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Operating system

Operating system

The operating system is one of the key features to consider while buying a laptop, as a crucial software that drives the user experience and compatibility of other applications that can be installed on your personal computer. Most devices run on three major operating systems, each one with their own benefits. These ones are Microsoft's Windows, Apple's OS X and Google's Chrome OS. Discover the best one for your needs and find the perfect combination with a processor and hard drive in our range.

Processors

Processors

The processor is the brain of your laptop. The speed and multi-tasking capability of your device depends on the processor and these days there are multiple types, including dual core and quad core. Make sure you pick the right one for your requirements- for example, if you are looking for a processor for day to day browsing and streaming content, then regular Intel and AMD processors will provide enough power. For harder work, check out the tougher Intel processors, including the i5 and i7.

RAM

RAM

Random Access Memory (RAM) is a key feature for laptops. It's a device where the operating system, application programs and data in current use are kept so that they can be quickly accessed by the computer's processor at every start-up. The size of RAM determines the general performance and efficiency of your laptop. For simple browsing and using social media then 2GB and above will do, whilst watching HD content requires 8GB and above. For gaming enthusiasts, a powerful 16GB or above is ideal.

Screen Size

Screen Size

Laptop screen size, like many other technology devices, is measured diagonally. The most popular screen size is a wide 15.6", although with the advancement in portable technology, smaller screen sizes are also common purchases. While smaller screen size is ideal for carrying on the move, larger screens around 17.3" offer a great visual experience and are great for watching multimedia content. For top definition during movies and entertainment, try a retina display or full HD 1080p resolution.

Hard Drive Capacity

Hard Drive Capacity

Hard Disk Drive (HDD) internal storage indicates the capacity your laptop has for holding software, documents and anything else you save. There is a wide range of HDD capacities to choose from depending on your requirements and use. For those wishing to simply update Social Media or use the cloud, lower capacity HDD's (measured in Gigabytes) are perfect, up to 500GB will do. Upgrade your storage requirements to a larger capacity (measured in Terabytes) if you like to upload, edit and store such things as photographs or music you will require 1TB and above.

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