What really matters when you’re buying a new laptop? New York Times writer Sam Grobart suggests that it’s not processor speed or a laptop’s graphics card that counts. Instead, typical laptop buyers – those who want to search the Internet, watch movies, send e-mail messages, and write reports on their machines – look at more down-to-earth measures of a laptop’s worth. Specifically, Grobart advises that consumers look at such mundane factors as a laptop’s weight, screen size, and memory.
Why is the weight of a laptop so essential? Once you think about it, it is obvious. Laptops are supposed to be portable, which is the reason for them. If your laptop weights more then six pounds it’s going to stress your back when you are carrying it around. Luckily, there are a many laptops that weight much less then that.
For people that will be watching a lot of videos or movies, a good screen size to shoot for is one that measures 13 inches diagonally. This is the perfect size to watch movies and it is small enough to carry around in most bags.
One important feature to look out for is how much RAM a laptop has. Most individuals are going to need laptops that have at least 4 gigabytes of RAM. If you opt for anything less, your computer will be too slow and may create lag when you are streaming movies. One helpful tip that Grobart gives is that when you are using your laptop, either keep it plugged in or keep your power cord on hand. This way you don’t have to worry about the battery.