How Much Should You Pay For A New Laptop

6 08 2013

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As with all forms of technology, there are a large number of factors that can affect price, from the features on offer through to special deals being run by the retailer. In most cases, it’s not a case of how much people should pay for a new laptop computer, but more how much are they willing to pay and what features are they prepared to shell out for. It’s usually the case that the higher the specs on offer, the more expensive the piece of kit will be, although consumers are getting a fair bit of bang for their buck with models such as Samsung’s Chromebook. With this in mind, below are three price points – bargain, average and high-end – as well as the kind of features that you can expect to find on laptops that fit into these three categories.

Bargain deals

Well everyone loves a bargain and in the world of laptops, prices have come down considerably in recent years. Are you looking for a device that will serve you well as a second computer, perhaps something you can take on a train with you to watch DVDs or throw into a weekend bag so you can connect to the web on the move? At the bottom end of the range you’re probably looking around the £250-300 mark. The good news is that for this kind of money you can get some pretty decent computing power and features. Have a look at laptops from BT Shop and you should be able to find a machine running Windows 8, probably with around 4GB of memory and between 300 and 500GB of storage space on the hard drive. Starter laptops with decent features tend to be carrying a fair bit of weight – something to remember if you’re looking for a portable option. Remember though, if you want ultra-cheap and ultra-portable then you might well have to sacrifice a lot when it comes to functionality and battery life.

Middle of the market

If you have a bit more cash to spend, say around the £500 mark then you’ll have more options when it comes to specs. For starters, you’re likely to get longer battery life which will make using the device on the move a whole lot easier. It’s often the case that by spending a little more on a laptop you’ll be able to get your hands on a larger screen and a decent quality audio system which will make watching and listening to audio a lot more pleasurable. You might well be able to shave a little weight off by splashing out a bit more cash – again, very useful if you’re going to be carrying a device around on your back. There are plenty of bargains out there, but as is often the case, you get what you pay for.

High end

If you have the cash in the bank then you shouldn’t find it too hard to pick up a laptop for £1,000 plus. For starters, by spending in the region of a grand you are going to get a laptop that looks the business – think about that bushed aluminium steel! A comfy keyboard and crystal clear screen will be standard, along with a powerful processor such as the Intel® Core™ i5-3317U processor or the Intel Dual-core 2.80 GHz Core i7 model that has gone into the Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch. A light weight, solid build should come as standard and if you have the cash to spend then you’re likely to end up with a big smile on your face!

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What to do if your phone or tablet is exposed to water

11 07 2013

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If you’ve ever damaged your phone or tablet, you’ll know just how frustrating it can be. You might, if you’re lucky, be able to get it up and running again – but you may find that your device is beyond repair. Of course, there are accessories you can buy to help provide your phone or tablet with robust protection from the elements. That’s why so many phone and tablet users choose to buy cases from theSnugg, for instance. However, if you drop your device in water, you need to move quickly to ensure that any damage is minimised. There are some steps you should take if your phone or tablet is exposed to water.

According to an article from WikiHow.com, the first – and perhaps the most obvious – thing you need to remember is to remove your phone from the water or other liquid as quickly as possible. Even a few seconds’ exposure to water damage can leave your phone or tablet irreparable, so you really can’t afford to wait around. Water can seep into the insides of your device through the various ports, however small they are. Make sure you switch your phone or tablet off as quickly as you can after it’s come into contact with water.

Once you’ve removed the phone or tablet from the liquid, place it down on some soft cloths or a towel and then remove the battery. The longer a device’s internal circuits are connected to a power source when wet, the more likely they are to succumb to water damage. However, if you remove the battery quickly then you may yet be able to save your phone or tablet. You should also make sure you remove the SIM card from your phone, seeing as this is where your contacts are likely to be stored. The chances are your SIM will survive water damage unscathed in any event, but it makes good sense to be quick about removing it from a phone that’s been exposed to water.

Then, take a soft rag or towel and make sure you dry your phone or tablet thoroughly. You really do need to be thorough about this – make sure there isn’t even a single drop of water left inside your device, as this can start to corrode or short out internal circuits. However, when you dry your phone or tablet off, be careful not to treat it too roughly. If you use a paper towel, make sure you don’t inadvertently leave bits of paper stuck in the gaps of your device.

Another article from Makeuseof.com also suggests that you could use a hairdryer to dry your phone or tablet after it’s been exposed to water. Make sure you keep the hairdryer on a low setting if you choose to do this – you don’t need to blast your phone with heat – and focus on your phone’s ports as this is where water is most likely to gather. Alternatively, you could simply disassemble your phone and leave it in an airing cupboard for a few hours to dry off thoroughly.