Computer users are increasingly turning to laptops as a secondary or even primary computer. Laptops, because of their smaller size, are usually more expensive than are desktops. Because of this, the old “give me the works” mentality can make for an expensive purchase.
In addition, laptops come in so many different configurations and with so many different features. It is best to first figure out what it is you will be doing with the laptop and then match that usage to the right combination.
The first decision to make is the Apple versus the PC. I have to disclose that although I’ve worked extensively on both, I have a strong preference for the Mac. The choice between the two is your to make, and it is something that we can discuss in the future. For now, whichever type you choose, let’s look at how much of a laptop you need based on how you might use it.
As the center of the home
Laptops now offer similar features to desktop computers with the added benefit of being able to be moved around from room to room. In fact, there is actually a category of laptops known as desktop replacements. These laptops tend to be larger and more packed with features. For a second computer that will primarily be used at home, check out a mid-sized laptop, because they are very budget friendly.
As a traveling companion
Will you be taking your laptop everywhere you go? Whether you travel for business or just try to get some e-mail done while being a sideline soccer mom, laptops that spend a lot of time away from the home or office should be ones deemed ultra-portable. These laptops are the smallest ones around and can weigh less than four pounds. The new Mac ultra portable laptop is thin enough to fit inside a manilla envelope. Ultra-portable laptops don’t have the best performance or the most features, but your back or arms will thank you.
Next up, I’ll talk about how much laptop you need for schoolwork, for business, for games and for multimedia.
Mary Ann Romans writes about everything related to saving money in the Frugal Blog, technology in the Computing Blog, and creating a home in the Home Blog. You can read more of her articles by clicking here.