Laptops are not new. They have been around ever since the "briefcase computer" was designed by Toshiba in 1985, whose processor and RAM specs would be easily outdone by a smartphone today.
What do these terms actually mean though? What should you be looking for when buying your new laptop other than the price? After you've chosen your screen size (an easy enough choice for most), what next?
Processors – The Brain for Your Laptops
The processor is the main driving force behind a laptop's processing power. Processors are usually labelled according to the number of cores they have, their clock speed, and their version. Let's look at the Intel i5 dual-core 2.5GHz laptop processor from a Toshiba laptop for example. This indicates that this Intel-made processor comes from the i5 (mid-range) range of processors, has two cores, and runs at 2.5GHz. Generally speaking, the bigger the numbers here, the better.
Intel has other ranges, which are ranked thusly – Atom, Core U, Celeron-B, i3, i5 & i7. AMD has a competing line of processors, which are ranked this way – E-series, A4, A6 and A8. Look at your budget, and choose accordingly.
RAM - It's In Your Laptop but What Is It For?
RAM stands for Random Access Memory, and is generally referred to as just simply "memory". The term is a bit inaccurate, as it does not actually remember anything. Rather, RAM offers the capability of holding information temporarily in a way that allows the processor to access and process it as fast as possible.
Why is this important? Because every single program that is open, actually resides and runs in the RAM, not the hard drive. If the amount of RAM is exceeded (in cases where lots of programs are running at once), then information is temporarily written to the hard drive, which is far slower to respond to processor requests. The more RAM you have, more information can be accessed by the processor at any one time, meaning that the laptop can run smoother.
Graphics Cards – What You See Is What You Get
Everything you see on your monitor is a result of information being processed by a graphics card. They are mini-processors, but only concern themselves with visual information. They have RAM as well, which is usually distinguishable from standard RAM in spec sheets by designations such as 'VRAM' or 'GDDR5'.
Graphics cards mainly come from three manufacturers – Intel, AMD and nVidia. Intel is the lowest performing of the three, with their line of HD 3000 chips. AMD and nVidia are direct competitors with competing model lines. Here's an example - the nVidia GTX580M 1GB GDDR5 VRAM.
Hard Drives – Storage Space is What All Laptops Need
Hard drives are simple to understand. Bigger hard drives offer more space. The confusion is when you see things like '5400rpm' or '7200rpm'. These indicate the speed at which the hard drive spins, with higher numbers meaning faster hard drive access.
Laptops on Lazada Malaysia
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