Buying a laptop? What to consider.
So, what kind of laptop or notebook is the right one for you? With so many options and brands to choose from, from cheap laptops to sleek, expensive ultrabooks, complex specifications and techy jargon, picking the best laptop for your needs can be a big confusing decision. Whether you’re a gamer, a designer, engineer, producer, a student, or simply need a laptop for everyday tasks and browsing, you need to make sure it meets your needs in terms of power and that it suits your style as well. To avoid all this confusion, the following are a few tips that will help you to know what to keep in mind when it comes to buying a laptop:
Here are top 12 things to consider when buying a laptop.
Know you needs
Start with doing an analysis of your needs. Ask questions like: what will I be using the laptop for? Do you really need that graphic card to watch YouTube videos or to do your school work with? Sometimes all your really need is a budget computer to accomplish your work and other times you something with more power or options to upgrade.
Set a budget and stick to it
Everyone wants the best performance, but what about price? Start by setting a budget. It will be helpful to have a budget in mind as you start looking at laptop models.
Style and looks
If looks really matter then look for a notebook that looks as great as it performs and suits your style. We use our laptops in public areas, and will be seen by a lot of people as you use it, so sure you like the way it looks. Some laptops are built very well: they’re strong, durable whereas others are made out of cheap plastics. Pay special attention to the keyboard and mouse pad, since those are the things you’ll need to use the most.
Size and weight
If you’re always on the move or plan to move your laptop around then size and weight is key. Heavy laptops kill mobility. Get a light notebook or your shoulders will hate you.
Specifications and features
Make sure to take a look at the specifications of each laptop you consider purchasing. Picking a good one is essential to your computer experience. Faster processor is one of the main factors in having a faster computer. See how much memory is available on the laptop and how much maximum RAM the laptop can support.
Choose the screen size.
When it comes to buying a laptop, screen size is also a major point of influence. Laptop screen sizes range from about 10.1 to 17.3 inches. Smaller means more portability. A bigger laptop screen is ideal for gaming, watching movies, photo and video editing, and viewing documents side by side. Keep in mind, a big screen can increase the overall size, weight and power consumption of a laptop.
Decide if you want a 2-in-1
They’ve both been designed for life on the go. First, think about what tasks will be imperative for the device to allow you to perform. Of course, with the new breed of convertibles that combine aspects of both tablets and laptops, the choice is more about finding a device that’s compatible with you.
Choose your Operating Systems
When buying a laptop, choosing the right operating system is important. You’ll be basically looking at Microsoft Windows (either Windows 7, Windows 8 or windows 10) or Apple Mac OS. Keep in mind that more software is designed for Windows OS than any other operating system, it has a much larger available software library. If you are buying a high specs laptop, go with 64-Bit operating systems. On the other hand, Apple’s operating system is available only on a handful of desktops and laptops. Not so many programs are designed to work with Mac OS.
Check out the ports and connectivity
Does the laptop have ports enough for all of your devices? Such as HDMI or VGA in case you want to connect it to your TV or a projector? When it comes to the ports in laptop, you’re going to be much more limited than on a computer, so it’s important you know what you’re getting.
Select the best laptop brand
Your laptop is only as good as the company that stands behind it. It is very important that you spend some time on the internet comparing various brands. It is always advisable to stick with top-notch brands when buying a laptop. A well-established brand assures good quality hardware and software. Check out the manufacturer’s warranty. Make sure it come at least with 1-year warranty and know what it covers.
Buy the laptop with a better battery life
Another important component of any laptop is its battery. Battery life is one of the biggest factors that determine whether a laptop should be sought after or set aside by consumers. if you work in some place without constant access to power, you might look for a laptop with long last battery.
Don’t let a sales people direct you to higher cost. Stick to your budget. There’s no point in paying for an expensive laptop if you’re mainly planning to use it for word processing and browsing the internet. Spending more is a better idea if performance is a concern.
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