPU
There are many factors that impact on laptop's performances, but 4 items are most important - CPU, RAM, Storage, and Graphic cards.
The least expensive laptops have AMD E Series or Intel Pentium/Celeron CPUs. Web surfing, email and social networks use.

4th generation Core or “Haswell” of Intel Core series processors, for the best combo of performance and battery life.

Intel Core i3 CPU or AMD A Series for a secondary computer.

If you’re spending more than $500, demand at least an Intel Core i5.

Power users and gamers should settle for no less than a Core i7 system, preferably a quad-core chip.
#2. RAM
At least 4GB
more than 8GB, for high-end applications or lots of multitasking.
Properties
#3. Storage
Properties
2. Solid State Drive (SSD) - Faster than Hard drive. However, it is usually more expensive and come in much lower 128/256GB capacities.
1. Hard Drive (HDD) - Capacities are larger than SSD.
At least 7,200-rpm hard drive over a 5,400-rpm unit
more than 500GB: For storing movies and games
Properties
#4. Graphic Cards
Embeded-graphic
Step 3. Choose the right size
11 to 12 inches
The thinnest and lightest systems
Typically less than 1.5 Kg
Screen and keyboard may be small for some users.
13 to 14 inches
Best balance of portability and usability.
Usually between 1.5 and 1.8 Kg
Generously sized keyboards and screens.
15 inches
The most popular size
Weigh 2.2 to 2.7 Kg
Less portable, but high performances
Some 15-inch models have DVD drives, but you’ll save weight if you skip it.
Step 5. Narrow the choices down
Eventually, you'll come to a choice between only a few laptops.
Look at the qualities of both. If they both seem almost completely identical, go with the cheaper one!
Other Considerations
Battery
Look for at least 4 hours of endurance. More than 6 hours of battery life, with 7-plus hours being ideal.
After-service
After service also can be important factors to someone. In Korea, some brands have few service centers (even only one service center).
Support is only part of what makes a notebook brand worth your money.

Thank you ~
good keyboard,
durable design
sharp screen
high-end CPU like Core i7
Good graphic card
High resolution screen and big size.
high-end graphic cards (perhaps even dual cards)
SSD
better audio
back-light keyboards
flash cache
resolution of 1600 x 900 or higher.
You can add these
Faster CPU
High-end discrete graphics
Higher-resolution screens
You can add these
If you don't really need something, don't spend money on it.
There are two types of graphic - embeded and discrete.
Discrete graphic processor from AMD or Nvidia
For playing the most-demanding games. A good GPU can accelerate video playback on sites, while also speeding up video editing.
Fine for basic tasks, including surfing the Web, watching video and even playing low specification games.
You can look for a laptop in following site.
It provides useful filtering function,
so you can compare
with different laptops easily.
http://www.danawa.com/
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