Laptop Buying tips

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With the current prices of laptops at an all-time low, the burden now lies in finding the one with the best value.

Here are some tips to guide you in purchasing a notebook , and some reminders so that you won’t feel that you’ve been ripped off by false advertising:

  1. Don’t just look at the price, look at the specs as well. Most cheap laptops cut back on some parts/components which we usually take for granted as included such as OS, RAM (shared as opposed to dedicated), and software.
  2. For optimum performace, don’t just look at the processor. Look at the RAM as well. A higher RAM would always result in better performance and since most laptops share RAM with the video card, this will be better for graphics performance too.
  3. Check for upgrades. Most laptops have upgradeable parts such as RAM. Just make sure, based on the specs, up to how much you can upgrade certain components since not all can be upgraded.
  4. Buy from reputable stores. They not only give at least a year warranty, but you can be guaranteed that they won’t run away when something goes wrong.
  5. Branded laptops, though expensive, usually gives you piece of mind. They’re expensive for a reason: quality and assurance. They also include software sepcific for their models and have technical support to help you out.
  6. Don’t settle for the first price. Try to haggle for the best price or window shop. You never know the most reasonable price is just the store next door.
  7. Know what you need. Don’t buy the most high-end specs just because their the best since most of the time, their also the most expencive. Buy a laptop based onyour needs. If its mostly for word processing and presentations, a mid range processor and high RAM is good enough.

Keep these tips in mind the next time you go laptop-hunting and rest assured, you’ll get your money’s worth in the end.

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2 thoughts on “Laptop Buying tips

  1. glenn

    hi there!
    Can you please provide the brands of laptops which are really reliable and sturdy, and which will last for a long time? I plan on buying a laptop with 40-50K budget. I already canvassed and thought of HP Compaq and Toshiba laptops. But those are not yet Core 2 Duo. And aside from SM Cyberzone, where can I look for laptops? I think I badly need advice.
    Thanks!

  2. Well, first of all, how long is long for you? The first thing that usually gives in branded laptops is the battery, but then, that can be addressed with the bundled AC adaptor. The keyboard is next to that. It usually becomes stuck up becomes of wear-and-tear and dirt, but with both Toshiba and HP, nothing really serious happens within less than 5 years.

    Why are you looking into Core 2 Duo? It’s easy to want the latest, but if budget is a constraint, the latest may not be the most reasonably priced. If 40-50K is your budget, loook into a laptop that comes with Win XP instead of Vista, and Dual Core/Core Duo will do just fine. Other brands such as Packard Bell or Blue also sell affordable yet reliable laptops. Just make sure to ask where to get it serviced if a problem arises.

    Aside from SM, V-Mall in Greenhills and Laptop King behind Broadway in New Manila have lots of laptops to choose from. Just be sure to ask if its brand new or refurbished because they also sell 2nd hand items.

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