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A Shopping Guide: How to find what you’re looking for

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Lately lots of people come up to me, asking me for help concerning PCs or laptops. Since it’s always the same pattern of them not knowing what they actually want, and me saying the same thing over and over to everyone who asks me, I decided to write this little guide which can be applied not just to IT equipment, but also all other things you wish to purchase.

First of all think of what you want to do with the item, in this case a laptop.
Do you want to play games? Do you want to surf the web and stay in touch with friends? Do you want to use high end graphic programs? For each question you need a different type of set up, which will be the ‘main ingredients’ or ‘frame’ of your search for the right item.

Let’s say you only want to use the laptop to surf the web and communicate with friends, so now you have to go into more details. Think about what you need in order to do all that. For sure it will need to have a network card so you can go online at all. Since you’re not planing on using it for graphic programs or games, you won’t need a high end graphics card, sound card or a lot of memory (both RAM and HDD). So you might just need up to 2GB RAM, and a 100GB HDD. Nowadays most messaging programs offer video chat, so a built-in webcam can come in handy. A fancy new Operating System might not be needed either, so Vista or XP might be the cheaper alternative to Windows 7. Since it’s the very basic things you wish to do with the notebook, you might as well consider buying a netbook, which are made for even this purpose. Unfortunately though, they are very small and it can be a hassle typing or reading on them. So think about what is more important to you: The weight and size or ease of use. What you shouldn’t forget to take a look at is the battery. After all you want to be mobile, but what good is it, if it lasts only 30minutes?

So after you made a list of all the things you need it to have, start looking for laptops which meet your requirements and once you found one that seems to be matching and in the price range you want it to be, search for reviews about it. If the merchant offers to sell the notebook with different options, e.g. 2 different types of graphic cards, then check review of those. Last but not least, when you finally have the perfect notebook or netbook for you, take a look at the merchant and the terms and conditions. Checking reviews always is a great help in making decisions. Of course it’s not 100% guaranteed since everyone experiences things differently, but it gives you a general idea.

All the steps I talked about can be applied for whatever you wish to buy. May it be a new outfit, a car, telephone service or even food.
First think about what you want to do with it or what about it will be of most importance to you. Then think of what it needs so it can fulfil the wanted purpose. After that look if you can find an item that gets as close to what you want as possible and last but not least check reviews to help you make the right decision.

I hope this will help all who aren’t sure about what exactly they want and need.

 

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Written by Samantha A. P. Ocean

December 28, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Posted in Guides, Shopping

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