Laptops are one of the best machines that gives you both portability and serious work. But in order to get both, you probably need to look into a few things before deciding on which laptop to buy. Here is our guideline for you to buy laptop that is right for your work.
1. Operating System
The first question you need ask yourself, while deciding on which laptop to buy, is that what operating system do you want. Do you want Windows/Microsoft, Macintosh/Apple or Android?
If you do not have a prior preference of your own, for general all kind purposes, we suggest you to go for a Windows, as most of the softwares that you would need to use will be available for Windows. With a good configuration, you will be able to draw out most with Windows operating system.
If you are into heavy software, like graphic editing, musical production softwares etc., Macbook can be a good choice, if you have a good budget. Although you can do those things in Windows, but Mac provides a lot of smoothness for such software’s operation.
If you want simple internet facilities, Android operating system will be a good selection. It’s simple; you will get most of the basic application softwares in it.
Best optimum solution for most users will be to go for the Intel Core i5 or i7 series. Core i3 is also good. Keep in mind that the latest generation like 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th of these series will be better. If you are into heavy duty work, like video editing, 3D designing, you can choose Intel Xeon, since it’s very powerful. The new Core M series is also a good choice, but a grade below the Core i series.
If you want to lower the budget, you can go for the AMD Ryzen series as well. We recommend you not to go for Intel Pentium or Celeron as they give slow performance.
According to all guidelines to ‘buy laptop’ in today’s time, you should definitely buy at least 4GB RAM for you, but would be better if you buy 8GB. Try to buy the latest DDR4 or at least DDR3 RAMs if possible.
Now a days 64 bits laptops are better; softwares are getting converted for 64bit computers.
5. Storage/Hard disk
If you want best, faster performance, choose SSD (Solid State Drive) over hard drive. If you do not need a huge internal storage facilities or a regular hard disk of high space, SSD will help you with faster performance, because the system wouldn’t need to calculate a lot of internal storage data. A lot of laptops are providing such facilities now a days. However, if you need an internal storage, with a higher RAM, you can take you desired hard disk, preferably 1TB. Bare in mind that during OS installation, the primary partition (mostly C drive) should have ample space for running programs.
6. Graphics Card
Most of the users will be happy with the internal integrated graphics card for your laptop. But if you are into heavy graphics work, gaming, 3D work, etc., you should get a graphic processor from Nvidia/GeForce or AMD.
14 to 15 inch size is the best, most popular balance between portability and visual comfort. But if portability is your main concern, 11 to 12 inches will be great. If your laptops stays in one place more and you want bigger screen, you may opt for 17 to 18 inches.
For portability, ideal weight, considering today’s market, should be around 1.5 to 2.5 kilograms.
9. Clamshell or 2 in 1
We find this part to be important in our ‘buy laptop’ guideline for you. If you want your laptop to be used in various positions like clamshell, tent, stand or tablet mode, then there are many good options for you today. Many laptops give you such facilities where you can detach your laptop from keyboard and use it as a tab. Usually they come with touchscreen facilities are well. But, as of yet, most classic clamshell designs come with the best specs for superior performance. Therefore, for heavier work, we recommend you to opt for the traditional, clamshell model of laptops.
Both in 2 in 1 and traditional clamshell laptops, you can get touch screen facilities. If your specifications are not compromised, you can have the touch screen facilities. Preferably, if you want a visual comfort, you should take anti glare screens, or else the reflection on your screen can really be disturbing. In that case, you will have to sacrifice the touch screen because touch screen comes glossy.
Opt for at least 1920 x 1080 resolution, otherwise you won’t get most satisfaction looking at your laptop. If you can, go for higher resolutions.
11. Keyboard and Touchpad
It is likely that you will be spending a lot of time on your laptop, therefore, buy a laptop that has good keyboard and touchpad. Check the touchpad’s placement, so that it doesn’t disturb your typing. Many times the touchpad doesn’t work properly; might be less responsive vertically or horizontally. Check for these flaws if possible. In today’s market, you will also find separate keyboards for laptops that come with tab like outlook.
The keyboard ergonomics should be comfortable, arrow key alignment needs to be good. Along with the full size keyboard, also try to feel how your hand is placed on the laptop while typing; ideally your hand should have ample space to be placed on it. Also look for back-lit keyboard for using it in low light environment.
Do not compromise on this. Battery life should be at least 7 – 8 hours, if you want to at ease while you are on the roads. Unfortunately, manufacturer quotes on this doesn’t always reflect. It also depends on what you are using it for. Gaming, heavy software, video watching will cost loss of charge quicker. Still, on an average, it should be 7 – 8 hours at least. A bit of research or consulting some on hand experienced person on this, would be better.
Check if your laptop has USB 3, HDMI, VGA, card readers, headphones etc. Particularly, USB 3 and HDMI is very important.
14. Body Strength
For rough use, look into your laptop and try to find out how fragile your laptop is. As your price goes up, you will find more stronger built machines.
15. CD ROM
Having a CD ROM in your laptops isn’t very crucial anymore, thanks to USB facilities.
Finally, match with your budget and make the best choice that fits your need. Obviously, your budget will dictate the purchase decision.
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