Let’s go back to school on this one.
You probably hear many people talking about numbers such as GHz, and whatnot. What do they mean anyway? For the uninitiated, laptop hardware can seem like an overwhelming topic reserved only for those who are truly knowledgeable in that topic.
However, educating yourself not only gives you the power to make sound choices, you also become a better consumer in general. Applying the skills you learn here (research, patience) to other consumer products will be beneficial.
So let’s get to it!
This is the brain of the laptop. Without it, you basically have a fancy paperweight on your desk. The processor is responsible for all of the action. From booting up the computer to coding video, the CPU does it all.
GHz is the symbol for the processor’s clock rate, or commonly equated with the CPU’s speed. To a point, it is true. Higher clock rates yield better performance. However, you have to keep in mind power consumption and temperature.
In a gamer’s perspective, the CPU handles all the things in the background, such as enemy AI, and environment physics.
From a laptop’s perspective, a video card isn’t required much. Laptops only come with integrated graphics cards from the processor, enough to load the OS and basically project whatever you want.
It’s responsible for all the resolutions and graphics settings for computers. For those who want a laptop with great graphics, purchase one with a dedicated video card, or GPU (graphics processing unit).
A GPU’s sole purpose is to increase the quality of visuals your laptop can pump out. Better GPU’s yield smooth performance, but you also have to take into account the price.
Memory, or RAM, helps improve computer performance. When programs are opened, bits of data are stored in the RAM for easy access later. This means that programs open faster when you have lots of RAM, especially if you have many programs.
Overall, RAM helps you with multitasking, since every program requires memory. Other programs like games and video editing programs require lots of RAM, so invest in a laptop with good memory.
Displays are often taken for granted. They’re an important component in a laptop. After all, you’ll be staring at it!
Commonly, there are two types of displays found in laptops – TN and IPS.
TN (Twisted Nematic) displays are your typical display. They provide great response times and have their own benefits.
The second display used is IPS (In – Plane Switching), commonly found in higher – end laptops. They provide great color projection and contrast. However, they are more expensive and tend to use more power. Viewing angles are also limited.
You also have to take into account the coat of the display. There are two coats – glossy and matte. Glossy is the typical display you find in laptops. They’re cheaper and offer great brightness and color reproduction. However, they are subject to huge amounts of glare which can be very annoying.
Matte has a darker overall brightness and retains good color replication. However, it has a higher price. Some manufacturers give you the option to have a matte display.
Overall, I think I’ve got the core parts covered. We’ll take a look at more parts in the future. Let me know in the comments section what you want to read about!