“Laptop specs” is short for laptop specs. There are a number of different laptop specifications to consider when purchasing a laptop – some are more important than others. You don’t have to become a computer guru to buy a good laptop, but a short crash course in the core components would probably go a long way.
A USB drive for use with a laptop.
As computer technologies advance so rapidly, the best way to know the latest and most important specs is to do some basic laptop reviews research on a search engine or tech website. Many websites allow visitors to compare laptops against each other to better identify the right laptop as per the potential buyer’s needs.
A stick of RAM, for a laptop.
The first specification that stands out is the processor. This is the engine, or brain, of the laptop. Two things will be noted about the processor – the make, the model and the speed. While the laptop is supposed to be fast, spending a lot of money just to get the fastest processor might not be the right way to go. What’s right for a particular buyer depends on how the laptop will be used. If it’s used for basic Internet browsing, emailing, chatting, and basic document creation, the fastest processor available is probably not needed. However, if a laptop is used to play online games, the processor speed becomes crucial to the overall game performance.
The screen size of a laptop can be an important laptop specification among avid gamers.
Another important laptop specification is memory. There are different types of memory, but when talking about laptop memory, random access memory (RAM) is usually the type being referred to. Memory is proportional to processor speed – one needs to be increased to see increases in the other. Increasing a computer’s memory will allow it to perform more tasks at the same time. Making a list of all the programs that are likely to be used on the laptop will help determine how much memory is needed for the laptop to run efficiently.
Specifications like processor speed are crucial in determining the types of things a consumer can do with a computer, including gaming and graphics processing.
Laptop screen size is the most important of all laptop specs for some users, usually gamers and people who like to watch movies on their laptops. Nobody likes a very small screen, but if the laptop is not being used for movies or games, then one might consider buying a smaller screen to use the price increase on other features. Sometimes the main selling point of a laptop model is the display, and upon closer inspection it becomes evident that the display has taken up most of the selling cost.
Hard drive space may be an important laptop spec.
After considering the main laptop specs, peripherals will come into play. These are the other features that can be added to the computer to enhance functionality. This includes things like CD/DVD drives, disk drives, hard drives, sound cards, network cards, USB drives, and a host of other devices. While the quality of the peripherals that come with a computer is important, they can typically be added in the future. Most of them are “plug & play,” which means that you can just plug them into your computer and use them. Chances are that any laptop purchased from the store will have the latest key peripherals.
One peripheral that might play a more important role functionally is the hard drive. This is the space that the laptop will store all of its files in. The amount of space that is offered on hard drives is always increasing. Potential buyers should estimate what they will be needing in terms of hard drive space and purchase accordingly. If a hard drive becomes too small, one can purchase an external hard drive to supplement the laptop’s existing one.
Even though having a basic knowledge of the laptop specs that are generally the most important is useful to the potential laptop buyer, it might not be enough. Knowing how the laptop will be used will also be key in determining what specs are required. When in doubt, online review sites or salespeople at computer stores should be used for collecting more information.
Most laptops come with a built-in CD/DVD player.