Wednesday, 28 October 2015

How To Choose The Best Desktop Replacement Laptops

Have you decided to change your old desktop PC with a brand new laptop? If so, when looking for the best desktop replacement laptops there are quite a few features to consider:

Laptop Processor

When choosing the CPU that goes with your laptop, make sure you choose a powerful processor to be able to handle anything you throw at it. The new powerful CPUs like Intel Core 2 Duo or the AMD Turion 64 X2 are some of the best picks today to include in the best desktop replacement laptops. Be advised that the higher you go on the CPU scale, the more heat will be generated by the processor, and the more you eat up from your laptop's battery life.

Laptop Memory

The system RAM on your laptop is an important feature to look after when choosing your desktop replacement. Don't go cheap when it comes to RAM, as you'll be cursing the day you bought the laptop with only a 512 MB configuration. As a standard user, your aim should be somewhere in the range of 1GB of RAM, but if you're a hardcore gamer of graphics designer, then the same aim should go much higher in the 2GB and up range.

Graphics Card

If you're a hardcore gamer then your laptop should carry one of the latest mobile graphics solutions from either nVidia or ATI. Some of the newer laptops that came out even have a dual graphics card configuration via SLI (Scalable Link Interface). As a gamer, you should never go for laptops that carry an integrated graphics card. If you're not a gamer, then a video card with 256MB of graphics memory should be enough for most applications and movie watching.

Data Storage - HDD

Some regular users don't look at the Hard Drive configuration of a laptop since they are not interested in storing large quantities of data on their computer. If you're a casual user, then your laptop should carry a hard drive somewhere in the range of 100GB.

If you do a lot of work, or just like to improve your multimedia collection, then your desktop replacement laptop should be somewhere in the 250GB - 500GB range. Some newer laptop models even carry two drives and can be configured in RAID Level 0, l or 2.

You need to make sure your hard drives have a minimum rotation speed of 5400 RPM. Some newer versions carry the 7200ROPM drives, so they get a pretty good speed increase.

High-end laptops carry the new Solid State Disk Technology, which doesn't use spinning disks to access the data stored, and are the fastest hard drives to date. These options offer the fastest booting times, they have a much lower weight to them and they are pretty resistant to mechanical shocks.

The SSD is still quite expensive, and the drives themselves offer lower storage capacity (32 - 64GB range), but have a longer life and increased speed.

Until the prices go a little lower, the traditional hard drive with spinning disks is recommended for your desktop replacement laptop.

Laptop Optical Drive

When choosing a desktop replacement laptop, you should opt for those that carry a decent optical drive, usually a DVD burner, which can write CDs and DVDs. The drives speed is in direct proportion to its price, so faster drives are more expensive. You can even go for the new Blu-Ray disc burners, but these sorts of upgrades are usually very expensive, even though they provide true HD movie playback and the ability to burn up to 50GB of information to dual layer Blu-Ray discs.

Laptop Casing

Weight is an issue when choosing a desktop replacement laptop. While some laptops carry the standard plastic case, the ones with metal cases are much more recommended since they dissipate heat a lot better and thus save a lot of battery and CPU life in the end.

Plastic is a thermal insulator, so it's not recommended on a laptop which generates a lot of heat (the ones with high-end CPUs for example).

Wireless Internet Connection

Integrated 802.11 Wi-Fi wireless networking is a feature you should be looking for in a desktop replacement laptop. Since your laptop is a portable computer, you need to ensure that the possibility of internet connection is available even on the go. If you want to increase the range of your internet connectivity, you should look for laptops which allow you to use WWAN modules, which will grant you access to the internet via cellular networks.

Laptop Screen

You should always look for the right balance between portability and screen size. Laptops can go very high in diagonal screen size, but to keep it lighter and easier to carry, opt for a standard 15.4 inch one. You should also check the picture quality if you need to use the laptop for movie watching - DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs are very high on the quality scale nowadays.

Some laptops can go to extreme screen sizes of up to 20 inches, but these aren't recommended since they are a lot bulkier than their 15.4 inch counterparts.

Also, the backlighting of the laptops screen should be LED, since the ones that carry fluorescent tubes tend to have a shorter life, are heavier and have increased power consumption.

Also, if you are looking for the desktop replacement which will allow you to make video-conferencing possible, you should look for laptops which carry a built-in webcam.

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