Laptops are on many people’s gift list this year and why not—the prices keep falling while the features keep improving. So how do you choose the right one? Before you go out shopping, we advise you to first determine what you are going to use it for, and how and where you are going to use it. If it’s going to be mostly stationary, you’ll look for different features than if it’s mostly going to be mobile, and if it’s for heavy gaming, you’ll need more power than if you are just using it for office tasks.
It’s a good idea to go out to the stores to try them in person. Look for the following minimum specifications: 4 GB of RAM, Intel Core i3 or AMD Phenom II processor, and 320 GB of hard drive space. You should also be able to get a built-in webcam, more than 2 USB ports, a DVD burner, Wireless N, Bluetooth and Windows 7 Home Premium.
Next, test the individual features of the unit. Try out the keyboard and mouse / track pad / pointing device. If any of those features don’t feel comfortable, you are going to be unhappy when you are mobile. Try to look at the screen in a variety of lighting conditions. If you plan to travel a lot with it, then also consider the laptop’s size, weight, and battery life (should be at least 3 hours). Finally, consider the store’s return policy and the manufacturer’s warranty. Most stores have restocking fees of up to 15%, and most warranties are one year.
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