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The time has come for you to buy a new laptop. It is an exciting experience, but it can also be an intimidating one. After all there are a dizzying array of options for you to choose from and a million questions to contend with. How big of a hard drive do I really need? Should I get an ultrathin model? Do I really need a DVD burner? Should I get a Windows or a Mac? What about graphics; do I really need a top of line card? Well, today we are going to get you some answers so that you can go into the store with a clear goal and the confidence to make the right decision for you.
The thing about buying a computer, or any piece of software is that there is no such thing as “one size fits all” advice. The things that are right for you will depend greatly on how you use the machine. To that end we are going to look at some of the basic types of users and look at what they need.
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The email, web browsing and word documents user.
Congratulations: you are the most basic of users, and that means that you will be happy with a very basic machine. That means that you will be able to spend the least in order to get what you need.
Some recommended models for this type of user include:
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The database user.
If you use your computer to make a database or to deal with reports then you are probably going to have a bit more in the way of PC needs. Who might use a database? Well, human resources professionals and accounting professionals come to mind but anyone who works with a lot of spreadsheets could also be in the category. You are going to need a better machine.
Recommendations for this type of user include:
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The Gamer or Media Downloader
You use your computer to watch movies and play games. Whether that means a software based title or an MMORPG, you will have the same needs, a decent sized hard drive and a stellar graphics card.
Some recommended Models include:
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What if you are in between, or you will be sharing the machine with a spouse or sibling (some families do this)? Well, then you need to buy a machine for the highest level of user. Remember that an email checker can do what they need to on a gaming machine, but it won't work the other way around. Granted, sharing a laptop is an unusual situation, but it does happen.