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Current PC tips to choose the perfect laptop


The large number of variants, manufacturers and different configurations makes choosing a laptop very complex and, generally, based on the opinion of someone close, chance or the offer of the moment.

Laptops are the best sellers right now. They are attractive, powerful, and their prices have dropped dramatically in recent years. However, the large number of variants, manufacturers and configurations makes the choice very complex and, generally, based on the opinion of someone close, chance or the offer of the moment.

Pay attention to the following details

Tip 1. Display

Before even considering whether we need an ultrabook, netbook or any of the other variants, the first thing we must consider is the screen we really want to work with. It may seem like a secondary issue, however, this aspect is what will mark the rest of our decisions.

If we are going to spend many hours in front of the laptop or most of the time we will use the computer at home / office without moving it, we will be interested in a large screen even if we lose mobility and gain weight. In those cases, it may pay us to carry a kilo more of weight when we move, in exchange for working more comfortably everywhere. Currently, we can find screens with sizes ranging from 10 to 17-18 inches.

On the other hand, we have to look at two fundamental variables: the finish (matte or glossy) and the maximum resolution. Regarding the first case, the usual thing today is that the screens are bright, as they are brighter and with more vivid colors. Of course, on the other hand, they suffer more reflections and are uncomfortable to use with nearby light sources. Many times it is a matter of taste, but we hardly find equipment with matte screens and, when we do, it is models aimed primarily at professional environments, where the objective is to avoid reflections from the typical fluorescent lighting in offices or to be able to work at full capacity. Sun.

Regarding resolution, each size has its maximum figures, although we can summarize that, on screens up to 11 ”, the ideal is to have 1,366 x 768 pixels; While, if we talk about 13 inches and up, we recommend figures that are above, always looking for the maximum possible. With current operating systems, it does not make much sense to buy screens with not very high resolutions, since less information will fit on the screen, and working with several applications at the same time will be more uncomfortable.

Tip 2. Size and Weight

The next factor, and probably for many the most important, is the tandem size / weight of the machine. If we are looking for something very light to take anywhere in the minimum space, our choice will be a netbook, ultrabook or ultralight. In the same way, if we are just going to move and look for attributes such as a wider keyboard or maximum power, our gaze should be directed to the largest teams. We will save some money and we will have a machine more suited to our needs.

Even so, some sections should be reviewed. For example, if we are going to write regularly, we must check that the case we choose has a good surface to support the wrists and, most importantly, that the keyboard is wide and comfortable to touch. Nor can we forget to check the thickness: a computer with a very high base, ends up being uncomfortable to write for a long time, because our arms will be far from the table and we will have discomfort when leaning on the edge areas.

In general, except in specific cases, our proposal is to look for models up to 2.5 kg for standard laptops (14-15 “screens) and below those two kilos if we want to prioritize portability, in which case we would talk about ultraportables, ultrabooks or netbooks (in these last two, the weight will be around 1 Kg).

Tip 3. What makes the difference

More than in another class of computers, in the segment that concerns us, it is where we can find the greatest differences in terms of materials and construction. There are huge differences between some manufacturers and others in the chassis / cases, efficiency of the cooling system, optimization for energy consumption and even things less obvious at first glance, such as the touch of the keyboard / touchpad, the location of the different ports. , the quality of the sound system or its ease of connecting different accessories.

Of course, many of these details are in line with the price. The solutions of certain manufacturers, range and cost are assumed to be of a minimum quality in most of these aspects, although we can take more than one surprise. If you have the opportunity, we urge you to “meet in person” the laptop you want to buy and carry out a visual inspection as critical as possible. In large stores, where there are dozens of products on display, it is easy to see the quality shown by one and the other with the naked eye by direct comparison.

Other issues, however, will not appear until we start using it. Here, more than ever, it is important to look for opinions on the Internet from other users and, in general, to try to buy equipment from reputable brands. Companies such as Toshiba, HP, Lenovo, Dell, Apple, etc., on a regular basis, offer us products with a much higher quality than those of other companies where their main asset is the tightest selling price.

