Buying a laptop: everything you need to know

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Buying a laptop: everything you need to know
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salesperson actually knows what you need or if they’re
just trying to upsell you. If you want to make sure you’re
getting the right laptop and not leaving the store with
any extraneous purchases, you’ll need to know how to
safely navigate a retail store.
*IX. Kicking the Tires
Whether you buy a laptop in a brick-and-mortar store
or from an online retailer, you’ll want to put it through
its paces before committing for the long haul. In 10
minutes, by asking the right questions, you can leave
confident that you’ve found a winner – or avoided a
lemon.
Does it feel like it’s made of cheap plastic? Do its
metal surfaces feel more like a soda can than strong,
quality aluminum? How much glossy translucent
plastic covers the laptop, and can you scratch it with
your fingernail? Are there particularly obnoxious
seams in the frame, and does it feel like the laptop
would crack open if you ever dropped it a few feet?
When you open and close the hinge, does it feel like
you’re going to break off the lid, and does the screen
stay in place? Do the colors on that screen go funky
when you angle it slightly? Does it get as bright and as
dim as you’d like, and does it do so without washing
out?
When you press down on the keyboard, firmly, does
the whole surface give beneath your fingers? Do the
keys feel mushy, or so firm they make your joints
ache? Could you imagine yourself spending full work
days typing out a college thesis using those keys?
Can you type without the mouse cursor jerking
around, and can you comfortably and quickly make
that cursor move where you’d like? Does the
computer boot quickly, and does it wake quickly from
sleep? Do programs open immediately, or is there an
annoying delay? Do the hardware buttons for volume,
brightness, and so on work as soon as you press? If
there’s a touchscreen, does it perform to your
satisfaction?
*X. Avoiding the
Salesman
Most salespeople want to see you leave the store with
the right notebook for you, but that doesn’t mean
there’s no sales fluff – and when in doubt, ignore the
fluff. External monitors and storage drives are
frequently suggested as a complimentary sale, but it’s
probably best to wait and see if you actually need
either before making the purchase. An HDMI cable
may be a smart add-on if you plan to connect your
notebook to your television or another external
monitor, but don’t purchase the one they offer; there’s
no resolution difference between a $5 cable from
Amazon and an $80 cable. From cables to software
to the external mouse you probably don’t need, most
things are probably cheaper somewhere other than at
the register of your local Best Buy.
Make sure to read the details about what’s covered and
what’s not
Before accepting a store’s extended insurance plan,
check and see if you have a credit card that
automatically offers buyer’s protection. Select cards
from all four major credit companies will offer
purchase protection or extended warranties on
purchased items without charging any additional fees.
If not, be sure to read the details about what’s covered
and what’s not before you shell out the extra money
for the manufacturer’s policy. Apple’s support is the
easiest to use, with a growing number of Apple Stores
and up to three years of service and support with the
AppleCare Protection plan. Best Buy also offers in-
person support with Geek Squad protection, but this is
in addition to any manufacturer’s warranty on a
notebook.
*VI. Wrap-up
Wrap-up
It’s easy to categorize buying a laptop as coming upon
a fork in the road: this way lies power, this way
portability. The actual process is more complicated,
and much more rewarding – you don’t have to
sacrifice one for the other if you look in the right places.
And even if you buy a powerful, portable computer,
you’re going to hate it if it has a terrible keyboard and
trackpad, or if you can hardly see the display, or if
you’ll need to charge it more often than you need a
coffee refill. Since you’re going to be spending most of
your days in front of your laptop, it’s worth getting right.
There’s no one-size-fits-all laptop out there, and that’s
the best part
The key to choosing is to pick what’s right for you, and
to be realistic. If you don’t play games, don’t buy a
gaming PC; if you play too many games but wish you
played fewer, you should probably still get a gaming PC
just in case. Make sure you’re hitting a few baselines
on the spec sheet, but only splurge for more power in
the places you’ll need it.
There’s no one-size-fits-all laptop out there. That’s the
best part. With a little tailoring and attention, you can
get the perfect laptop for you.
And seriously: avoid anything called a “netbook.”

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