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Computer technology is changing so fast, buying any new computer or laptop
can be a daunting task. So here's a quick Checklist of all the terms, features
and factors you should check before you buy. Become an educated buyer and
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  • Handy Checklist For Buying A New Computer or Laptop
    (Don't Enter That Computer Store Without It!)
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  • Handy Checklist For Buying A New Computer or Laptop
    (Don't Enter That Computer Store Without It!)
    Computer technology is ALWAYS changing
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  • Handy Checklist For Buying A New Computer or Laptop
    (Don't Enter That Computer Store Without It!)
    Computer technology is ALWAYS changing
    It’s HARD for
    consumers to
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  • Handy Checklist For Buying A New Computer or Laptop
    (Don't Enter That Computer Store Without It!)
    Here's a checklist of quick facts
    to consider before you buy
    your next computer.
    An educated buyer will
    always get the BEST DEAL.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    1. What Type of Processor?
    THIS IS THE BRAND AND TYPE of processor included
    in your system, such as Intel 2nd. Generation
    i3, i5 and i7 Processors and AMD Phenom…
    this is the heart of your computer;
    Also called the CPU (Central Processing Unit)
    – it runs your computer.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    1. What Type of Processor?
    Check your processor’s speed:
    Measured in Megahertz (MHz) or
    Gigahertz. It determines how fast the
    computer will perform.
    ** higher the processor speed   faster the CPU
    will perform **
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    1. What Type of Processor?
    Check your processor’s cache:
    The amount of Cache in your computer
    will allow you to work and process
    Bigger and more Complex files without
    crashing your system.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    2. How Much RAM?
    Random Access Memory is temporary memory your
    computer uses to run applications and data on your
    operating system.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    2. How Much RAM?
    *32-bit Operating Systems ONLY recognizes up to 3GB of RAM,
    while you need 64-bit systems to take full advantage of 4GB of RAM
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    3. Hard Drive Speed & Capacity
    Hard Drive - Computer's primary storage area.
    Hard drives space can be 100GB - 500GB – 2TB
    Check rotational speed –
    How fast the disk spins will
    Determine performance level.
    7,200rpm > 5,400rpm
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    3. Hard Drive Speed & Capacity
    Today’s HDDs operate on high-speed
    serial interfaces – SATA
    (Serial Advanced Technology Architecture) hard drive. SATA transmits data in a serially
    (in a single stream) as opposed to PATA or
    Parallel ATA which is referred to as an
    IDE hard drive.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    4. Graphics Card
    Handles all your computer
    graphics, visuals and videos
    Decide what your using the Computer for:
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    4. Graphics Card
    New video cards use AGP
    (Accelerated Graphics Port)
    This dedicated connection comes
    in different speeds
    - 2X 4X and 8X.
    To play video games and run complex multi-media
    Applications you will need a high speed AGP 8X
    Video card with at least 128MB or more of
    dedicated memory.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    4. Graphics Card
    Most gamers prefer high-end Graphics Cards from
    NVIDIA or ATI. To achieve maximum performance two
    or more graphics cards can be connected
    in a SLI configuration.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    5. Dedicated Video Memory
    Separate from your main system memory.
    The main memory is shared or integrated to help
    supplement your system‘s memory when it's needed.
    In other systems it is completely dedicated memory.
    Others use a hybrid of both technologies.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    6. Video Memory
    Shows how much total video memory is available
    to the video chipset/card - both dedicated and shared.
    7. Shared Video Memory
    The portion of your system's memory
    that's shared to the graphics chipset
    to perform tasks like 3D gaming.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    8. Pre-loaded Operating System
    What kind of OS (Operating System) is pre-installed on
    the computer. Usually this will be Windows 7 or
    Windows Vista. There are different versions such as:
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    9. Intel Centrino
    A platform promoted by Intel which covers mainboard
    chipset, mobile CPU and wireless network interface in
    laptop designs. Intel's Core Duo processor offers dual-core
    performance while keeping the power consumption low.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    10. Intel Centrino 2
    Fifth-generation Centrino Platform
    (codename Montevina)
    which supports Penryn
    Core 2 Duo processors.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    11. Optical Drives
    Removable drives that write and read data using lasers.
    Common ones: CD ROM, DVD ROM, Blu-ray ROM drives.
    Speed of optical drives are measured in "150kb/sec”
    units. Factors of"x“ are used such as 4X, 8X...
