When it comes to the advancement of the human race, nothing shows it better than computer technology. It was only a few decades ago that the first home computer became available to the public, and since then there have been improvements every single year in their power. When they first launched, we were all amazed with the 16k memory, blocky black and white graphics, and a few bits of CPU power. It was the early nineties when desktops appeared which helped standardize the hardware, and Windows became the main operating system. These days, laptops are extremely powerful and outsell desktops.
So, how do you go about finding the best laptop computers? The first thing is to ensure that the buyer understands everything about the hardware that laptops contain. It is no use going out and buying the cheapest, but then the most expensive may not be the best option. Also, many manufacturer’s like to advertise big numbers that the hardware uses, but unless they are understood, they are meaningless. Below are a few tips on how to work out which hardware is required, and at what power.
Laptop memory comes with numerous figures attached to it such as DDR3 and DDR4. Unless you are specifically looking for a small percentage increase in power, then these numbers can be safely ignored. As can the MHz of the chips. What you need to pay attention to is how many megabytes it has. 4MB is the standard, and laptops with less should be ignored. 8MB or 16MB is better, but unless you are going to be running a lot memory intensive applications, then the extra memory is not required.
The hard drive should be a minimum of 500MB, although for not much more money you should aim for 1TB. Laptops now come with solid state drives, and although much faster than traditional drives, you will pay a premium for them. If you are looking for the best laptop computers, then solid state is the choice.
Most CPU’s are either dual or quad core systems. It may seem obvious that 4 chips are better than 2, but that is not the case. Many dual core systems are now faster than quad cores. If you are going to be running a lot of software at once, then opt for a quad core, otherwise the cheaper dual cores are fine. You should aim for an Intel i5 or i7, or an AMD A8 or A10.
Ignore any laptops with Intel graphics, they use the system memory and CPU and really slow it down. The system needs to have a separate graphics card of at least 2GB’s, and be an ATI or Nvidia make. Note that some AMD CPU’s have these cards built into the CPU. To get the best out of the graphics card, make sure the screen display is full HD.
By following the above advice, it makes picking the best laptop computers easier, and will ensure that you get value for money.