Depending on what you're trying to do, I have had 2 brands that seem to get higher marks than the others. Both Acer
are great choices and have Notebook and Ultrabook options
. Dell.com has a few options as well. I've heard decent things about the Lenovo
as well, but to a lesser extent. At the bottom you'll see my 3 setup options.
3 Major things in all computers (in order of importance)
1. RAM (8GB, 12GB, 16GB)
2. Chip (Intel or AMD)
3. Hard Drive (500GB, 750GB, 1TB, 2TB)
iseverythingto a computer. Every time your computer has to go to the hard drive, it slows everything down. Get as much RAM as possible. RAM is CHEAP today, so spend your money on it! The more RAM, the faster your computer will be.
Standard amount of RAM today is 6GB. So...in numerical order, look at:
- There are two major manufacturers of chips. Intel and AMD.
Here is a link to compare them:AMD and Intel
My first choice is ALWAYS an Intel chip.
Things to look for:
The higher the number, the faster the chip. i5 - good, i7 - better
2. GHz -
the speed of the chip (2.7, 2.8, 3.2). The higher the number, the faster the chip.
3. Cores -
How many processors there are on the chip. In the old days (5 years ago) computers only had 1 processor. Today, they have multiple processors. You'll see Dual-Core and Quad-Core.
As always, more is better.
4. 64 bit or 32 bit? -
Go with 64 bit
3. Hard Drive -
today, hard drives are HUGE! The average person should be able to get by with a 500GB Hard Drive. But good luck finding a computer with one that size!
After all of the above, the rest is just fluff.
How big of a monitor (desktop) or screen (laptop) do you want?
How does the keyboard and mouse feel? (with a desktop, you can change the out easily). with a laptop, make sure you like the keyboard that is built in, and the touchpad.
Lastly...Operating system. Windows 8 is here!
It has a fairly large learning curve, so be prepared to spend some time "googling"
"How do I...." as you learn it. If you don't want to do that, I'd recommend using Classic Shell or Start8 to make it run like a Windows 7 machine
Low End Laptop Computer - $350 - $450
- 4GB RAM
- Intel i3 chip or AMD Chip
- 300 - 500GB Hard Drive
Medium End Laptop Computer $550 - $650
- 6GB RAM
- Intel i5 chip
- 500 - 750GB Hard Drive
High End Laptop Computer - $750 or more
- 8GB RAM (or more)
- Intel i7 chip
- 750GB - 2TB