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    12. 3D Gaming
    Just like the TV manufacturers, many computer
    companies are trying to bring the 3D
    experience to the home. Technology
    like NVIDIA’s 3D Vision turns your
    PC or Laptop turns into a full-on
    3D entertainment center.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    13. Screen Size & Type
    Display size and type on your laptop or computer. Most
    screens are now LCD but not all. Resolution of the display:
    1600×1200 UXGA, 1400×1050 SXGA+, wide screens
    like 1280×768 WXGA, 1680×1050 WSXGA+ and
    1920×1200 WUXGA.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    14. Native Screen Resolution
    Refers to fixed pixel displays such as LCD, DLP and
    Plasma TVs. Native resolution is the fixed pixel display
    resolution, such as 1920 x 1080 (interlaced or progressive
    scan) for HD or High Definition TV.
    1
    0
    8
    0
    1920
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    15. TFT Active Matrix Display
    TFT stands for thin-film transistors and many high-end
    notebook computers use (TFT) active matrix liquid crystal
    displays. Most notebooks have LCD (liquid crystal display)
    or LED (light-emitting diodes) screens – these are different
    from your desktop CRT (cathode-ray tube) monitor.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    16. Sound Card
    Also known as an audio card is an independent expansion
    that controls Input/output of audio signals. Important
    component for multimedia applications such
    as video gaming, music composition...
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    17. TV Tuner
    Lets your computer tune TV or HDTV
    signals so that you can watch live
    television thru your PC.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    18. FireWire (IEEE 1394)
    Firewire is a high speed port for large
    and fast transfer of data - used with hard
    drives, video cameras and scanners.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    19. Ethernet Port
    This lets you connect your computer
    to a wired Ethernet network. (Group
    of computers working together.)
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    20. Integrated Bluetooth
    Bluetooth is a standard wireless networking
    system which lets you connect wirelessly to
    your computer's peripherals such as mouse,
    keyboards, headsets, printers...
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    21. Integrated Wi-Fi
    Integrated Wi-Fi provides wireless network access.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    22. HDCP Compliant
    HDCP compliance assures the digital outputs
    on the computer are secure and the HDCP copy
    protection system is supported.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    23. Audio Output
    Audio output whether mono, stereo or surround
    And showing how many channels can be output
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    24. Digital Output
    A digital output allows for
    multi-channel digital
    audio output.
    25. Digital Input
    Digital inputs lets multi-channel
    digital audio outputs to be streamed.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    26. Integrated Microphone
    An integrated microphone
    lets you record audio into
    your computer.
    27. Microphone Input
    A connection for a standard
    Stereo microphone.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    28. Speaker Wattage
    Total wattage output of the
    speakers, sometimes listed
    as peak power or total power.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    29. Card Reader
    This is used for reading
    memory cards.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    30. Component Output
    This enables analog HD signals to be shown by your
    PC on a compatible display.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    31. Composite Output
    This shows whether or not your system supports composite
    video connections.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    32. S-Video Output
    This supports S-video connections
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    33. DVI Output
    Provides a connector for DVI panels.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    34. HDMI
    Whether or not your system supports HDMI connectivity -
    important for High Definition playback/visuals.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    35. E-SATA
    Is a high speed data port mainly used for connecting E-SATA hard drives.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    36. Keyboard
    Input device for your computer - if you're buying a laptop, check to see if it‘s a full size standard keyboard.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    37. Touchpad
    An input device commonly
    found on notebook computers.
    Along with other input devices
    such as the Track Stick,
    Keyboards, and mouse.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    38. Modem
    A device which allows you to transmit data
    over phone lines. A fax modem lets you
    transmit to another fax modem or
    fax machine.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    39. Remote
    Some computers now have remote controls...
    handy if you use your computer for watching TV or DVDs.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    40. Mouse
    An input device which uses hand
    movements and a Corresponding
    screen cursor.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    41. USB 3.0
    Check your system's USB ports which are used for
    connecting USB (USB 1.0, 1.1, 2.0 and 3.0) devices.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    42. VGA Output
    A connector for VGA
    (Video Graphics Array) panels
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    43. WebCam
    A webcam is a simple camera that records or transmits images to your computer.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    44. Available Hard Drive Bays
    An open slot inside your system where you can install
    extra components such as optical or hard drives. Often
    referred to as an expansion bay. Come in two sizes
    - floppy drive (3.5 inches) and CD drive 5.25 inches
    - can handle any device of the same size.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    45. Available Optical Bays
    For installing Optical Drives like the DVD drive.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    46. Power Supply
    Shows the wattage of your installed power supply.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    47. Available Memory Slots
    Tells you how many Memory Slots you have in your
    system. Usually you can upgrade your RAM if there
    are slots available.
