Nowadays, our newspapers and magazines are flooded with much cheaply-notebook-selling advertisement. From such established companies as Toshiba, IBM or Lenovo, HP, Acer until the newcomers as ECS, A Note, and BenQ, all are making advertisement. With only Rp.5 millions customers may bring the fashionable, cool one home.
Then, from teens of brands and types of notebooks found in the market, which one is fitting you? The following are some factors worth considering in choosing a notebook.
1. Decide the limit of price estimation
According to the finance consultants, we should buy a notebook based on our NEED, not DESIRE nor PRESTIGE.
2. The application most run
Should we need a notebook for typing, making a presentation, operating excel, surfing, or once in a while operating Photoshop, the one with an Intel Celeron or AMD Sempron processor is enough. Even, most of them are featured with WIFI. We don’t need to buy the one with an expensive Centrino feature, in that Celeron or Sempron is powerful enough to run a Photoshop, Corel, or even QuarkXPress program. When we need a more powerful yet cheap notebook, we can upgrade its RAM, for example, from 256 MB to more than 512 MB. However, for those who like to root computer programs, run heavy-load graphic design programs, it’s more appropriate to use such high-level processors as Core Duo, AMD Turion, Centrino, or even Core Solo, which in fact is powerful enough to be benefited.
But, we should note that the Core-Duo processors featured in most notebooks are not running as well 100% as the producers expect, since the processors demand new software meeting its “brain”, only a little found. As a result, the performance of these processors is not too sophisticating.
3. How mobile you’re
Choose the slimmer and lighter one the more mobile you’re. The average notebook weighs 2.3 – 2.5 Kg. When you are so mobile and always bring this notebook in your bag, for example, you may feel stiff after a long run. Ideally, for this condition, you find the light one, which can be brought easily. However, should you spend most of your days staying in your office, such notebook may be still appropriate.
You may also need to find a more durable battery. The average battery can stay for 2.5 – 3 hours. The ultra-low voltage ones as produced by Fujitsu, Sony Vaio, or Toshiba Portege can stay 4-7 hours. However, for those who are not high-frequent flyer, the battery with a 2.5-3- hour duration is enough.
Those favoring the small one will choose an 8, 10, 11, or 12-inch screen. Unlikely, such notebooks are usually price more. The average screen is 13 or 14 inches, or 15 inches usually priced lower. When you desire the wider yet not large one, choose a widescreen. A 13-inch widescreen is suitable; not too small and too large. However, if you’re a designer, a larger and wider one may fit you most.
5. Note the notebook we bought may drop even more
Within two years, the price of a used notebook may drop further of 2-4 millions. Then, it’s better for you to consider the decrease of the price, which can seem so crazy.
I prefer buying the one which is not too advanced, considering its price within two or four years will drop drastically, and reselling it will not be that easy. Buying an average notebook may be worth considering since it’s not that bad in its technology and still reasonable in its price.
Other minor factors need considering are its accessories such as Bluetooth connection, infrared, fingerprint security, or a card-reader.
That’s what we should know in time of buying a new notebook. If you have another factors worth considering, you may share it below in the comment box.