Which is the best laptop to buy in 2011?

A quick guide for small business and prosumers.

 “which is the best laptop to buy?”

The majority of our clients at Wired office fall into the small business, prosumer, home office category. While enterprise and corporate have an IT manager who knows how to buy laptops, small business usually ends up at a retail outlet to buy a new laptop or notebook.

There are so many options on the shelves and, at a retail level and buying a mid priced laptop is not always a reliable rule of thumb because you could be buying more than what you need, or what a salesperson recommends. This is not always reliable advice or objective advice.

The buying criteria?

First consideration is buying a laptop for what you want it to do, not for what you will never use. An example of this is paying $1700-$2000 for a consumer level laptop with multi-media and gaming capabilities. If you are thinking the high end processor automatically relates to faster overall processing power you would be wrong. Hi-end processors such as Core i7 show their mettle under load or high CPU use. For everyday computing such as reading and sending emails, surfring the web etc., you will find a Core i5 processor better fits the need. Core i7 processing power is typically useful for gaming, spreadsheets, line drawing, video editing. In normal computer use this level of processor core is not accessed because it isn’t required by the application.

Another consideration when buying a new laptop is the technological life of laptops these days, the durability of modern laptops, and the limited standard warranty period. For example, screen replacement or motherboard replacement can approach the cost of a new laptop and remain among the most vulnerable components we see for repair enquiries.

Our recommendation is to spend as little as possible without sacrificing performance. Yes, it is possible!

a)       Buy your new laptop from an IT channel reseller to benefit from unbiaised advice; you get the same warranty, with reliable after sales service.

b)      Avoid Windows home edition software; business editions offer data safety and ease of data restoration.

c)       You can buy new IBM Lenovo laptops with state of the art Intel Core i5 chipsets and next generation DDR3 memory for around $1000-$1200 with business editions of Windows, yet pay the same price for outdated retail stock.

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