While there are no major developments in the laptop industry, people looking for a new portable machine should make sure that they look into the latest processors and graphics innovations, according to an industry expert.
Walter Mossberg, writing for the Wall Street Journal, said that Intel’s new Core series of chips are all faster and more efficient than their predecessors, with the i5 and i7 all featuring ‘turbo boost’ which improves speed when it is most needed.
“For the most common tasks – even video playback – integrated graphics, which lack their own dedicated memory, are adequate. So-called discrete graphics, which are almost like having a second processor, are more potent, especially for games,” he added.
Furthermore, Mr Mossberg added that Windows’ new operating system is now “quite competitive” with Apple’s Snow Leopard programme, with computers running the Microsoft option available for much less money.
Answering a customer query on Computer Active, one reader was advised recently to think about buying a new computer instead of just upgrading certain hardware elements.