PHOENIX - You can go broke buying a laptop, so how do you find the best bang for your buck? Use your fingers to help you save.
First, figure out what you'll be using the laptop for. If you're making graphics or editing video, you’ll need a computer that can handle those types of applications.
You'll need a fast processor, lots of rams and disc space. For example, Intel I-Core processors are the latest and greatest. Dual core processors are not as new.
But yet you can still find a Dual Core processor based laptop for a good price, often around $250 to $400.
If you are using that laptop to do heavy applications, it may not be good choice to buy the lesser processor. If you are using the laptop for emails or to surf the web, then any basic current windows laptop should fit the bill.
Go to retail stores and ask questions. Make sure you understand what all the megahertz, gigahertz, ram language means before buying anything.
Next, come up with a budget and then let your fingers do the shopping.
If you are looking for a Mac, Apple sells refurbished Mac Book's on Apple.com. Just go to their website and click on the store. Scroll down to the bottom to the refurbished section.
Most of the Mac Books they sell are discounted at least 15 percent off retail price. Plus Apple recertifies all of their refurbished products and they come with a one-year warranty plus free shipping.
You can also find refurbished iPads, iPods, iTouch and Apple TV’s, too.
On Apple.com they have a refurbished MacBook Air 1.6ghz Intel Core i5 with 2 megabytes of ram for $759.00
At Macmall.com , I found a new version of the same Mac Book for $829.99. I would go with the refurbished. You'll save $70 and you still have a year warranty.
For Windows users, retail stores like Fry's Electronics, Staples, Walmart and Best Buy offer exclusive deals on their websites that aren't available in store.
No matter where you buy your laptop, just make sure you get something that will fit with your needs.
Remember, computers are something you will have for a few years so make sure it has enough disk space.
If you need additional software like Microsoft Office, this is where student discounts can really save you a ton, but you will have to provide proof.
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