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Richard Pascoe - Adelaide Tech Guy - What to Look for When Buying a Laptop

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On This week In Technology

1962 First International Communications Satellite

  • The world’s first international communications satellite, Telstar I, is launched into orbit. A collaboration between the US, Britain, and France, Telstar I introduced the world to trans-Atlantic video feeds and ushered in a new era of communication.

What to look for when buying a laptop

Start With Budget – and set a budget

  • If you walk into a store without any idea of how much you're prepared to spend, then it's likely the salespeople will direct you to the higher end of the market.

Size And Weight

  • If you're planning to cart your laptop around, then size and weight are a big deal. Many of my friends purchase a laptop as they don't have a bunch of space at home. In those cases, you can compromise on weight and size as you're not likely to be carrying the computer too far. But if you're a mobile worker, then a device that won't weigh you down too much is important.

Displays And Keyboards

  • I'm a firm believer that your computing experience will be influenced by two main things; the screen and the keyboard/trackpad.
  • I strongly suggest you head to a few local stores and try several devices out. Pay close attention to the quality of text and images on the screen and make sure you're happy with what you see. You're likely to spend close to 6,000 hours looking at the screen. If you don't like it, that's a lot of time spent in front of something irritating.
  • Keyboards and trackpads are likely to the the part of the computer you spend the most time touching.

Don't Completely Ignore Specs

  • Once you've narrowed down your selection, my rule of thumb is 8GB of memory as a minimum and 256GB of SSD storage.

How good is the sound on your mobile when you make a call ?

  • So you bought a smartphone but people tell you how bad you sound.
  • You go through all the settings on your smartphone
  • It can be the case – make a call to someone with the case on – then without the case
  • Some cases cover the mics – hence the bad sound

Buying tech – will it pass the SAF

  • The purchase of a big screen tv is a big test of the SAF
  • While that may pass the purchase of surround sound speakers seems to not pass the SAF

ZZ Plug

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