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Things To Consider Before Buying Laptop by Kaybaba5(m): 2:44pm On Dec 24, 2014
Consider The Size Of Your Laptop

How often are you likely to be carrying your laptop? Are you after a notebook to play games and run graphics-intensive programs like photo editing software? Generally speaking, laptops with more features are less portable.

Lightweight and ultra-portable notebooks are a great option for people like students who need to carry them everywhere, as they range from under 2kg up to 4kg
Midsize and desktop-replacement laptops offer more features and are better suited to gaming and graphics-intensive programs like video and photo editing. They range from around 3kg to 5kg

Brain Speed – The Faster, The Better


Processors are often referred to as the "brains" of a laptop because they determine how fast your computer functions. The speed of the processor is measured in GHz (gigahertz). It's always safest to go with the fastest you can afford.

The Grunt

RAM (Random Access Memory) helps your processor perform tasks by acting as a temporary storage point.

In short, the more RAM you have, the more programs you can keep open at once, and the faster your computer will go
Our laptops range between 2GB and 16GB of RAM
A graphics (or video) card acts as a separate processor for rendering the images on the screen
Graphics cards draw on their own RAM, so the computer's performance is not impeded
This is important for graphics-intensive programs, such as games and movies.

THE HARD DRIVE
The hard drive is where your computer stores your files. Storage capacity is measured in gigabytes (GB)

The more GB, the more files you can fit. If you want to store large files like high-quality photos, movies or music you should aim for a range between 500GB and 3TB
A laptop used solely for Internet, email and minimal image storage should get away with 250GB or less

How Long Does The Battery Last?

Typical laptop battery life is between three to five hours. If you're travelling and away from a power source for extended periods of time, then consider laptop computers with a battery life of over five hours.

Connecting Your Laptop To Other Devices

Consider the devices that you want to connect your laptop to. Multiple USB ports are necessities for iPods, digital cameras and external hard drives; also look for FireWire ports.

For connecting to monitors and projectors, look for a VGA connection at minimum. Aim for a DVI, HDMI or DisplayPort as well
Integrated wireless networking (Wi-Fi) will allow you to connect to a range of different networks without needing any wires or cords

Consider These "Usability" Factors

Laptops usually come with a pointing stick or a touch pad instead of a mouse. Make sure that you're comfortable using them
Also check that the layout and size of the keyboard is easy to use, and that the screen size suits your needs
If you're planning on working outside, check that there is a matte screen option to reduce glare

If you are switching from PC to Apple, or vice versa, it's important to note that Apple products have different shortcuts and a different look and feel to using them. However, making the switch either way is quite easy.

Match Your Lifestyle

Home and Business: Surf the net, work on multiple documents, watch movies, and manage your family photos and music.

Size: Look for a portable laptop under 4kg
Memory: Aim for the most memory you can, upwards of 250GB
Connectivity: Multiple USB ports, Wi-Fi, Firewire and a DVI or HDMI

Students and Travellers: Store your photos, music and videos, surf the Net and work on graphics-intensive programs, like photo editing.

Size: Choose an ultra-portable notebook under 2kg
Grunt: Look for a processor of at least 2GHz and 2GB RAM
Screen: Look for a matte screen to reduce glare when outdoors

Gamers: You'll need a fast, powerful machine to play your favourite games wherever you are in the world.

Size: Choose a larger screen, like a 15.6-inch one
Graphics: Add a separate graphics card with at least 1GB RAM
Connectivity: HDMI, multiple USB, eSATA, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth




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Re: Things To Consider Before Buying Laptop by Abduletudaye(m): 2:48pm On Dec 24, 2014
Hi..I just got a new laptop and I don't know how to check the graphic card size...

Its 1.8Ghz sha with 4Gb Ram witn Win 8 OS..

*modified* FTC!!!!! Hehe...*dancing shoki* grin

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Re: Things To Consider Before Buying Laptop by Weselion(m): 2:52pm On Dec 24, 2014
Noted, but i just recently replaced mine.
Re: Things To Consider Before Buying Laptop by Kaybaba5(m): 2:52pm On Dec 24, 2014
Abduletudaye:
Hi..I just got a new laptop and I don't know how to check the graphic card size...

Its 1.8Ghz sha with 4Gb Ram witn Win 8 OS..

IS IT INTEL OR NVIDIA GRAPHICS
Re: Things To Consider Before Buying Laptop by Abduletudaye(m): 2:55pm On Dec 24, 2014
Kaybaba5:


IS IT INTEL OR NVIDIA GRAPHICS

Its Intel...
Re: Things To Consider Before Buying Laptop by Nobody: 2:58pm On Dec 24, 2014
Abduletudaye:
Hi..I just got a new laptop and I don't know how to check the graphic card size...

Its 1.8Ghz sha with 4Gb Ram witn Win 8 OS..

Computer --> system properties --> windows index --> view and print detailed performance and system information (something like that sha),you would see a page with all the hardwares and softwares installed on your machine.

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Re: Things To Consider Before Buying Laptop by Abduletudaye(m): 3:04pm On Dec 24, 2014
Jregz:


Computer --> system properties --> windows index --> view and print detailed performance and system information (something like that sha),you would see a page with all the hardwares and softwares installed on your machine.

Ok, will try it..

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Re: Things To Consider Before Buying Laptop by Abduletudaye(m): 3:09pm On Dec 24, 2014
Jregz:


Computer --> system properties --> windows index --> view and print detailed performance and system information (something like that sha),you would see a page with all the hardwares and softwares installed on your machine.

