Recently I was in the market to buy a brand new laptop. My old one was one the verge dieing and I needed something that I could use to keep my business running. So I began searching for best laptop brands out there and realized very quickly that this was going to be a bit tougher than I realized.
So in this article I’m going to share my experience with you as to how I bought my new laptop, show you a few things to avoid, and finally I’m going to give you a quick video review of the laptop I bought.
Why It’s Hard To Find The Best Brand Laptops
The first thing you’ll need to know is that their is no perfect laptop when it comes buying one. I personally believe it’s all based on what you want and what you are using the laptop for.
For example, I want a laptop that works great for typing and internet use. This laptop will mostly be for business use and writing article for my online business. So this will bring out several requirements that I will need, your needs may be different than mine but here is a quick list of the things I wanted to see in my laptop.
- Compact. I would prefer the laptop to be compact and light weight. This way I can grab and go if I need to since I’m usually on the move.
- Wifi. It needs to have wifi capabilities built into so I can access the internet. The wifi should also be able to access G and N based routers, that way I’m compatible with all the different routers available.
- Long Battery Life. This laptop needs to have a long battery life since I may not always be close to an electrical outlet. This will also be better since my previous laptop only had 5 minutes of battery life.
- Storage. Next this laptop needs to have a lot of storage for holding pictures videos and whatever else I come across. My previous laptop only had 40 gig of space so anything will be an improvement.
- Price. Finally, I’m looking for the best laptop computer brand that will have the most affordable price as well. My budget at the time was $400 and I really didn’t want to surpass it.
Things You Should Look For
Now that we know what I’m looking for I need to find a laptop that matches those criteria. I thought this might easy but the problem is their are so many to choose from and thankfully for me I had a brother who knows a lot about computers and was able to point out a few things I should look at before I buy.
Operating System. The first thing you should look into is the operating system. The best laptop brands will have Windows 7 installed on them already, however some laptops may still have Windows XP on them and if you buy one with an older version you may have to pay to upgrade the latest version. On top of that the smaller laptops, called netbooks, will come with Windows 7 starter edition. Their is nothing wrong with this version of Windows it’s just stripped down version of the Windows 7 home edition.
RAM. Next make sure you check out how much RAM your laptop can hold. RAM is important because it will speed up you laptop. While bigger laptops can hold around 4 gigs of RAM the smaller laptops, such as the ones I’m looking at, may only hold one to two gig of RAM. In fact some will only hold one gig of RAM at max, however I would suggest 2 gig for a minimum. Most smaller laptops will come with 1 gig of RAM and you may have to buy a 2 gig stick.
Functionality. Finally, look at what kind of functions the laptop is capable of. For example the laptop I ended up buying has 3 USB ports which allows me to hook up other thinks like a mouse, keyboard or even an external DVD drive. On top of that I can also put smaller SD cards for downloading pictures off of my camera as well.
A Review Of the Asus Laptop Netbook
Now that I’ve given you the criteria, and few things to look for I’m going to show you a short video of the laptop I bought. The laptop I purchased was the Asus Eee PC Seashell 1005PE. I chose this laptop for a few reasons. First it has an 11 hour battery life, it’s very compact weighing only 4.5 pounds, carries an internal wifi card, has a 250 gig hard drive along with 250 gig internet storage and most of all only cost $335. Watch the video review below to learn more about the best brand laptop I bought.