Are you planning to buy a laptop? With all the choices available for you, the task of choosing the perfect device can be confusing, if not downright, overwhelming.
I’m sharing with you the following four main categories of laptops. Each of these has its own merits – you just have to find the one that fits your lifestyle, needs and budget to find your perfect laptop match.
Netbooks are small, light (about 3 pounds or less) and have an average battery life of 6 or more hours – making it a good choice if you wanted something for taking notes in class or surfing the web on a commuter train. They usually cost between $200 to $400 and are considered as the cheapest of the four laptop categories. They also have a long battery life of 6 or more hours.
The netbook is a good companion to your PC but with it’s limited screen resolutions, RAM, and processing power – it’s not advisable to make it as your primary PC. Its processor is not very fast and will make editing pictures and spreadsheets a pain. It is not meant as the device to use in streaming videos, editing photos or running multiple application. Some web pages, flash games and some application might not even fit well on its small screen. In addition, netbooks almost never have an optical drive so you will need to buy and use an external, USB attached DVD drive to play DVDs or load software off a disc.
Ultraportable laptops weigh from 3 to 4.5 pounds and its battery life extends from 4 to 6 hours. They usually use either a dual-core processor or the low-voltage processors from Intel and AMD which are not as powerful as those find in bigger notebooks but are far more capable than the netbook processors. Their screen size vary from 11 inches to 14 inches and its prize ranges from $400 to $800
Ultraportable laptops are ideal for users who need a fuller PC experience as compared to the netbook but still want a machine that’s easy to carry around. These types of laptops perform a lot better than netbooks on everyday applications, and they’re far more suited to running multiple applications at once. Just make sure to look for an ultraportable with an optical drive if you want to play DVDs or load software from a disc because they are usually omitted to make the device slimmer.
All-purpose laptops are large and powerful enough to serve as your everyday computer and yet portable enough to carry when you’re on the go. In general, it has a screen from 14 to 16 inches, weighs about 5 to 8 pounds and has a shorter battery life of about 2 to 5 hours because of all the power needed by the system to do its job.
Depending on it’s CPU, RAM, hard drive, model and configuration, all-purpose laptops can cost between $400 to $1500 (or even more). Although most manufacturers release prepacked sets of features into a certain laptop, there are companies such as HP, Fujitsu, Dell and Lenovo that gives the buyer some level of laptop customization so that the configuration matches their needs.
The desktop-replacement laptop (or power laptop) is usually used by gamers who need tremendous CPU and GPU power and professionals (such as video editors, photographers or engineers) who need large displays and lots of horsepower to do their work. Their screen sizes are usually 16 to 18.4 inches and have higher screen resolutions but can weigh 8 to 12 pounds.
Power laptops usually have the top-of-the-line processors whose performance rivals that of the CPUs found in all but the most powerful desktop computers. They usually have at least 4GB of RAM and 500GB of hard drive (some have up to 1TB of storage).
Desktop-replacement laptop’s batteries typically last 2 hours or less with heavy use so an electrical outlet near you is a must. It also runs hot because of its high power CPU and GPU. It is also very expensive and can cost from $1,000 to more than $2,000.