Think about what you want first, not about how much you have to spend
The secret to choosing the best bargain among a wide array of products is to determine specifically what you are looking for first. When you know what you want, then you look for products within your predetermined budget. Although this approach to shopping might not work for all products, it should work fairly well if you are shopping for budget touchscreen laptops.
How do I know what I should be looking for?
Your selection of an inexpensive portable computer that has touchscreen technology shouldn’t have to be too complicated. Ask yourself; what does my computer have to have? what will it need to do? No doubt you answered something like this:
1) It has to have a large enough CPU or central processing unit. This will determine
the speed at which the computer will work. You don’t have to go overboard here,
but, on the other hand, if you are going to be late with an assignment you don’t
want it to be because your laptop was too slow.
2) It has to have sufficient memory. You may not need a whole lot as a student, 2GB
may be sufficient, but you don’t want it to become an issue either.
3) Size: If you are going to be carrying it you want your laptop small
enough to make it convenient to do so.
4) Durability: Even budget touchscreen laptops should last through a school year
Check little things like the quality of the lid and its hinges.
5) Extras: do you need a webcam How about a graphics card? One may be built in
but do you want an extra? Is there provision made for an extra?
What does the school provide and or require?
It may be the school has criteria which student’s computers need to match. If this is so there is another guideline to follow when you go shopping. The school could also have a computer service facility where you may have repairs done for free or at very reduced rates. There may be restrictions on what type of computers they will work on, however. You might want to make their criteria your criteria. The potential value of such a service is so high, in terms of time as much as money, that it only makes sense to use it.
If the school has no specific requirements and you aren’t sure what you need, ask around. Check out what older student friends and acquaintances have been using. Were they satisfied? What would they have changed? Make a point of remembering both the specific products and the details of those products. If two or more people, independent of one another, condemn or praise a particular product you can probably take their advice pretty seriously.
Sooner or later, though, it comes down to you.
You are the one that will be using your laptop computer so you are the one who has to make the decision on what to buy. Now you are ready to start shopping. You know what you want and need in your laptop. You know what the school requires. You have talked with friends about what has worked for them.At this point you should look at ratings lists and consumer reports. You will want to look at lists that are independent of any company or vendor for obvious reasons.
Next, look at the list and compare what you want in a budget touchscreen laptop with the features of the products on the list. There is a good chance you will find something in your price range. For example, the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 series 2in1 (3147) is listed in a respected magazine’s top ten and sells for under $500.
This is given simply as an example of a well regarded product offered at a reasonable price, you will want to do your own research. If you can’t find something that meets your needs from the best of lists then turn to the ‘best budget laptop lists’ but not before.