Good day everyone, we decided to take a break from our posts on ICT4d and delve in matters that concern an average person and that is the issue of buying and selling. As we all know, the world today is a global market. It is either you are buying and selling a merchandise or services. Before a sale or purchase is to be made, information about the product/services should be obtained. For this post we will be looking at buying a laptop and things you must know before making that purchase before in the long run it becomes an expensive purchase. Shall we continue?
First of all, you have to identify the need/purpose of the laptop to be purchased.
Will it be handling critical graphic works? Will it be just a business laptop or for entertainment (Gaming included)? After the need has been identified. You can move to the next thing you should do/have
Secondly, have a budget. Always set a minimum and maximum amount for every item.
This is quite straightforward and should be the norm. But you will be amazed at the amount of people that ignore this and as a result you end up with either spending too much or too little on the system. Let me share an example with you, if you have the money to get a system for 150,000. Hold an extra amount in case you see a system that will be far better than the one you originally thought to buy. It will save you the journey of coming back the second time.
Thirdly, do not only visit one shop before buying the system. Expand your options; you don’t know if you will get a better deal somewhere else. Try 3-5 different places and get more information about the system. Information like the model, where they are made from, the specification and so on. Every laptop has a unique product number in addition to the various models. You can check online for more information about the system by just entering the product number.
More on the model of the system and where they are made from. Everybody thinks that all laptops are the same. There is a difference no matter how irrelevant you may think it is. Some last longer than others. Some are just cheap and after a few months they will give you problem. We have different models of laptops: Dell Hp, Toshiba, Compaq, Acer, Samsung.
In addition to everything being said, laptops are produced from different areas of the world. With the ones made from US/UK ranking first. So for quality, they are preferred.
Finally, the specifications of the system shouldn’t be ignored. I mean the size of d HDD, d ram, d processor, battery, screen size, graphics card, wireless, n keyboard. This is when your need has been identified. The first and last points work hand in hand. The size of the HDD. HDD stands for harddisk drive and this is most vital. If you know that you are not going to be using much of the system. I will advise a 250GB HDD. But if you intend to do a lot of reading, gaming etc. I will advise u do a 320 n sometimes 500GB.
The RAM. RAM stands for random access memory. In plain English, it is the reason your system starts up when you put it up. If you are using the system to type then a 2GB ram. Sometimes 3GB will do, but if it will handle a lot of applications (gamin n all). Start with a 4GB RAM system.
The processor, this will be explained fully in one of our next post.
In conclusion, basically there are two types of processors which are manufactured by two companies and they are Intel and AMD. Now there are a number of varieties available in both Intel and AMD.
Intel offers Pentium Pro, Pentium II, Celeron, Pentium II Xeon, Pentium III, Pentium II and III Xeon, Celeron with Pentium III Based, Pentium 4, Pentium M, Intel Core, Dual Core Xeon LV, Intel Pentium Dual Core, Intel Core 2. Pentium Duo, Pentium Dual Core, Core 2 Quad, Intel Pentuim 2 Dual Core Processor.
AMD processors include AMD Athlon, AMD Athlon 64, AMD Athlon X2, AMD Athlon Xp, AMD Duron, AMD Sempron, AMD Turion, MD Opteron and AMD Phenom 1. Newer processors are out already. Like the core I3, I5, I7.
The biggest flaw with intel’s low-end offerings is that the Pentium family limits you to dual-core configurations. Our concern is that outside of a game, you are going to find situations where the two cores hurt performance in other applications.
Thanks for reading.