13 things you need to know to buy the perfect laptop

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Craig was sucked into the endless vortex of tech at an early age, only to be spat back out babbling things like "phase-locked-loop crystal oscillators!". Mostly this receives a pat on the head from the listener, followed closely by a question about what laptop they should buy.

In the changing world of laptops, knowing what to buy can be a complex process.

Everyone wants the best performance, but what about price? How big a screen can you get before you sacrifice portability? How many ports do you need, and what size hard drive will do the job? Do you want a hybrid? Do you need a touchscreen for Windows 8, or can you go without?

Your best weapon before you go shopping is to be informed. To help, we've created this guide with a few pointers on what you'll need to consider before buying a laptop.

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AxshatK posted a comment   

I like this video very much. it is very impressive. i am looking for gaming laptop.


RolfB posted a reply   

I like the video too..


JokoO posted a comment   

What a great Incredible article ,Thank you for a well-written and helpful explanation


AnshitG posted a comment   

i need a laptop for developing purpose. . can u suggest some good brands and models . .


ValerieG1 posted a comment   

hi, i need a laptop to run Vectorworks drawing program as well as standard Microsoft office and email. Cost less than $1,500. Need 4GB Ram minimum, 2GB Graphics card (VRAM), i5 or i7 processor, screen res 1280 x 800, not a MAC, 10GB free drive space. Which one to buy? Regards V


Lekside posted a comment   

If you wil advice a student who like 3D and is into forex trading other application package required stuffs which notebk wil you recomend?


aakash mainali posted a comment   

i liked it muji.


Pritam Patil posted a comment   

It is very important information i have got here. thanks.


achant posted a comment   

Hi, a question for you...

I recently purchases a Toshiba Qosmio X505 laptop and the first time i went to play a DVD in it it said I had to change the region coding. I did that (and back again afterwards) but now have only 3 changes left.

I cannot belieive that a portable computer suffers this medievil, restriction. If you are tarvelling around the would you need to be able to watch DVDs in their region (preferebly region coding should be abolished!).

Is there any way to fix this problem? Can region changes be turned off or made infinite?

I am sure Toshiba is not going to provide me with a free replacement laptop when I reach my 5th and last change.




einarbt posted a reply   

Just use VLC to play your DVDs.

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