Laptop Processor

A laptop processor, just as in a desktop computer, is the central processing unit (CPU) or the brain center of the notebook computer. There are two main types of laptop processors on the market: Intel and AMD. Each company makes several processors and each one has its own pros and cons. In order to choose the one that will work best for you, you need to determine what you need your laptop to be able to do. People who spend most of their time gaming will need higher specifications than someone who needs to use their favorite document creation program.

The processor is the part of the computer that performs the calculations, called processing, that a computer needs. The processor’s speed is measured in gigahertz (Ghz) these days. The technology has really come a long way as for a long time the processing speed was measured only hertz (Hz). A gigahertz is equal to 1,000 hertz so there has been a huge increase in laptop processor abilities over the years.

Your first basic choice in choosing which laptop to purchase is whether you want a PC or a Mac. While Mac’s often have a more appealing design, stylish appearance and smaller size, they do cost quite a bit more than a comparable PC laptop. If you are going to be playing computer games or using a lot of software programs, the PC is going to be compatible with more so you’ll have a larger variety of options to choose from.

Typical laptop processor speeds in today’s models run from 1.7 to 2.7 Ghz. Obviously, the slower the processor speed then the slower the computer will operate. Get the highest speed you can afford if your focus is on multimedia applications and intense gaming. On the other hand, if you just use your laptop for creating text files, surfing the net and checking your email, then the slower laptop processor will be more than sufficient for your needs.

Another important specification is whether it has a single core or dual core processor. A dual core processor will run faster than a single core processor since it balances the amount of work being processed into two batches, divided between the two cores. Basically, a dual core processor is the combination of two processors into a single component. Therefore it will process twice as much information in the same amount of time as a single core processor, even when both have the same clock speed. Of course, this is really only an advantage when you are crunching large amounts of data.

When you choose your laptop, the processor may be the most important component but there are still other things that you must take into consideration. Laptops are obviously not able to compete with the huge hard drives available for desktop computers as there is simply not enough space. However, you do want as large a drive as possible in order to have adequate storage.

The screen size and resolution is another essential factor in determining which laptop will be the best one for you. Most models now come with a resolution of at least 1280 x 800, so that shouldn’t be a problem. Size of the screen can affect your choice in that while larger screens are more comfortable for most people, they also add bulk and weight to the laptop. Since the major advantage of a laptop in the first place is portability, you will have to weight out the pros and cons and come up with a balance that works for you.

In the end, while the other factors are also important, it all comes back to the laptop processor. As the brains behind your machine, you will want to choose a processor that will do what you need at a speed that you can live with.

This Laptop Processor Review is Written/Updated on Oct 26th, 2009 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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