Did you know that three-quarters of Americans own desktop computers and laptops, and the number of tablet owners is up at least 50% from just two years ago, in 2011? With the hundreds of models available, however, it can be difficult to pinpoint what laptops offer the best value. How can consumers help balance cost and quality? What are the best questions to ask before purchasing a laptop?
How Will You Be Using It?
This is one of the first questions you should ask yourself, and one that you are very likely to hear once you step foot into the store. Will you be taking it to and from class, or work, everyday? Do you want to stream online movies and videos? Are you likely to play high-memory games on your new laptop? All of these questions can help you narrow down your choices, and choose the model that is best for you.
Students and bring your own device (BYOD) employees may want to consider thin, low-weight computers. Ultrabooks, or slim, 11-13 inch models, will typically suit students, or anyone else who plans to do a good deal of traveling, best. Certain games and videos, on the other hand, may require heavy-duty processors. For games, look for systems with at least 8GB of RAM, and with a considerable amount of storage space for saving large game files. Buying the laptop or machine best suited to your needs can keep you away from computer troubleshooting tips and technology magazines for as long as possible.
What Does Its Battery Life Look Like?
Tired of contacting computer tech help? One way to keep your machine running smoothly, for as long as possible, is by getting an accurate estimate of its battery life. However well-meaning they may, or may not, be, manufacturers are likely to release slightly elevated numbers on this particular issue. As many as 72% of consumers trust internet product reviews as much as friends’ recommendations. Why does that matter? Head online. Read product reviews for a more realistic idea sense of battery life, or even pose the question on related forums.
There is an endless amount of computer tips, and computer tech help, out there. What are the best tips for you? Know exactly how you intend to use a laptop before purchasing it, and avoid quality time with wall outlets by getting a realistic feel for laptop battery life.