It’s not easy deciding on what laptop you should buy just like it’s not always easy to decide which job you should pick or what you want for dinner. Sometimes having too many options can make us feel overwhelmed and unsure.
When you are shopping for laptops, what are the things you are looking for? What do you expect? Since a laptop is only as good as the specs you get, keep reading to learn 8 factors you should consider before making the purchase.
The first thing most of us already decide when we are choosing a laptop is the operating system. There are three platforms you can choose from Windows OS, macOS, and Chrome OS. If you are familiar with all of these operating systems and own (or owned) any of them, it may be easier to choose which you want.
Each operating system has its own strengths, so at the end of the day, this will all come down to personal preference. Still, there are differences between each, so if you want to decide based on specs you prefer, it would be helpful to review each.
Another important factor to consider for your future laptop is the screen size. If all you want is the standard size, you should get a laptop that is between 15-16 inches.
You can go higher or lower than the standard size.
You may want to choose a smaller laptop (11-14 inches) if you want to carry something that’s easy to travel with and is light-weight.
You may want to opt for the bigger screen (17-18 inches) if you plan on keeping the laptop in one area and enjoy large screens for gaming or media.
If you are going to be staring at your laptop screen for hours on end, you want to do it on a screen you can look at. For example, one thing that can affect the quality (for better or worse for a user) is the gloss that some laptops have on the display.
Sometimes, this benefit can be a drawback because it leaves a glare. This glare can make it hard to game or watch content for longer periods of time.
The CPU you get on a laptop will have a major influence on its overall performance, namely how fast or slow your computer will be as the “brain.” You will have to decide between Intel Core, Intel Pentium, Intel Xeon, or AMD for your processors. Most Windows users prefer Intel processors (i3, i5, i7, i9).
The types of tasks you usually do are something you should consider while picking a professor. For basic tasks (web browsing, email), a dual-processor may be most ideal. If you are big on multimedia, you should get one of the Intel cores.
Asides from speed, you also will want to have a certain amount of space available on your laptop. Internal space is the most convenient for those who do not like to move other things they want to save to external sources. As long as you buy a laptop with a decent solid-state drive (SSD), the overall speed of your laptop is excellent.
However, when you do need extra space, you can use USBs, external hard drives, or CDs to transfer the files you still need. It’s the opposite and you have excess space you want to get rid of, like a Mac. You can always cancel iCloud storage when you feel you no longer need it.
6-Keyboard and Touchscreen
The type of keyboard you are looking for in a laptop matter. The keyboard is what you really need and use to work on your laptop so you want to ensure you are happy with the keyboard and its functions. Is the keyboard organized in a way that is ok for you?
How is the feel? Do you require flights? Are touchscreens more preferable? Think about what you will use the laptop for when making your choice.
Those who work a lot on a laptop may prefer a keyboard with solid tactile feedback, and adequate keyspace between keys. You want to be extra careful about this when you want to get a laptop with a touchscreen.
The reason people prefer laptops over desktops is that they are mobile. The entire point of freedom you get to move around is lost if your laptop dies on you rather quickly. This is why the overall battery life of laptop matters.
In general, most laptops will have a laptop that is good for about 8 hours of use. Other laptops can have as much as 14 to 18 hours of battery life.
RAM space works with the CPU in regards to speed and performance. It mostly handles computer memory. On average, a laptop with a standard amount of RAM has 4GB. This is just the right amount you will need to complete general tasks.
The heavier the work you plan on doing, the more RAM you will need. Those who use laptops for hardcore gaming or photo and video editing will want to go higher (around 8GB of RAM).
Do keep in mind the more RAM processes you have active, the quicker your battery will drain. It helps to always close programs you do not use rather than leaving them open in the background.
Shopping for Laptops the Right Way Save Time and Money
Shopping for laptops is a complex task for most of us because we spend time looking at several laptops. We will compare them side-by-side to see what makes one laptop better than the other and if it’s worth the price. Still, how can you make a list or compare something when you are not sure what you want.
Before you start looking at laptops, you should think about what you want first. Deciding on specs you want like screen size, CPU, RAM, and storage space will make shopping easier.
Doing this will prevent you from wasting time looking at laptops that are not even on your radar. You will also save money because you will get what you want the first time (no reorders or upgrades needed).
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