Tip 4. Accessories and spare parts

Finally, although many times it is not something decisive at the time of purchase, the manufacturer’s support for accessories and spare parts for the chosen model must be taken into account. Higher capacity batteries or additional power supplies (to have in the office or another home) can be essential on many occasions and not all manufacturers contemplate them to buy them later. We also have the issue of spare parts.

Laptops present two major risks. On the one hand, being machines that we move everywhere and with moving parts, it is easy for them to suffer blows, falls or breaks of all kinds. On the other hand, we will rarely be able to repair them with compatible components, as is the case with a desktop, so we will need the manufacturer to have specific spare parts.

Precisely due to these kinds of situations, it is good to opt for renowned labels with a clear local presence, and even consider the option of buying spare parts online (HP, for example, offers this possibility at the address http: // partsurfer. hp.com). The out-of-warranty repair may be so expensive that it doesn’t pay for the fix (it’s quite common with displays or motherboards), but it’s much more frustrating that we don’t even have a chance to fix it because there’s no way to get a certain part.

Affordable laptops with exciting features

Although there is great diversity among the equipment we analyze in our Laboratory in terms of configurations, in this showcase we show you eight interesting alternatives

Although there is great diversity among the equipment that we analyze in our Laboratory in terms of configurations, in this showcase we show you eight interesting alternatives that you can find in stores.

In the entry range there are many alternatives available. Unfortunately, and despite the fact that from the Current PC Laboratory we have done everything possible to have the maximum participation in our last comparison, manufacturers as common in stores as Acer, Asus, Dell, HP or Packard Bell ended up declining the invitation. However, all of them have affordable price laptops, so, despite not being able to analyze them, we want to show you in the following showcase some models that you can find on the Internet or in large stores.

Likewise, we incorporate other proposals from firms that have given us their equipment to evaluate their performance, so that you have more to choose from.

Acer Aspire 4752

Acer was one of the first manufacturers to cut margins and market cheap notebooks. This model, belonging to its well-known Aspire range, opts for a smaller screen size than usual (14.3 ”), although it is not something that is positively reflected in the weight (2.6 Kg). It comes with 4 Gbytes of RAM, 500 Gbyte hard drive, DVD +/- RW optical drive, Intel HD 3,000 integrated graphics, Windows 7 Home Premium, and governing all these components, an Intel Core i3-2330M processor.

Asus K52F

As well as being one of the forerunners of the netbook market with its flagship EEE series, Asus is also one of the veteran fighters across all notebook ranges. This K52F offers us, for less than 500 euros, a 2.4 GHz Intel Core i3 370M processor, a 15.6 ”HD screen, Intel integrated graphics and other characteristics very similar to those we are used to seeing. Its orientation towards the world of work is confirmed by coming with Windows 7 Professional pre-installed, while its guarantee of only twelve months is an aspect to value.

Dell Inspiron 15R

Dell was the pioneer in betting exclusively on the online sale of computers in the past decade, and the list that it offers both individuals and professionals is immense, with really wide customization options.

This Inspiron15R, from 499 euros, allows us to change the appearance of the laptop easily through interchangeable color covers (Switch by Desing Studio), each available for about 40 euros. In addition, it is compatible with Intel WiDi, to watch movies wirelessly on televisions that support this standard.

HP Pavilion dm1

This Pavilion dm1 stands out both for its affordable price (379 euros) and for incorporating Beats Audio technology, with which those looking for a device with which to play music with good quality will be satisfied. In addition, the HP Premier Experience suite of utilities facilitates the most common tasks in Windows through shortcuts and a simple interface. The 11.6 ”screen format results in high mobility. Of course, we will only have 2 Gbytes of RAM, somewhat short by current standards, and dispenses with an optical drive