A lot of people view owning some form of computer as a necessity, and in some ways it is. They allow people to communicate, provide entertainment and are becoming more and more integrated in the way many of us live our daily lives. The problem is, however, that they can be expensive. The good news is that, if you simply want a computer for word processing, e-mail and browsing the web etc., it is more than possible to find a cheap laptop.
The first step in doing this is to have a look at the specification of different machines and ensure that you are not buying one that has more performance than you need. Of course it is nice to have extra performance power; however, if that power is unnecessary then it is simply adding cost to the final price. For example, have a look at the CPU. Purchasing a dual core CPU can be great way to speed up some tasks, but if you are simply browsing the web etc., then single core (which is importantly a lot cheaper) is more than suitable.
The in the same manner, you should have a look at how much memory the laptop has. Buying less than 2 GB should be avoided to ensure your machine is at least a little future-proof; but anything over 2 GB is really just adding cost to the machine as the extra memory is more useful for people such as gamers or people who are using the computer to watching HD movies etc.
If you do not know how big the hard drive should be for your needs, then possibly opt for smaller ones to save money. A 500 GB model should be sufficient for most people, and if you find that you need more space later on then you can buy an external hard drive that can be simply plugged into the laptop via USB cable.
You may have heard of the operating system named Linux. This is similar to Windows, but it is free. That means that Linux-based laptops are often much cheaper than Windows-based ones because you will not have to pay what is sometimes known as the “Microsoft tax”.
A lot of people are now opting to buy netbooks too. These are great for users that are on the go a lot because they have extremely long battery life and, because of their small size, are very portable. However, in some ways, their portable nature and the fact that they are small is also a drawback because it means that they are not as useful for watching videos, and their small screen makes it slightly harder to browse the web; but because they are smaller and a little less powerful, it usually makes them much cheaper.
In addition, refurbished machines should not be discounted because, by getting them from a reputable manufacturer a long warranty and the tech support is often included. This means that the purchaser can be confident they are getting a quality machine, with a price that is usually dramatically reduced.
In summary, a cheap laptop does not have to damage your budget, and by properly comparing yours needs to the models available, you should be able to find one that is suitable.
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