One could argue that purchasing a computer is akin to searching for a spouse; it needs to be both reliable and dependable while also offering compatibility and helping an individual achieve their goals. The variety of laptops currently on the market is astounding. There is essentially a laptop for everybody depending on their budget and criteria and many websites available to assist consumers make informed, technologically savvy decisions. CNet.com is among the leading websites in terms of reviewing various technological devises, laptops included. In their mission statement they assert that their company’s goal is to provide consumers with the “information, tools, and advice that help you decide what to buy and how to get the most out of your tech.” (CNet.com) Another reputable site is PC World, a magazine both online and in print which objectively reviews the most current computer and IT technology. Both of these sources were key in assisting my purchasing decision.
When in the process of choosing a laptop to purchase, I had to itemize the list of basic tasks that I needed it to perform as well as any other special features that I could ultimately employ. I am a student, wife and mother and so the main uses of my laptop are for writing papers, doing research, paying bills, online banking, listening to and downloading music, shopping, loading pictures and watching DVD’s. I had narrowed down the search to two laptops with the help of CNet.com and the online PC World Magazine. CNet.com highlights a feature called the “Best 5 Laptops,” in which it details its editors top five choices along with information describing why those particular computers were chosen. Among them one had no price listing and two were out of the price range of this assignment. From the two eligible computers, one met my purchasing criteria and standards. This laptop, The Gateway NV7915u is described by CNet’s editors as having an “impressive mix of features” for its cost. Some of...
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