At John Phillip we stock some great laptops and PC's from Sony. Come in store to talk to one of our expert advisors about which Laptop / PC is best for you. We can help you set-up your new computer and get you up and running in no time. We can even do it in the comfort of your own home.
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If you haven’t bought a computer in a while, you first need to consider what type you want. There are PCs, laptops and netbooks. A netbook is very portable due to its size, but is designed to carry out fairly simple tasks. But no matter how different these types are, they all share a common feature; the processor. The more things you expect your computer to do, the better the processor needs to be. (Laptops can now have an Ultra Low Voltage processor with extended battery life). Intel and ADM are the main processor manufacturers.
The other thing you’ll be able to get from seeing a laptop in the flesh is finding out how bulky it is. Bulk is no problem if it’s for home, but you don’t want to have something that’s too heavy if you’re going to be carrying it around every day. The unfortunate thing is that you’ll pay a premium for lighter laptops – often called ultraportables. If you’re going to carry it around, 2 to 2.5Kg should be the maximum you’re looking for.
The screen of your chosen laptop needs to be big enough for what you need to do. We’d recommend a 15 or 17-inch laptop for work or entertainment (watching online video or DVDs). For portability, we’d recommend a 13-inch screen or less. If your laptop is primarily for home use, we’d recommend looking for a glossy screen – these are a lot better for watching video content.
Windows 7 is the operating system you should be looking for when buying a PC, though there is an alternative in the form of Apple’s Mac OS X available only on Apple machines. We recommended Windows 7 Home Premium for home use.
Deciding which processor to buy can be a confusing task. The most popular processors are the Intel Core i3 and i5 but AMD Vision processors are also great value. Higher performance laptops will have the Intel Core i7 processor. Budget machines may have the Intel Celeron processor – these are OK for really basic tasks and web browsing.
You’ll need to get a big enough hard drive for your needs – this is measured in Gigabytes (GB). As a rough guide, 250GB is enough space for over 60,000 songs or high-res photos and is an ideal amount. Bigger capacities are available though, with 320GB and 500GB popular sizes.
Memory is important – the more memory, the more tasks you can run. We recommend at least 2GB, though many laptops are now shipping with 4GB.
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