Total available graphics memory = 1674MB or 1.674GB
Dedicated graphics memory = 32MB
Dedicated system memory = 0MB
Shared system memory = 1642MB or 1.642GB

Is this good enough for games like pes2014/Pes2015/Fifa 2015
Re: Things To Consider Before Buying Laptop by Nobody: 3:19pm On Dec 24, 2014
Abduletudaye:


Total available graphics memory = 1674MB or 1.674GB
Dedicated graphics memory = 32MB
Dedicated system memory = 0MB
Shared system memory = 1642MB or 1.642GB

Is this good enough for games like pes2014/Pes2015/Fifa 2015
fifa is going to "lag die", like extremely slow.

PES 14 would play but believe me,it's going to be slow, it's minimum is 128mb dedicated graphics mem..

You only have two options --- play an older version of PES, PES 13 would run well (even tho,you are going to get some blah blah messages about your video ram when starting the app) Or consider getting a new graphics card (512mb minimum).....



y'all should stop quoting me jare, you can get a new graphics card for a laptop..it's a two way fold thing, either you change your motherboard or get an external video card

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Re: Things To Consider Before Buying Laptop by Abduletudaye(m): 3:23pm On Dec 24, 2014
Jregz:

fifa is going to "lag die", like extremely slow.

PES 14 would play but believe me,it's going to be slow, it's minimum is 128mb dedicated graphics mem..

You only have two options --- play an older version of PES, PES 13 would run well (even tho,you are going to get some blah blah messages about your video ram when starting the app) Or consider getting a new graphics card (512mb minimum).....

Enlighten me biko..you seen to know wella..how do I get a new graphic card? And for how much? How will it be fixed?
Re: Things To Consider Before Buying Laptop by Nobody: 3:48pm On Dec 24, 2014
Abduletudaye:


Enlighten me biko..you seen to know wella..how do I get a new graphic card? And for how much? How will it be fixed?
I don't know the price but you can check some threads in here to find any info or start a new thread..


fixing a new graphics card is nothing more than opening the backside of your laptop.

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Re: Things To Consider Before Buying Laptop by Abduletudaye(m): 3:51pm On Dec 24, 2014
Jregz:

I don't know the price but you can check some threads in here to find any info or start a new thread..


fixing a new graphics card is nothing more than opening the backside of your laptop.

Thanks mehn...let me search..then if I can't find something tangible, I will open a new thread..thnx cool
Re: Things To Consider Before Buying Laptop by Nobody: 4:04pm On Dec 24, 2014
Abduletudaye:


Thanks mehn...let me search..then if I can't find something tangible, I will open a new thread..thnx cool
aiit Bro.........

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Re: Things To Consider Before Buying Laptop by Abduletudaye(m): 4:26pm On Dec 24, 2014
Jregz:

aiit Bro.........

Couldn't find the thread.. So I opened a new one.. cheesy
Re: Things To Consider Before Buying Laptop by Nobody: 5:12pm On Dec 24, 2014
Abduletudaye:


Couldn't find the thread.. So I opened a new one.. cheesy
alright bro

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Re: Things To Consider Before Buying Laptop by mistayeancah(m): 12:23pm On Dec 26, 2014
following
Re: Things To Consider Before Buying Laptop by rattlesnake(m): 12:23pm On Dec 26, 2014
ur pocket

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Re: Things To Consider Before Buying Laptop by santana45: 12:24pm On Dec 26, 2014
Ok, thanks!
Re: Things To Consider Before Buying Laptop by lanxlot(m): 12:24pm On Dec 26, 2014
rattlesnake:
ur pocket
lol, make dem no 4 carry toy-gun de weleh pple.
Re: Things To Consider Before Buying Laptop by NeuroBoss(m): 12:24pm On Dec 26, 2014
zinox or apple?

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Re: Things To Consider Before Buying Laptop by Isiterere(m): 12:25pm On Dec 26, 2014
Spot on.

ALL IZZ WELL

Re: Things To Consider Before Buying Laptop by Misogynist2014(m): 12:26pm On Dec 26, 2014
I love my Sony VAIO.

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Re: Things To Consider Before Buying Laptop by bynat(f): 12:26pm On Dec 26, 2014
Confirm job
Re: Things To Consider Before Buying Laptop by Nobody: 12:26pm On Dec 26, 2014
Cool.......
Re: Things To Consider Before Buying Laptop by bright007(f): 12:28pm On Dec 26, 2014
nice thread

@OP.. i want you to advice me on the laptop i should buy.

i need a laptop with the best graphics especially one that can support high graphics requiring games, RAM of 10GB and above, HDD of 800gb and above, good battery, good processing speed. pls i would be glad if you can recommend a laptop you have used with similar attributes or anyone you know is ok. My budget is 120k.
Re: Things To Consider Before Buying Laptop by Funjosh(m): 12:28pm On Dec 26, 2014
BATTERY!!!

Consider BATTERY first, becos we got bad government run by PDP. So to enjoy ur laptop BATTERY 1st then others follow.

Last Bullet vote for change vote APC cool

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Re: Things To Consider Before Buying Laptop by salemdv(m): 12:29pm On Dec 26, 2014
durability
Re: Things To Consider Before Buying Laptop by dragnet: 12:29pm On Dec 26, 2014
Jregz:

I don't know the price but you can check some threads in here to find any info or start a new thread..


fixing a new graphics card is nothing more than opening the backside of your laptop.
You don't know about what you're saying

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Re: Things To Consider Before Buying Laptop by sban(m): 12:29pm On Dec 26, 2014
Noted!
Re: Things To Consider Before Buying Laptop by ojaydedon(m): 12:29pm On Dec 26, 2014
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Re: Things To Consider Before Buying Laptop by siegfried99(m): 12:30pm On Dec 26, 2014
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