#7: Dell Inspiron 15 3000
|Feature||Spec||What it means|
|Operating System||Windows 10||There are three main forms of OS, Windows, Mac and Linux based Android. They all are very advanced systems and operate well. Common software packages like Microsoft Office will only run on MS Windows. Mac is well known for its graphics and publishing capabilities. Google Android is designed for tablets and mobile phones.Google Chrome OS is the new addition to this list, it is simple to use when browsing the iternet and checking E-mail.|
|Screen||39.6 centimetres – 1366 x 768 pixels||The screen size on your laptop computer determines the total physical size of the computer. The smallest laptops can be as small as 11″ while the largest are over 18″. A large screen size means higher resolution, which is useful when working on the device for longer periods. High definition screens carry at least a 1720×1080 px resolution.|
|RAM||4 GB||More RAM in a notebook means it can process more jobs at once.
random access memory is mainly used up if you have large numbers of programs running at the same time. 4GB+ RAM will be ideal for someone who enjoys multitask. High demand applications like Photoshop and newer games can need up to 8GB. For general web browsing 2GB is all that is required.
|Hard Disk||1 TB||A harddrive on your laptop is where your music, videos, pictures and documents are saved. They can be measured in GB or TB and one terrabyte is 1000 gigabytes. Videos use a lot roomthe standard feature length film should use around 1-2GB.
HDs generally range between one hundred gigabytes to two terrabytes.
|CPU||1x Intel Core i3||The CPU usually decides the quickness and power of a computer. The processor chip acts like the brain of your computer. It tells your computer what needs doing and when to do it.
There are a variety of different processor chips available. Two of the largest manufactures are Intel and AMD. Generally speaking Intel CPUs are quicker than AMD and more expensive.
|Battery Life||7 hours (40 watt_hours)||Batteries on a laptop can be recharged however some models of laptop use up the batteries quicker.
Bare in mind that battery life depends on what you are using the laptop for. A battery should range from 3-12 hrs. When the laptop gets older the battery life will decrease dramatically. For people unplugged all day, it is good to choose the model with more battery life.
|Connections||USB ports: 3
HDMI ports: 1
|If you wish to move files or connect up to devices such as a television or printer etc, the input and output ports on a computer are essential and very useful.
The most common ports you are likely to need on the computer are usually USB for connecting hardware like printers and HDMI for connecting to a external monitor.