The prices of laptop PC computers, particularly netbooks, are getting cheap as the technology advances. There are many deals available, but take the proper precautions before you buy.
Step 1: Ask yourself how you'll use a laptop Ask yourself how you'll use a laptop. Will you use it mostly for word processing, spreadsheets, videogames, or online surfing? This can affect your purchase.
TIP: If your laptop will mostly be used for word processing or spreadsheets, consider a cheap netbook under $500.
Step 2: Consider the laptop features that you'll need Consider features that you'll need such as screen size, weight, battery life, processing speed, disk space, ease-of-use, and number of communication ports.
TIP: Batteries can be expensive. Estimating how much you'll be using your laptop remotely will determine your battery life needs.
Step 3: Read laptop product reviews at technology websites Read laptop product reviews at reputable online technology sites.
Step 4: Go to a computer store and try before you buy Go to a computer store and try for ease-of-use before you buy. Laptop keyboards and pointing devices can be especially tricky if you're not familiar with them.
Step 5: Visit manufacturer websites Visit manufacturer websites and search for special deals. Note that website cheap deals can come and go on a daily basis.
Step 6: Look for manufacturer and vendor rebates Look for manufacturer and vendor coupons and rebates at vendor websites. Be sure to make copies before filling out and sending in rebate forms.
Step 7: Decide if you'll want an extended warranty Decide if you'll want an extended warranty. Most laptops come with complimentary one-year warranties, but laptop repairs can be much more expensive than desktop repairs.
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