Wednesday, October 24, 2012

8 Checks You Must Carry Out Before You Pay For That Laptop!



Today’s laptopsare much more powerful than even the hottest desktop computers of yesterday. They are also lighter and much more stylish. Many people are opting out of desktop computers altogether and use theirlaptop for all their computer needs. If you are thinking of going this route , check out this shopping tips.

1.   Physical  Check. Pick up the laptops at the store. {ask to have them unlocked if necessary.} choose one that feels sturdy, solid and not too heavy.

2.   Keyboard Check. Try the keyboard. Since you can’t replace it {except with exact same item} ,make sure you are comfortable with its touch and responsiveness. Test it on a desk and on your lap.

3.   Check Features. Test the pointing device, track pad or track ball, the laptop alternatives to a mouse. Some of these can be hard to master. You will be able to connect a external mouse, but the built-in device is handier when you are mobile.

4.   Check Bottom. Check if the computers bottom gets uncomfortably hot when its running-a problem if you actually use the laptop on your lap.

5.   Check Screen. Pay attention to screen size and resolution. Current liquid-crystal display {LCD} screen on laptops measures from 13 to 21 inches diagonally. Screen resolution may be as low as 800 x 600 pixels  or as high as 1600 x 1200. The move pixels, the crisper the screen image. View the screen in a variety of setting: a screen that looks great in normal room lighting can look terrible in bright or dim light.

6.   Check Connection. Choose a laptop with at least two USB 2 connections and at least one fire wire {IEEE1394} connection. USB2 and fire wire are very popular and fast ways of connecting IPods, digital cameras and some phones to computers.

7.   Check Network Capability. Check to see if the laptop has built in wireless capability, most do these days. A wireless network card also called Wi-Fi or 802.11 will free you from having to be wired to your internet connection (see how to network your computers). Also Bluetooth capability will let you share information wirelessly with others Bluetooth-equipped devices, such as your cell phone or personal digital assistant.

8.   Check DVD Drive. Check to see if the laptop has a DVD burner. That makes backing up documents, music files and pictures a snap because of the high capacity of the discs.

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