How To Compare Notebook Specifications

Selecting a right notebook can be very challenging. Common users find it hard to comprehend jargon and specifications involved in comparing notebook specifications.

Many of us pay for features and specs that we may not need while other find that they are missing many crucial features in their notebook.

Decide the purpose of notebook. You may need a notebook to access internet on the move or carry your office files. Notebooks are also used for storing data and images. If you are planning to use it for processing word files or accessing internet then there is no need to pay for expensive video cards or too much hard disk space. However, for playing latest games you may need them.

Usually, space offered in hard disk, battery life, speed of processors, temporary memory and video card are common elements for comparing notebooks. If you are planning to buy a notebook and wondering how to compare and select the right one from several notebook models then here are some useful tips to guide you.

Battery life

If you are planning to use the notebook primarily in your home having steady source of power, battery life is not much of importance.

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However, if you are on the move while using the notebook, go for models offering long battery life.

Hard disk

Hard disk space of a notebook matters little when you are planning to use it for accessing internet or storing your office files.

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However, images with high resolutions, movies and songs may need lot of space. If you like to play high definition games then you need to have a large hard disk space.

Video card

Video card is a crucial part of notebook that is responsible for rendering graphics on screen.

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If you are planning to use your notebook for editing images and videos or play high end games then you can buy a notebook having dedicated video cards. Make sure that there is provision to upgrade the video card.

Screen size

Many of you may wish to watch movies and videos on notebooks. Such users may go for notebooks that offer 17 inch screen.

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However, bargains are usually available if you are ready to compromise with a 15 inch screen. For office works, word processing and surfing internet, a 15 inch notebook screen is more than enough.


Weight of the notebook is crucial if you have to carry it throughout the day or on long trips.

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When you are planning to use it exclusively at home or on your office desk then don’t bother about the weight.


Check the processor while comparing specifications of  notebooks. If you are not after high end gaming programming or designing then you can safely settle for models offering less advanced processors from AMD or Intel.

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Professionals planning to use their notebook for HD video editing or complex programming may look for models offering latest high end processors.


Look for models with sufficient RAM (Random Access Memory) while comparing different notebooks. Computer uses this memory whenever it is powered on.

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Anything above 1GB is fine for surfing internet, watching online videos and processing data quickly. There are models offering RAM upto 4GB. These notebooks may be useful for heavy gamers and designers.


Decide your budget before you start comparing models of notebooks. This helps in short listing models for comparing. Compare prices of notebooks having similar configurations and screen size from different companies.