Notebooks

At Another World Computer Centre we carry a range of notebook computers to suit beginners that just need a basic computer for everyday use such as internet access for email and Facebook, and the more serious computers for gamers and business customers. There are hundreds of models out there to choose from, but don't make it confusing for you. We've narrowed the field down to just a few machines that can be used for just about any purpose at price that won't break the bank.

Our range includes famous brands such as HP, Lenovo, Acer, Asus and Toshiba. Top quality products with the backing of a top tier manufacturer that offers great warranty and after sales service.

So how does one decide on what notebook is best for them? Start by choosing the form factor.

We break down laptops into three basic categories by weight, with some overlap: ultraportables (<1k-1.5kg), mid weight (1.5kg-4kg) and desktop replacements (generally 4kg or heavier).

Ultraportables used to mean expensive, full-featured, yet light laptops. But now the market is dominated by Intel's ultrabooks and the MacBook Air. Occupying the 11- to 14-inch space, these laptops can now genuinely claim great portability with minimal performance sacrifice, thanks to SSDs and reasonably speedy dual-core CPUs. Going for between AU$799 and AU$2800, depending on build quality, aesthetics, screen quality and storage capacity, they usually come with good battery life. They're generally not gaming or high performance machines, but should address most of your everyday tasks.

Mid-weight laptops are going through a transition. This has typically been dominated by 15.6-inch budget laptops under AU$1000, but you can get everything from your basic budget laptop up to a powerful gaming laptop. They're usually bristling with ports and will have a DVD or Blu-ray drive built in. Unlike ultraportables, you'll usually get a dedicated graphics card here (to the benefit of games, but detriment of battery life), lots of ports (including a few legacy ones) and you should be able to get quad-core CPUs with little worry.

If you want desktop power, you need a desktop replacement. With screen sizes of 16- to 18.4-inches, weight as heavy as 6 kilograms and average battery life of less than three hours, these behemoths are not for people on the go. However, they can accommodate a wide range of performance parts and are just right for power users of all kinds - especially gamers. Here, as far as cost is concerned, start at around AU$1500, and the sky is the limit.

While there are three major categories, thanks to Windows 8 and now Windows 10, we have to accommodate a fourth within those categories - hybrids. These are laptops that somehow transform into touchscreen tablets whether by removing the screen, rotating the screen and then folding it back against the keyboard, flipping the screen around or otherwise. Some even have two screens.

So if you're looking for a new notebook, come and see us for some great advice and we'll help you select the notebook thats right for you!
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