Whatever you want to use a laptop for there has never been a better time to buy a new one. With a raft of models available and prices lower than ever before you can get exactly what you need without breaking the bank.
Whether you need a laptop for general home or business use, for a student going back to college, to do serious work or just to surf the internet, there is a better choice available than ever before. The days when manufacturers competed in a sort of arms race to offer faster processors and more memory are over. Now it is all about what you want to use the machine for and there are options to suit every requirement and every budget. The first thing to do therefore is to work out why you need the computer and make a list of any special features you need, Bluetooth for example. If you just need to type the odd note and have access to the web then a netbook will do the job. Their keyboards aren't suited to serious typing as the screens are small but for many people's day-to-day requirements they are perfectly adequate. If you want to do serious work, you will probably be better off with a standard 14 or 15-inch laptop. This will have a full size keyboard for more comfortable typing and usually an optical drive to allow you to load software or watch DVDs too. At the top end of the market laptops are powerful enough to edit video or play the latest games, but these tend to have larger screens so you sacrifice portability for power.
- What do you want the machine for?
- Make a note of any special features you need
- Set a budget before you start shopping
- Balance performance against portability
What About Your Old Machine?
If you already have a laptop, you will want to think about how to dispose of it. If it is still working you could maybe pass it on to a friend or relative. Alternatively there are companies that will trade in Dell laptop and other makes so you can get a bit of cash to help pay for your new computer.
If the computer isn't working you may still be able to trade it in. If you have to dispose of it make sure you take it to an approved disposal site where it will be properly recycled. Don't rely on merely deleting files or formatting the hard disk before getting rid of a PC as data can still be recovered. There are specialist programmes that allow you to boot from a CD and wipe the disk, alternatively take it out before you throw the laptop away.
The personal computer market is incredibly diverse, so whatever you need a laptop for you should be able to find something to meet your requirements and still stick within your budget. What is more if you trade in Dell laptop or others you can get some cash back too.
Janifar writes regularly about computers and home technology. If you are looking for a new computer and want to dispose of your old one then there are options for easy and fast trade in Dell laptop and other makes.