“Confused by all the possible laptops? Well we bring good news, with our guide to purchasing a new laptop or notebook you will have the knowledge you need to make an informed decision.”

Choosing a new laptop for your wife, girlfriend or daughter.

It can often be  daunting to even know where to start when considering purchasing a new laptop, however with out simple guide you will be armed with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision. From netbooks to notebooks to laptops, we will explain what all the possible combinations are and what you will need for your own individual needs.

First up, i think what we really need to tackle is what exactly is the difference between notebooks, netbooks and laptops. Lets start with netbooks/notebooks, these are what i like to call “mini laptops” for when compared to the standard laptop everything about them is minimised. From the actual physical size of the computer down to the technical specifications and processing power is smaller than that of they’re bigger brothers. Often, such netbooks are considered very much entry-level laptops, aimed more so at children or those that need extreme mobility without the power and specifications of an actual laptop. So if you’re looking to get your child interested in their first laptop a netbook may be the ideal way to start.

At the hear of every laptop lays its Central Processing Unit (CPU) which is essentially the brain of the laptop and provides all of the power. These days the CPU is separated into a number of different cores which handle the processing of data and information independently of each other and it’s suggested that you choose a model with at least 2 or dual cores. Thankfully however most modern laptops will come with at least 2 cores and often have 4 or more cores ensuring the maximum possible processing power.

Working alongside the CPU is the memory of your laptop, which is used to store information and data whilst the CPU works on other things. Here we would strongly suggest at least 2GB of memory, however this very much depends on your overall needs from the laptop. For example if it’s mostly to be used to browse the internet and type out essays etc then you can usually get away with a lower amount of memory. However if you’re looking to render high quality video or play the latest computer games then you really should be looking for around 4GB of memory to give your laptop all the power it needs to handle these complex tasks.

Another important item you should consider is the storage space offered, usually from your hard disk drive and it’s here we’d recommend the very least you accept is 250GB of storage which will give you plenty of room for all your photos, music and videos. Again, if you’re looking to process video or play the latest games then you should consider a larger disk drive, somewhere around the 500GB mark should be plenty for your requirements.

The final consideration to make is that of your laptops screen size, however this is largely going to be determined by your choice of netbook or actual laptop, with the main consideration being whether your screen is wide-screen or not. Although increasingly so most laptops will come with a wide-screen display and it’s fast becoming the standard in laptop design.