With the introduction of Windows 7, Microsoft seems to have thrown off the blues that came with Vista. Now that Windows has an operating system again, how do we decide which new computer to buy it with?
The variety of available systems is perhaps greater than it has ever been before, with everything from netbooks through a wide array of laptops to very high-end desktops to choose from. All of these PC systems are available with at least one level of Windows 7, so perhaps the place to start is by deciding what basic type of computer you need. Between the computer type, your pattern of usage, and your budget, it should be fairly easy to determine which Windows 7 PC computer is right for you.
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For most people, the best Windows 7 machine is a mid-range laptop, giving the user reasonable capabilities in a reasonably priced package. For around $800, plus or minus $200, you can have a fairly powerful portable computer, complete with a dual-core processor of around 2.2 GHz, 4 GB of systemÂ memory, 500 GB of disk space, and a 15-inch or greater display with a resolution of around 1280 x 800 pixels or greater and better than average video capabilities. In this price range, it is generally possible to get the power of the Windows 7 Professional version.
For a bit less money, you can go with a lower end notebook. It is possible to save $300-$400 by going with a lesser notebook, though you will get fewer capabilities and almost certainly a lesser version of Windows 7 (probably Windows 7 Home Premium). One of these babies will cost you $450-$500. Still, you would get a processor in the range of 2 GHz (though usually in a single core), a hard disk of around 300 GB and about 2 GB of system memory. There is every chance that the less expensive notebook will be obviously slower and less versatile than the mid-range. Still, the low-end notebook can be had on a lower budget and is a cut above the basic netbook, which comes in third.
That low-end netbook can be yours for around $300. It is smaller and lighter than a notebook, which can have its advantages. Certainly, if you never run a program more demanding that email or a browser, it can be a good choice, while costing $150-$200 less than a low-end notebook. The usual Window 7 operating system for such a netbook, the Starter edition, is a perfect fit for the hardware of basic notebook, especially if you are already familiar with Windows. With the understanding that it will not do any heavy lifting, the netbook can be a reasonable primary system, or a good auxiliary system, for people that do not demand too much of their hardware.