5 things a laptop sales person will tell you that aren't true

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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.

There are all sorts of things you'll be told when wandering into a retail store looking for a laptop.

Sometimes it's faulty understanding. Sometimes there is no understanding, and they're just repeating what they've been told to say. Sometimes it's wilful misdirection in order to make commission.

Here are some of the things we've heard while shopping for laptops that aren't necessarily true.

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LokizFenrir posted a comment   

"Take the GeForce GT 630M and the GeForce GT 540M — the 630 is better, right? Wrong. The 630 is just a rebranded 540. Want to be more confused? Check out the crazy array of Nvidia mobile cards currently on the market. It's like they're intentionally trying to confuse consumers."

Really unprofessional to state what you did, but I do fully agree on the seemingly incompetence/disinformation of IT salespersons globally.

FIRSTLY the alpha part refers to added features and slightly tweaked hardware ranging from standard to high end defining it in class' as follows.
GS - GT - GTS - GTX.
the GS is more for bussiness purposes or just average funtionality.


LokizFenrir posted a reply   

& GTS for gaming and extended multimedia functionality.
GTX top tier for the full-blown enthusiast experience.
The different class' is also indicative of ram and gpu quality, speed and architecture limmitations to bring down the cost for consumers.

SECONDLY their new naming confention is quite simple
2xx / 3xx / 4xx / 5xx /6xx /7xx refers to the Series, and is only indicative of how new the product is.

the x10 / x30 /x40 /x50 /x60 / x70 / x90 however is where the onus lies that number reffers to the card architecture for example the 550GTX is just the 450GTX but with newer gpu architexture and tweaks. as is the 570 of the 470 etc etc.

So how do I choose one?
Well i want to game/video edit... so i choose the GT
My Cash is semi limited so i would go with the x50 architecture.
But my budget allows me to get the more recent version.
Hence: nVidia GT650

Easy as pie.
Dont be a noob.
Rather ask than make bold inaccurate speculations.


dougaussie posted a comment   

if your going to be doing a lot of writing its keyboard, keyboard, keyboard. I bought a laptop and its space bar needed to be hit twice to work. The specs like dual core, i5, ram and everything is all nonsense unless your into graphics or games. As to warranty in 18 months your system will be out of date.


AnthonyD3 posted a comment   
New Zealand

The extended warranties might be useless where you are, the ones I sell are great, the limited 1 yr m/warranty is all but useless, most faults will either be in the first two to three months or the 14 to 18 moth period, where full repairs


SandeepM posted a comment   

4 x 2.0 GHz may not be equal to 8.0 GHz but they definitely mean multiple application run in parallel as compared and still able to get the CPU time.

With that said, I agree a 4 core might not make much difference as compared to 2 core as a computer still spend most of the time doing I/O where CPU sits idle.


AlokY posted a comment   

change your homepage to remove virus
and i5 second gen is better than 3rd gen ivy bridge


CampbellS posted a comment   

What ? webpages load faster when you have faster internet not on the freaken graphic card. haahahaahaha

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