The essential technical factors that should be taken into account when assessing a laptop for purchase are listed below:
* The size of its display screen is the first thing to consider. This will effect how easy the laptop computer is to use for different tasks: for example, a small screen is fine for checking and sending emails, but watching videos or gaming is a much better experience on a larger screen. Screen size is measured from corner to corner. A typical laptop screen might be 15 inches, whereas netbook screens are commonly 11 inches.
* Secondly, the speed of the laptop computer's processor will effect how quickly the machine can deal with information. Things like the laptop's RAM (memory) can often easily be increased, but it is more difficult to upgrade a processor.
* Thirdly, the size of the laptop computer's hard drive will effect how much that the laptop computer can store on it, software as well as files such as photographs, word documents, music and video. You can always supplement storage space with an external hard drive, however.
* Fourthly, the quality of the laptop computer graphics card can be important, especially if you play a lot of computer games, or regularly undertake other tasks that involve a lot of complex visuals and video.
* The amount of RAM (memory) will play a big factor in how smoothly your laptop computer runs and how many tasks it can perform simultaneously.
* The operating system is also something to consider. Most computers that aren't made by Apple use a version of Windows as their operating system. Bear in mind, however, that modern versions of Windows generally require more RAM than older ones in order to run smoothly.
* The final thing that I will mention is battery life. Some laptop computers have much more of it than others and if you are planning to do a lot of traveling with your laptop, then I would put battery life pretty high on your priority list.
I hope that you enjoy my list of the top 10 best rated laptops under 500 dollars (2013).