With the prevalence of low-cost, high-performance, and multimedia-accelerated notebooks on the market, it is easy to see why laptops are becoming a great value. Unfortunately, however, not all laptops are made to be great value. One of the biggest mistakes people make when buying laptops is purchasing an under-performance laptop that will struggle with intensive tasks and applications. This flaw is often called a "brown book" laptop because its color is brown, which is the laptop's standard display mode.
When shopping for a laptop, it is important to look for laptops that have solid state drives (SSD). An SSD is a random access memory storage drive. It utilizes flash memory rather than traditional hard drive memory for storing data. Like a hard drive, there is some random writing involved, but SSDs significantly reduce the time required to access data.
An SSD works like an external hard drive by converting an entire hard drive into one large array of random access memory. This reduces the amount of time taken to access information and speeds up performance. Because an SSD contains so many unused bits of memory, a laptop can access these bits much more quickly than with a traditional HDD or SSD. Because of this, SSDs can normally perform at the same or higher rate as a traditional HDD or SSD.
When considering what type of laptop to buy, the first thing to consider is the amount of physical memory available. Notebooks are typically categorized into two formats: the minimum of a 2GB hard drive and the maximum of a 4GB SSD. Many consumers do not need the largest storage space possible. In fact, the smallest laptop usually performs the best when it comes to storage space. For users who want the most storage possible, a laptop with an SSD is the most practical purchase.
The next consideration for laptop buyers is price. It has become quite common for laptop manufacturers to offer discounted or even free accessories with the purchase of an SSD. These include a variety of drives, motherboards, processors, and other hardware components. While a hard drive is still the most affordable option, it is becoming rarer for manufacturers to offer such pieces without a substantial discount.
An interesting phenomenon has been occurring over the past year or so. Laptops are now starting to use SSDs or small form factor (sic) hard drives. Consumers are now starting to buy laptops with SSDs rather than the traditional HDD or SSDs. Why is this? The number one reason is price: SSDs have been consistently less expensive than traditional HDD or SSDs.
While the jump in price from HDD to SSD isn't huge, the jump in price from m.2 sata iii to m.2 sata it is outrageous. When comparing an HDD to a SSD, you can see very quickly which one is faster. For example, if you compare the Toshiba satellite series to the Samsung arc, which has a HDD, you'll immediately see that the HDD is clearly the faster of the two. If you compare the HDD to an Intel Core Duo, which has a standard m.2 sata iii processor on board, you can see that the SSD is the much more affordable option. It has proven to be quicker than the HDD in many benchmarks including those conducted by PC magazines.
As technology changes so often, it's good to keep up with the times. While it used to be extremely expensive to upgrade to a laptop with SSD storage, the prices of m.2 sata iii drives have dramatically dropped. It is now possible to upgrade your laptop without spending a fortune on the process. So if you're in the market for a new laptop, don't overlook an upgrade to the motherboard. With the price of m.2 sata iii drives falling, it makes perfect sense to take advantage of this upgrade.
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