Getting a laptop can be quite difficult especially when you want a good deal for your budget and you can’t seem to make sense of the product specifications. This can be confusing if you are not so tech-savvy.
These specifications such as graphics capability, storage, CPU speed, RAM, laptop size among others vary from laptop to laptop and should be tailored to your preference and meet your top needs. It is important that you get value for your money as top trends and latest editions doesn’t always mean better functionality.
To help ease the process, we here are 5 things to consider when buying a laptop.
The whole idea behind the emergence of laptops was the portability and flexible working experience it brings. But even at that, they still come in varying sizes to suit individual/customer needs.
If you spend more hours in a particular working space, you may not need to get an overly portable laptop. But if you are looking to move from place to place while getting your work done, then portability is an important factor.
Specifically, you can go for a device with a screen between 12 and 13.3 inches, and a weight of less than 1.5kg since most Laptops sizes tend to start at 11.6-inches and go all the way up to 17.3 inches.
- Screen quality:
As inconsequential as this looks, it’s a factor you really want to consider since you would be spending lot hours staring at the screen of your laptop. So, you want to make sure its comfortable and easy on your eyes.
Your screen resolution is also important as this will determine the image quality and amount of room required to keep your windows in view.
A 1920×1080 is a (full HD screen) is a minimum but if your reason for getting a laptop requires more resolution (photography, videography, content creation etc), then you should consider getting a higher resolution.
- RAM (Random Access Memory)
RAM allows multiple applications to be run smoothly at the same time and also allows your laptop access more data faster. This makes it perfect for tasks such as photo editing or video content and if you multi-task a lot. Therefore, the higher, the better.
In the past, 4gb is usually enough. But these days, where we use more applications to get more work done faster and we are prone to multi-tasking, 8gb or more does the job better.
- CPU (Central Processing Unit)
For your CPU, you are most likely to get the Intel’s Core-based range which usually contain Core i3, Core i5, or Core i7. They offer quality performance when it comes to multi-tasking or even multi-media tasks.
You will see Core i3 in entry-level laptops and core i5 in the majority of mid-range laptops.
Then, you will find Core i7 which offers the best performance in higher-end laptops. But the heat coming from the bottom of the device can be a downside especially if you plan to use your laptop on your thighs frequently.
Also, depending on your purpose for getting a laptop, storage is another important factor to consider.
And you will need to consider both the amount of storage and the type of storage.
Hard drives used to be a thing. But with slimmer and lighter laptops, many are going for solid state drives. Compared to Hard drives, solid state drives (SSD) are faster, quieter and can be installed in such a way that it doesn’t add too much to the weight to the laptop but its more expensive.
In conclusion, your needs and budget are top priority when it comes to buying a laptop. Hardly will you get a laptop that ticks all your boxes at your preferred budgets. This is why you must know your priorities and let that determine your perfect choice from the options available.