to choose a laptop?
We often ask this question ourselves when a need for a new computer
comes by. I, as a technician servicing computers for many years will
offer you some helpful tips and recommendations for this
of all, you should adhere to several precautions. Don't pick
computers based in their location of manufacturing or assembly. For
many years now all of laptop and computer assembly has been mainly
concentrated in the Asian region. You also shouldn't pay too much
attention to the brand names unless of
course you're a fan of one favourite company.
addition most consumers don't know that up to 80%
of products from big brand names including HP/Compaq, Dell, Lenovo
and others are manufactured by only 4-5 Asian companies.
The same, for example, applies to cell phones. That's why you can
conclude that the quality of the laptops or any other portable
technology in the industry is relatively the same everywhere. The
only differences are in prices and design, but of course all rules
have their exceptions.
To get back to
the original question, how would you go about buying the best laptop
of all, you need to determine what use will
you have for your computer, be it purely in business or help with
education, for example. Maybe you want to use the laptop as a
multimedia or a gaming center. Or you need it to solve scientific
problems or use it for design.
you've decided the uses of the computer, you have to also
determine it's relative configuration, such as for example RAM size,
processor speed, discrete or integrated graphics. The size of the
hard drive is also important and availability of outside interfaces -
that is, ability to connect to other devices, as for example a
video-camera. Considering all the needs, you need to determine the
maximum amount of money that you're willing to spend on the new
it is necessary to determine the category computer. I'll explain what
all large manufacturers of computer technology divide their
production into two classes. First is technology meant for use in
mid-, large-sized business and the second is meant for use at home or
small business. The difference between these two classes is quite
large, ranging from tech support, guarantee service, and many other
differences, including even the appearance of
the computer. That is why it is important to decide beforehand what
category you need. The biggest difference is in tech support, which
will be explained below.
and computers that are meant for home use usually come with less
documentation and media with essential programs. The warranty
usually is one year, and it is also very important to know that the
warranty repairs are handled in service centers of the manufacturer!
To explain, if you have problems with your laptop - you'll have to
either mail it or deliver it to the service center (depot) yourself. Add the
time of delivery to the time of repairs, and you can expect to wait
up to 1-4 weeks for your laptop back.
case of the business class computers - in most cases you receive 2-3
years of warranty, and repair of your laptop right on your business
or at home the next business day after the call to the service
center. But this isn't all. Warranties can be either local or
international. This is important to know when purchasing, especially
if you permanently live in another country or you travel frequently
and you're on lengthy business trips.
Practically all customers ask about the warranty length, but seldom
does someone inquire about it's regions of service or how it works.
a few words about the design of laptops. Business models usually have
a poor choice in coloring, and have a more
strict design, but their construction is more durable, which is very
important for mobile users.
manufacturers such as Dell, Apple, and Asus
make the laptop cases out of light metal alloys, and some keyboards
are made spill-proof.
models for home and small business on the other hand most often are
made with rich coloring in design, large screens and advanced
multimedia capabilities. You can even find models with two hard
drives and a remote. But you need to keep in mind that these models
weigh more, have less battery life, and
some laptops are even meant to replace desktops - they don't have any
into consideration all of the above, when making your choice it is
important to find the lowest common denominator of the most important
category. It is easiest to determine the parameters of the laptop
through a web-site of the manufacturer. The category if a laptop is
most often determined through it's brand name. So for example, home
and small business computers made by Dell usually carry brand names
of Inspiron and Latitude,
HP/Compaq - Pavilion and HP Compaq n-series, Acer - Aspire and
Travelmate, and Lenovo are 3000 series and Thinkpad,
important advice on how should you prepare to call the service center
if your laptop isn't functioning properly. First of all, prepare some
important data about your computer - it's brand name, model and model
number, and also the serial or service number. Next, write down a
short overview of the problem and how did the problem occur. When
you've called the service center, write down the name of the service
representative - this'll be useful later. Make sure to correctly give
your address and contact numbers - don't be
shy to double-check that. If your repair service is due the next day,
make sure to give your realistic location for the next day, not the
company address in case they'll be
of course it is very important to properly use and take care of your
laptop, but that is a for another article.