Best Laptop(s) for a Budget Around 600-650 USD?
649.99$ Not including tax HP - Color=Black with a design on top - Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz - Screen Size 15.6" - RAM 4GB DDR3 - Hard Drive Size 500GB - 2MB L2 cache Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD (People say Intel graphics are not very good) Up to 4 hours Battery Life - Customer Reviews: 4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 (64 Reviews) OS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - 3 USB 2.0 ports - Wireless Networking BGN Weighs 6.3 lbs. and measures just 1.6" thin Software package included With Microsoft Works, Cyberlink DVD Suite, Adobe Acrobat Reader and more. 60-day trial version of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 included. 5-in-1 media reader Supports Secure Digital, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard and xD-Picture Card. They have other Intel Core 2 Duo laptops too. This is the only HP laptop with Core 2 Duo in your price range. I will keep checking up on this question in case you have questions and add details.1. Small Business Branding: What Color Says About Your BusinessIt seems like an innocent question, right? You may be surprised to learn that your color preferences reveal a lot about you. Color has a deep and often subconscious effect on our behavior. Color is often used to persuade or influence us. According to a study examining the effect of color on sales, 92.6% of people surveyed by the CCI: Institute for Color Research said that color was the most important factor when purchasing products. Another study showed that people make a subconscious judgment about a person, environment, or thing within 90 seconds. That judgment was influenced, in 62%-90% of examples, by color alone. Color is a critical influence on how we perceive the world. If you are starting your business or rebranding an existing business and thinking about your brand identity, you should understand how color impacts consumer behavior. How you use it in your business can significantly affect how effectively you convert visitors into sales. Color: truly in the eye of the beholder The effects of color on each person can be highly subjective and deeply personal. Choosing the right color for your business very important, as it must resonate with your customers and prospects. Let's take a look at the science of how we see color to illustrate this importance. We can thank Newton for discovering that color is the sensation of light bouncing off something and entering our eyes. Newton found that light is made up of many different wavelengths, each perceived as a different color. For example, the color red is not actually in the strawberry itself. The surface of the strawberry absorbs all of the light except for the wavelengths we perceive as red. These bounce off of the fruit and into our eyes. We have millions of light-sensitive cells, or receptors, at the back of our eyes. Science considers these receptors as an extension of the brain, and for a good reason. Specific receptors are stimulated by the light coming into our eyes, and those receptors send impulses to our brain. The brain takes those signals and interprets them as color: in this case, red. Because the brain interprets the color, that means that color is, by nature, a sensation. It's this fact that makes our choice and use of color so critical to our businesses' success. While our perception of colors and what they mean is subjective, there are some essential qualities that we can apply generally. Here are some of those qualities: Red. Often considered exciting, attention-grabbing, warm, and connected to love, anger, life, and comfort. Yellow. Seen as adventurous, evoking happiness, enthusiasm, youth, and travel. Green. Of course, this color is connected to money, but it's also known for its connection to balance, health, sustainability, and knowledge. Blue. The color of honesty, high quality, competence, trust, reliability, and integrity. Purple. Creativity, royalty, mystery, respect, and playfulness are often connected to purple (and violet). Brown. Brown is the color of the outdoors and can be seen as friendly, organic, natural, friendly, and rugged. Black. This color is all about sophistication, intelligence, seriousness, and expense. White. The antithesis of black is known for its order, innocence, purity, cleanliness, neutrality, and space. Grey. When you need to communicate timelessness, neutrality, refinement, of the moment, or practicality, you might want to use grey. Culture and context can also influence how color is interpreted. Therefore, do your due diligence and research your audience so you can make the best choices based on their specific backgrounds. To learn more, we recommend you read: How 21 Brands Use Color to Influence Customers Research shows that anticipating your consumer's reaction to a color and its relationship to your brand is more important than the actual color itself. Customers want to see that a color "fits." For example, the color pink probably does not fit with a brand like Ford or Harley Davidson, and black would be perceived as wrong for Fisher-Price or an organic health food store. It's not that the company name Harley Davidson by itself evokes a specific reaction from its customers. But the overall composition of the brand, including its logo, marketing, products, etc., produces a reaction that responds differently to different brand colors. Other research confirms a connection between a company's brand colors and consumers' perception of a company's personality. The key takeaway here is that it's less important what color you choose and more that you choose colors that highlight or accentuate the personality you want your brand identity and product to reflect. Remember that branding is about experience and emotion. As we wrote previously: A powerful brand starts with a professionally designed logo. Color plays a vital role in logo design, as we discussed