What's the most important feature when you are buying a new laptop?

Portugal
August 7, 2007 6:36pm CST
I've been having a lot of trouble to choose the best laptop for me! Of course the way it looks does matter then size of the screen... i would prefer a 15.4'' screen but some people are telling me 14'' is also good and it makes the laptop lighter!! Then of course there's the processor, RAM, disk space, webcam, memory card reader, and soo on ... im totally lost! So what i would like to hear is what is the most important thing you look out for when you are buying a laptop??
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@Trace86 (5033)
• United States
8 Aug 07
When I got my new laptop, I was most concerned with the size of the hard drive. I was having problems with my old laptop and playing games. I didn't have enough memory. The games would run slow or stop altogether. I am also happy to have a CD/DVD burner. I burn tv shows from England for my sister-in-law. Now if my husband would just set-up the encryption for me.
• Portugal
8 Aug 07
CD/DVD burner check!! As for the hard drive would u consider 120GB good enough?? You know i love to watch movies on the computer too so the 15.4 screen would be better than the 14 right!! is that much of a difference?? sorry to be asking but i hv no idea... guess u hv to experiment it first!
@Trace86 (5033)
• United States
8 Aug 07
Notebook Cooler - Very important to keep your computer cool and well ventilated.
My hard drive is 100G. My screen is 15. I would definitely recommend a laptop/notebook cooler. It is a fan that goes under your computer and keeps it from over-heating. I lost another computer to over-heating, the insides melted according to the repair guy.
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• Portugal
8 Aug 07
WOW i didnt know about the cooler!! u know i hv a desktop that must be suffering from overheating ... sometimes it can go soo slow and just block !! and what i notice is that the fan it was on the back is really hot!! thanks for the tip about the cooler ... ill even look for a cooler for my desktop if it exists!
• Philippines
8 Aug 07
Consider the brand, mac, Lenovo, HP, Dell, Acer, these are the good ones. And as mentioned above, tell us what do you need it for... If you'll just use it making some responses to mylot and a few word processing then a core solo with 1gig of ram and 80 gig HD would be fine... If you are into graphics designing and heavy gamer... then have a core 2 duo and 2 gigs of ram.... By the way consider the number of usb slots, all peripherals nowadays are using usb... I have 4 and it seems its no longer enough :)
• Portugal
8 Aug 07
well mostly its to work, documents like word,powerpoint and some heavy software to align sequences... thats why im looking for something a little better than just for browsing mylot :D of course i would like to use it to watch movies too! ive been researching and i came to 2 HP models, the different between them is the size of the screen, one is 14" the other 15.4" i think ill choose the bigger screen so that i dont hv to so close to the screen when im working! :D thanks for the tips again!
@labanyue (29)
8 Aug 07
the first thing must be considered is quality,I think. There are few honest salesman. They usually use second-hand parts to take place the new ones, and sell it as a new one. If you a newman in this field,you'd better ask for help from your friends who are femiliar with it. the second is about the technical datas of the laptop,such as the size of hard disk, the screen,and the speed of the processor. But all of these is determined by your budget.Do not buy the lastest one, because it updates very fast like other e-products.
• Portugal
8 Aug 07
oh yeah im def not going to a small store where they recycle things no way!! im going to buy it on big store, some people tell me its the price is bigger there but at least i know for sure i hv guaranty and support!! thats what scares me buying it in a small store then after a month the laptop crashing and the store is no longer there!! no way!! thanks for the tips
• Philippines
8 Aug 07
When buying a laptop, first things first, save!!! If you can afford the latest and the fastest, save first. Don't get a lousy one for the price of your budget. A laptop is a laptop, what you buy is what you will be using for a very long time because some laptops are not upgradable especially the processor. Get the highest if you can! then comes storage space, 80gb or 120 is sufficient, once you download, write your songs or pics onto dvd's... saves disk space.. hhmmm... if your budget permits, get the core duo! check your local supplier..visit different stores, look for the friendly approachable sales clerk so if you need support for your laptop, he can help you out..or better yet.. get a macbook.. :) pogi points especially if you use it in wifi coffee shops..
• Portugal
8 Aug 07
core duo check! latest processor check! i wish i could buy a mac!! but mac r just too expensive at least for now...
@aletanz (44)
• Italy
8 Aug 07
i think is important the size of the screen...and then that it has a wireless connection so you can use free hot-spots when you travel, or you can to use your laptop in every room of your house... however RAM is important, but today all laptops have about 1.5 or 2 gb of RAM, and is good for all the softwares... the hard disk depends on what should you do...120gb i think is good for a laptop... if you use a lot the webcam, you need to choose a laptop with internal webcam so you don't need to plug an external webcam...
• Portugal
8 Aug 07
Well i wanna thank everyone for their tips , they have been pretty helpful for me!! ok aletanz... RAM check wireless check and webcam check!
@taylorblue (1286)
• Canada
22 Aug 07
I think the most important thing is that it has a wordprocessor and be able to be used anywhere...
• Australia
8 Aug 07
Apart from all the technical details such as capacity, memory etc, if I bought a new one I would check out the keyboard. I use three computers. I have my own desktop but I also work on my husband's at times, and I also have a laptop. Would you believe that major buttons, such as enter and delete are in different places? I rarely use my laptop, but find myself pressing the delete button instead of enter. This is most frustrating.
@maanoo (40)
• Bahrain
8 Aug 07
Also check the battery's estimated life, 15.4" is better.
@venshida (4837)
• United States
8 Aug 07
I am not a computer expert, but I would think the amount of memory would be the most important feature.
@windhair (498)
• Germany
8 Aug 07
buy the right one, not the latest one. the reliability is what i think the most important feature. Laptop give use the possible to take the computer outside, generally it is not suitable for huge load task, and the price for laptop compartment are much expensive then that of desktop. So i prefer to have a leliable laptop with acceptable performance for outside usage.
8 Aug 07
RAM minimum 2 GB, legal vista loaded, light weight, wi-fi
@amitavroy (4821)
• India
8 Aug 07
well i use to do a lot of research when i buy a loptop soi that i can get the best deal. i look for a good system config cause i am an animator and i need a very goo0df system config caus ethe softs tht i use uses a lot of resouces and ram and grachic card are a much and also CPU processing speed.
• United States
8 Aug 07
A wireless built in card. I had an external card on my last computer and it was so big in the back and I kept hitting into when transporting the laptop but now I have a Dell XPS M1210 and I love it! A CD Burner is also a good recommendation too!!