Computers are now configured by manufacturers to best match the needs of the user. This means customers can buy a laptop that will have the features and performance that they need from their computer.
Don’t think that any laptop will do. A little research will make your daily time on your laptop a much more productive and enjoyable experience. Buying a laptop is becoming similar to buying a car. Do you want a big SUV, a small compact, economical car, a sedan, a sports car or a truck?
This review will help you to narrow your choice.
These laptops are designed for the average computer user. They are excellent for word processing, e-mail, managing small business and household data requirements, photos, music, internet surfing and are reasonable for watching movies.
Typical prices range from $500 to $1000 although you can pay more if you choose. The Toshiba Satellite L505-S5993 TruBrite with a 15.6 inch screen and the ASUS UL30A-X5 13.3 inch screen are good examples.
These notebooks computers are designed to be light and easy to carry. They have small screens to save battery power. Think of these as your fast small car, quick enough to operate, with excellent fuel economy, but not much in the way of storage. So battery life is great, typically from 7 to 12 hours, but don’t think you’ll be able to store much music or many photos and multitask with too many operations.
Prices vary from $500 to $800. The ASUS UL 20A-A1 Thin and Light with a 12 inch screen and 7.5 hours of battery life is a good example as is the Toshiba Satellite T135-S1307 with a 13 inch screen and over 9 hours of battery life.
Business laptops are designed to provide full computing functionality away from the office. They are designed to hold huge amounts of data and usually have larger screens to display spreadsheets, graphs and charts. Battery life is around 3 to 3.5 hours, so consider buying an extra battery.
Expect to pay $800 to $1500 for one of these laptops. The HP Pavilion DU6-1361SB with 15.6 inch screen and 3.5 hours of battery and the Toshiba Satellite A505-S6981 16 inch screen with 3 hours of battery life are typical examples.
Student notebooks are similar to the business computers. They need to store plenty of data but are also configured to accommodate music, some gaming capability and reasonable viewing performance.
Prices are in the $500 to $800 range. Toshiba and ASUS offer good options to this market.
Computer games need a huge amount of dedicated graphics memory (at least 512MB) and 3D graphics chips. Gaming notebooks need memory to be dedicated to graphics use.
This performance requirement increases the price. You need to spend $800 to $2000 for a good gaming computer. The ASUS G51J-A1 15.6 inch screen and the HP Pavillion DV&-2270US 17 inch screen are good gaming performers.
Entertainment and Multimedia
These computers usually have larger screens and high resolution. They are designed for movie viewing, photo and video editing. Expect the battery life to be quite short, so you may need battery backup or be able to be close to a power source.
Typical prices are in the $600 to $1500 range. The HP DV7-3060US 17 inch and Toshiba L505-S6992 are worth looking at.