Which Laptop?

@dragan80 (920)
Italy
October 19, 2007 2:00am CST
I want to buy a laptop but when I go into a store to inquire I always feel like I'm way too under informed to let these sales people instruct me on what the best deal for me is. I just don't trust them. I would like a laptop which is a good product with good support to start with. My current PC was built by my brother from scrap parts so its a poor product with no support. The main thing I want is good quality picture and speed while watching streamed TV and to be able to play new online video games at proper speeds. When I try to play any games with fairly detailed graphics it tells me I need to upgrade this and that, but my brother tells me its not possible on my yolk. Have any of you out there got some advice on what are the minimum and maximum requirements I need to ask about on my next visit to shops, and what processors and drives and Ram and memory and all that stuff I don't understand, i should be asking for?
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@Amberina (1541)
• United States
19 Oct 07
My son is a computer programmer and he bought an Acer Laptop, he said it was a good brand for a laptop so I went out and bought one and I must say with it's duo processor it is a darn good one I haven't had any problems with it. I've had it for about 5 months now it's wifi and works great with video and tv. -Amber
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
19 Oct 07
I've been hearing good things about Acer too. Definitely worth considering.
@Kowgirl (3491)
• United States
19 Oct 07
I would look into a HP it is a very good laptop. Get all the information you can about them and then do a comparison. You will see why I recommend this laptop. It has a lot of new built in functions. It took me 2 months of comparison to make my decision but I am happy with my HP. Your speed will also be determined on your connection, Dial up, cable, or Wi-Fi I have to use an Air Card because our cable got burned out when there was a fire in our apartment building. It's not as slow as dial up but not as fast as the cable. Be sure your new laptop is made to use with an Air Card.
@23uday (2998)
• India
26 Mar 09
Hi friend, I prefer a dell or acer laptop company this two were good and the best compare to other laptops. Take good configuration laptop were 250 or 320 GB in built space 2 GB ram Core 2 duo mother board good processor company. have a great day.
• United States
22 Oct 07
Well my answer is the same as the one I gave to another user who wanted to know more on buying a laptop. In fact, this one got me a Best Response. It's called "Laptop Lowdown" featuring 25 features to look for when buying a laptop. It's at this site: tinyurl.com/2en9wq
• Mexico
19 Oct 07
Regarding the Requirements you have to check as to what kind of application you plan to run on your future computer. As to games, each game website or box has its requirement specifications on the back or in their site. If you are looking for an OVERALL computer, you might look into Multitasking Computers/Laptops. Multitasking are Computers/Laptops designated for a medium quality in everything a client/user might use on daily basis. For example, office use: Word,Excel,power point, etc. It's also good for photo editing but NOT 3D drawings. In that Case, for 3D rendering, drawing, etc, you might want to ask bout Optimized Home entertainment systems. Excels the Overall Multitasking in entertainment. If you are a Gamer then you should look for Gaming Systems, Specially have detailed information on the Memory Ram and Graphic Card. The Salesman should give a detailed information. Ask about the Graphics Card Perfomance, and Compatibility with the system itself.
• Romania
19 Oct 07
Why do not trust them because they know best but they not always give the best advice (the only thing they want to do is sell and forgot about you).One thing you can do is to take a friend with you that knows.When i bought my computer i took a friend that i trust.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
19 Oct 07
Compare prices and user ratings on PcWorld http://www.pcworld.com/product/pricefinder/browse/category.html?id=10010&page=1 Newegg http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=32&name=Laptops-Notebooks Tigerdirect http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Category/category_tlc.asp?CatId=17&name=Laptops-Notebooks I'd say DON'T get a 2002-2006 circa HP or Compaq. Also do a search on computer forums for other opinions about the laptop you choose. For streamed TV/youtube/veoh and most newer games make sure you have good RAM 1028, most CPUs can handle it but you want the higher end chips to handle the processes better, and also you'll need hi-speed internet. Dial up will make it a choppy stream (or you'll have to wait for the entire thing to load). Get a good graphics card if you want to game (definitely Nvidia for a lot of games). What I say is this, have fun searching and shopping yourself. Feel like a kid in a candy store! But be sure to check out the product reviews and on top of that use computer forums for second opinions.
@urbandekay (18312)
19 Oct 07
If you want to play games then perhaps a laptop is not the best choice; the requirements of different games vary and they are often temperamental. With a desktop you have the option of changing to a compatible graphics card but you cannot do this with a laptop. Laptops worth considering are HP-compaq and Sony. all the best urban