    Memory
    Slots
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    48. Available PCI Slots
    These are available expansion slots for special cards
    such as video or network cards...
    to increase the performance or capabilities of your PC.
    PCI Slots
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    49. AGP Slots
    AGP Slots
    These are used to install
    AGP expansion Cards.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    50. PCI Express
    Peripheral Component Interconnect Express, aka
    PCI-E is a computer expansion card interface format.
    Unlike the other PC expansion interfaces,
    PCI Express uses point-to-point serial links/lanes
    instead of a bus. There are different versions –
    such as x16, x1, x4 and x8.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    51. Available PCI-E Slots
    PCI-E Slots
    Available Slots to install
    PCI-E expansion Cards.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    52. What is SLI?
    "Scalable Link Interface". NVIDIA SLI technology lets you
    use a couple of graphics cards together with PCI Express
    X16. SLI will speed up graphics on a single monitor by
    deploying two graphics cards. An
    alternative system would be ATI‘s
    CrossFire which is a SLI-like
    configuration using 'Master' and
    'Slave' cards to combine two Radeon
    GPUs for improved and faster graphics.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    53. Battery Life
    The Lithium ion battery is found in most notebook
    Computers. They have a longer battery life than regular
    batteries. Laptop batteries can be 4-cell, 6-cell, 9-cell...
    IF long battery life is important to you - get the highest
    numbered cell battery. Also, it might be wise to purchase
    a second battery if you do a lot of traveling or
    'in-the-field' work.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    54. Removable Storage
    Lets you read/write data to and from
    a removable storage. Flash Drives, CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays,
    Floppy disks. Handy for backups, troubleshooting
    or quick file transfers.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    55. Tower Size
    Check to see the dimensions
    Of your PC Tower system.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    56. Pre-loaded Software
    Check to see what software is pre-loaded
    on the computer system. This software
    will use up the system‘s resources...
    you can always remove these programs.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    57. System Bus
    The System Bus is measured in MHz (megahertz)
    and is the path which connects all the computer
    components to the processor. Higher the bus speed,
    faster the system will process.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    58. French/English Software
    Compatible with both English and French.
    Some systems will have French Kits, mainly
    for the Canadian marketplace.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    59. Laptop Size
    Size is more important when buying a laptop. Check the size and weight of your laptop system – some desktop replacement laptops weight more than 10 lbs and are not really portable. There’s everything from 10 inch netbooks to 18 inch gaming laptops.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    60. Warranty for Labour & Parts
    You must check the length of your warranty
    for Labour & Parts – how many years is
    each covered for?
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    61. Extended Warranty
    Many manufacturers and retail stores
    offer extended warranties.
    These warranties can be expensive so
    it is up to the Individual buyer whether or
    not to purchase them.
    An extended warranty is a real option – especially
    when you consider replacement costs and the
    “peace of mind “ such things supposedly brings.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    What Computer To Buy?
    Buy a computer to meet your needs.
    Simple email tasks & surfing the web - you don‘t need a big expensive computer.
    Video gaming or editing large
    video/graphic files require an
    expensive fast computer
    with high-end quality graphics.
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    What Computer To Buy?
    Buy a computer to meet your needs.
    Simple email tasks & surfing the web - you don‘t need a big expensive computer.
    Video gaming or editing large
    video/graphic files require an
    expensive fast computer
    with high-end quality graphics.
    Save Money –
    Buy What you Need
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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  • Use This Fast Checklist Before Buying A New Computer or Laptop:
    Where To Buy Computer?
    Ordering systems online is a popular choice.
    Benefits of online purchase are:
    1) you're dealing directly with the maker
    2) configure computer or laptop in the comfort of your home
    3) take advantage of special online discounts and deals...
    Regardless of the route you take
    Happy Shopping!
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    • Practical Laptop Buying Tips
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    • Best Notebooks For Student
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    • Are Netbooks The Perfect Student Laptops?
    • Laptop Buyers Guide - Should You Go With An HDD or SSD?
    • How To Do Your Own Computer or Laptop Memory Upgrade
    • Know The Importance Of Computer Memory (Before Buying Your Laptop)
    http://www.laptopcomputerguide.org
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    • Overclocking - Higher Laptop Performance For Less Money
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    • Notebook Terms/Glossary
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