|Feature||Spec||What it means|
|Screen||–||The screen size on a laptop or tablet determines the overal physical size of the machine. The tinyest laptops are as small as 11″ and the biggest are over 18″. Large screen size often means better resolution which is useful when working the device for long timeframes. High definition displays carry at least a 1720 x 1080px resolution.|
|CPU||x||The CPU usually decides the speed and strength of your computer. The onboard cpu acts like the mind of your computer. It tells your laptop what to do and when to do it.
You can choose from a number of different processor chips available. The two market leaders are AMD & Intel.
Generally speaking Intel chips are faster than AMD and AMD are cheaper.
|Battery Life||()||Batteries on a computer are rechargeable but different laptop drain batteries quicker. Note that battery life varies depending on laptop usage. Batteries should vary from around three to twelve hrs. When a computer ages the battery life normally will go down. For people unplugged all day it’s good to have the computer with that extra battery.|
|IO Ports||USB ports: 0
|If you want to move files or connect to external hardware such as a television or printing device etc, the ports on your laptop are required and extremely useful.
Some of the most used ports you are likely to need on the laptop are USB for connecting devices like key-boards and HDMI for connecting to your television.
|Random Access Memory||Increasing RAM in your notebook enables it to process more tasks at the same time. RAM is often over utilised when you have a number of programs running simultaneously. 4GB+ RAM will be ideal for someone who likes to multitask. Heavy usage apps like Photoshop and newer multiplayer games could need up to 8GB. When normal internet browsing 2GB is all that is needed.|
|Hard Drive||The hard drive on your laptop is where all your songs, movies, pictures and documents are saved. Hard drives are measured in GB or TB with 1 terrabyte is 1000 gigabytes. Videos take up the most roomthe average feature length film should require between one to twoGB. Hard drives typically range between 128GB to 2TB.|
|Operating System||There are 3 main varieties of OS Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OSX and Linux based Android. They all are extremely advanced operating systems and operate well. Common programmes including Microsoft Office will only work on MS Windows.
Mac is popular for their design and publishing capabilities. Android is designed for netbooks and mobile phones.Google Chrome OS is the recent one on the list, it is simple to operate when browsing online and writing emails.
The computer comes with RAM, a CPU and a screen. An internal hard disk allows for plenty of storage for movies and photos. We do not want to confuse you with technical data, so here is a short summary. The following table shows the most important specs in a easy to understand way.