Anyone who has owned a notebook computer knows how great it is to have the portability and flexibility of a personal computer that can be easily carried around. They also know that there are many factors and considerations when making that purchase.
Although prices have dropped considerably, a notebook is still an investment. The old adage “You get what you pay for” rings true for notebooks. Time and time again, we have seen the bargain and discount notebooks having major problems, usually right after the limited warranty expires.
OUR LIST OF DO’s AND DON’TS FOR PURCHASING A NOTEBOOK
DON’T buy a notebook for your business (and home, if really want one that will last) at any of the retail chain stores. Your best bet is to visit the manufacturers website of the brand you are interested in, and look at the small/medium sized business section. A business class laptop is usually lighter, more durable, and comes with a better warranty. Forget about the giant glossy screen and surround sound speakers. They add unnecessary weight and cost to the computer.
DO get at least a three-year manufacturers warranty. You may have to pay a little more for it, but it is always a good idea to have at least a three-year warranty from the computer manufacturer. Extended warranties you can purchase from the store DO NOT cut it. They usually have a slew of small print and limit the coverage on your purchase.
DON’T purchase any accessories, like external mice, bluetooth devices,carrying cases, or other items when you purchase your laptop directly from a manufacturer. Those accessories are less expensive from other online retailers.
DO research the notebook you are interested in purchasing. Impulse buying for notebooks is not a good idea. Some good sites for reviews for notebooks and other computer hardware are www.notebookreviews.com, Consumer Reports and CNET.