Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Used Laptop Buying Guide 2018

Used Laptop Buying Guide

Buying a laptop can be a confusing and sometimes daunting business, so hopefully this guide will help you with technical jargon and some of the things to look out for when deciding on the perfect laptop for you. Refurbished laptops can save a lot of money on new ones so hopefully this guide will help you decide an what is important for your requirements

Screen size
This dictates how big and heavy the laptop will be. Laptop screen sizes tend to range between 12” and 17”. Probably the most popular screens are 14” and 15.6” screens. A 12” screen laptop is lightweight and often well under 2kg they are also small and very portable in size. At the other end of the spectrum are 17” screen laptops, these tend to be used for CAD and gaming, and are usually over 4kg so tend not to be lugged around too much. Typically a lot of customers prefer the mid range sized laptops with 14” or 15.6” screens which are both lightweight and portable.

ProcessorThe processor is the brain of the laptop. Generally the faster the processor the faster the machine will run. Also the newer the processor the better for example a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 4th Generation processor would be better than a 2.5GHz i5 3rd Generation processor as each generation brings more efficient and faster processing capability.
Memory (RAM)
This is the temporary storage that a laptop uses when running windows and other applications. Having more memory works in conjunction with the processor. Having more memory helps your laptop run quicker and smoother. Most laptop have 4GB RAM which is fine for many but increasing the memory to 8GB would give an additional performance boost.

Hard drive
This is the amount of storage the laptop has. Broadly the more storage you have the better, but this also depends on usage. For many users a 120GB hard drive would probably be sufficient but for others who are wishing to store a large amount of photo's and video a larger drive of 500GB or maybe even 1TB would be better.
SSD Hard drive
SSD stands for Solid State Drive these use memory chips to store data and doesn't have and moving part like a traditional hard drive. The big advantage for a SSD drive is the time to load windows which is much faster then a traditional hard drive. In operation again it helps the laptop operate much faster.
The downside to SSD drives is the storage capacity is not as large and typically SSD drives are either 128GB or 256GB. The SSD drives are also more costly so this needs to be taken into consideration.

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