As I look to grow my business I need to purchase new equipment, some of the kit that I am after I am happy to buy online because I don’t need to view them before purchase. These are things such as camera and lenses, unless I go for secondhand then I would want to see just what condition they are in. I know of all the good and bad websites to buy the actual camera and lenses from including a good price comparison site www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/ but when looking for a new laptop, well that’s a different experience all together.
Firstly, when trying to search for laptops that would be ideally suitable for my needs most of the results are more for those looking for family or gaming needs. So I then have to work what specifications are important and which ones not so necessary.
- Memory (RAM): 8-12GB
- Storage (HDD), up to 1TB
- Battery Life, 6 hours
- Operating System, Windows 8.1
- Processor – Intel I7 or equivalant
- Weight – 2kg or less
Memory, my personal preference is between 8-12GB but it will depend on whether I can match the other specifications.
Storage, I’ve said up to 1TB but to be honest I’m not too fussed about the storage as the photos will only be on the laptop for a short amount of time until I can transfer them to my desktop PC.
Battery Life, this is important as I don’t want to be at a football match and run out of battery so I will say approx 6 hours, this will also give time afterwards for editing.
Operating System, Windows 8.1 then when released will be upgraded to Windows 10………………. I’m not an Apple product person at all and never will be.
Graphics Card, in a way the graphics card is an after thought for me even though it will be argued to say that it is one of the most essential specifications to get right but I have found these days that some of the basic graphics cards do the job that is required.
Processor, I used to be knowledgable when it comes to computer components but over the last few years I have lost touch therefore I will say Intel Core I7.
Weight, I am going to learn from my mistakes on this one as I did take my laptop to Wembley when Gateshead FC played Cambridge United in the 2013/14 Conference playoff. My current laptop weighs approx 2.96kg and although that doesn’t sound like much after carrying it for a while it can become heavy. Therefore trying to find a laptop around 2kg or less is going to be vital.
Budget, just to add this factor in my budget is than £1,000, if it was over £1,000 then the task would be easier.
With all of this information you think that it would be quite easy to find a laptop wouldn’t you? Well I have found the search to be a pain a lot of websites, even those dedicated to computing, don’t necessarily have a large range of laptops that would be suitable. If I did find a laptop then I can only go off images whereas I would say that in these instances I’m a bit old fashined and I like to be able to physically touch and have a close up look at a future purchase. This is a good way of getting the weight right as well as also checking other features as the screen size.
So what actual high street shops can we go to in order to look at the laptops before buying? It seems that Currys and PC World are the main ones…………………no wait, it’s the same shop/company so we are really limited (I also should say Argos but then the laptops aren’t exactly out on view). Now when I have only metioned these it’s because there are others out there but they seem to only have a few to offer, I have also considered supermakets such as Asda and Tesco that usually have some on display but they are usually the extreme low end machines that they can buy in bulk and sell cheap. About 5 years ago there seemed to be a lot more high street shops that you could go to but as the years go by you don’t realise they are gone until you want to buy something that they would have sold.
I suppose if anyone reading this knows of a high street shop that I may have not even thought of then please don’t hesitate to contact me, the shops must be in the regions of Newcastle Upon Tyne to Co. Durham.
I guess at this stage you could say, rant over.