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When Cheap Does not mean Low Quality

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With supermarkets offering some great deals on laptops and days like Black Friday also giving the opportunity to grab a bargain (literally), there has never been a better time to pick yourself up a good quality laptop, and after all, who wants to pay more than they need to in order to get what they want.

What you need to remember is that cheap does not always mean low quality and thankfully if you cannot afford more than £500 on a lap top (as long as you do not want to pay 3D games) there is a good selection of portable computers out there.

When considering a new laptop there are a few specifications you need to check out to make sure that it suits your needs.  These specifications include the screen size, how much memory it has installed (the RAM) which should not be confused with the storage capacity of a hard disk or solid state drive.

Okay the screen sizes you get today are mostly around the 13 – 15 inch, with the viewable screen area being measured diagonally.  There are some 17inch models out there used mainly as gaming machine, all round family entertainment centres or professional workstations.  All laptops are able to store vast amounts of favourite music and game sites like Fruity King besides your horde of favourite videos as disks are now so cheap that laptop makers can afford to add 500GB or even 1TB disks to their cheaper machines.

The screen size also gives a guide to the overall weight of the laptop and this will be important if you are going to be carrying the machine about. Generally most 13inch laptops weigh between 1.3 and 1.6kg, and most 15inch models weigh in between 2 – 3kg.

The processor lies at the heart of the computer, although laptop chips reached a fast level some years ago with almost any processor from AMD or Intel being fast enough to handle the Windows operating system and programs like Microsoft Office.  Power efficiency with cheap chips tend to be less power efficient than Core i3/5/7, which means that those laptops burn energy needlessly in order to carry out the same work, which in itself means that they require a larger battery to run the same amount of time.  Often you will find that they have the same size battery but have a shorter life before they run flat.

Fast storage is very important when making a computer feel fast and responsive but as yet the cheapest laptops do not feature the best option of a solid state drive (SSD) although you can get a hybrid model which has a small SSD capacity together with a hard disk drive, usually referred to as a SSHD (solid state hard drive), and this is a cost effective way to get some of the benefits of both technologies available.

Whatever you choice may be the good news is that more and more cheap, good quality laptops are finding their way onto your supermarket shelves which makes buying your new machine an even simpler process.

Remember too that supermarkets also offer you their own store guarantee besides your statuary rights which often means they will either replace an item that is faulty or repair it for you, free of charge.


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