recently in our look at current logo trends. The importance of color also extends to how you present your products, product packaging, and services to consumers. Studies show that choosing colors that make customers feel or think of a certain quality and help guide their actions is key to your success. As we wrote in 7 Important Packaging Design Trends: Studies demonstrate that colors play a significant role in how advertising and signage are read. 42% more signs and advertisements are read when a color (such as red) is used versus black and white. Comprehension is boosted as well. So if you are creating signage or imagery for your store or website, make sure to add a splash of color to give it a better chance of being noticed and read. We've already looked at how specific colors have themes or attributes, but did you know colors can influence our behavior? Research on the use of color in retail fashion stores shows that customers are more likely to return and make purchases in a store that uses a blue color scheme versus orange. How do you spell relief? P-I-N-K Pink is another color studied for its subconscious effect on people. Researchers found that viewing the color pink causes people's endocrine system (also known as the body's chemical messaging system) to slow down and our muscles to relax. So if you've ever wondered why so many products connected to soothing problems (such as pain-killers, stomach aids, and female hygiene products) include pink in their packaging, now you know: the color itself makes us think of relaxation and relief. Another study found that patients given placebo pills in warmer colors like pink reported them to be more effective than pills with cooler colors. And those red sales signs? There's a subconscious method to that madness, too. Studies found that the color red causes people to react faster and more forcefully. This is probably in part due to our society's connection to red and danger or warning. Retailers capitalize on this reaction to red to impart urgency in their clearance and sales signs. The psychological effect of color on our behavior is one thing, but how does this effect manifest itself in real-world usage? We've gathered some case studies where the use of color had an impact on some output. As we said in our look at how 21 companies use color: We've looked at how colors like red influence our behavior (and we've already been conditioned since childhood that "green means go," but what kind of effect would it have in this particular scenario? These results are impressive, but they do not mean you should run out and change all of your buttons to red. It's essential to test any changes (like Hubspot did here for Performable) with your audience to see what works for your business and your specific audience. RIPT is an apparel company that sells one-of-a-kind designer clothes. Intrigued by the idea of A/B testing, they decided to run their test using their Buy Now button as the subject. Their existing button was monochrome with a subtle arrow pointing at the call-to-action. They ran a test using this as the original and a new, colorful button as the control (or test) version. A 6.3% rise in sales is worth paying attention to, especially when you consider that there was no other change done to the design. This update RIPT made exemplifies the concept we explored earlier: adding color, especially an "action" color like green or red, can affect behavior. Heinz's experiment with "America's Favorite" ketchup is another particular case in color driving behavior. Heinz's "EZ Squirt" product was an attempt to rebrand ketchup and make it more attractive to kids. Not only did Heinz give the bottle a more "fun" design, but they also committed ketchup heresy: they changed its color. "We are on track to ship in the first 90 days what we thought we would sell in the first year," reported Heinz's global marketing director Casey Keller. "This thing has taken on a momentum of its own, striking a chord with kids and people in general." As usual with anything targeted at kids, however, the longevity of Heinz's experiment was short-lived. It turns out kids are fickle consumers (who knew?), and sales eventually dropped off. But the results still speak to the power that color can have on sales. While we eulogize the end of "Stellar Blue" and "Funky Purple," the fact that the new colors posted impressive results is another sign that the hue you choose can make a huge difference. Apple was on the verge of bankruptcy when Steve Jobs returned and turned it into a business school case study success. Nowadays, they have more money than they know what to do with. (Did you know Apple made four times the profit in three months that Amazon made in its entire lifetime?) But back then, things were dramatically different. As Jeff Goldblum so eccentrically pointed out in commercials for Apple's brand new "Bondi Blue"-colored computer, the iMac, color was a huge reason for this. Referring to the existing IBM PC beige box status quo, Goldblum summed up Apple's attitude: "It's beige, it's boring, it's bland." An ex-Apple engineer, Gautum Baksi, noted about Apple's obsession with finding the right color, You do not need Apple's vast resources to take advantage of existing color research and development, and all businesses can take a page out of their color strategy. Be more intentional with how you choose colors for your business. Take into account both the themes that colors represent and the psychological behavior that specific colors influence. Research what colors best fit your target audience's tastes and needs, and above all, do not be like beige.2. Do you think I will need to lighten my eyebrows to dye my hair platinum blonde? (Picture inside)?i think just a little so it look nature, but defiantly darker than your hair die color. other than that it will look good (:3. What breed of cat do I have?She is a domestic short hair, color would be brown mackerel tabby. That's the cat that Nature created!