Well! We all have been there, when we are planning to buy a laptop but couldn’t decide what to choose amongst many in the market. Exhausted, we usually go for the one which suits our budget from a known brand but it is only later that we stumble across many issues.
So, before handing over your hard earned money to the dealer think closely. Go through this handy guide which will let you know the things to validate and will assist you in making an informed decision of buying a laptop.
1) Pick A Size
The size of the laptop is the first and foremost decision to be taken. There is no thumb rule to it and it totally depends on one’s requirement and comfort zone. If you tend to focus towards gaming or work then a 17- inch screen laptop would help. Along with the screen, it will also have a decent sized keyboard. But remember, it will be bigger and heavier than a 13-inch one, so it won’t be travel-friendly but will be more or less like an at home laptop. Alternatively, if your requirements are for a super lightweight laptop, go for 13inch – 11inch screen.
2) Screen Resolution
Once the size is decided, the next thing to ponder is screen resolution. Minimum resolution generally offered by manufacturers is 1366×768. In simple terms, to accommodate a greater number of pixels in a smaller area the operating system scales up for a better visibility of text and icons.
To have a better idea of the resolution, before buying online, visit the nearby store and check for the visibility and how it suits your eyes.
This one is top in our priority, a comfortable typing is the key to a happy laptop – human relation! The keyboard size is directly proportional to laptop size and its config changes with each screen size. If you are an avid user of ‘Home’, ‘ End’, Page Up’ or ‘ Page down’ make sure to look for these physical keys or how these can be replicated with function keys.
The touchpad’s positioning and feel are as essential as a keyboard. These days laptops are amazing but their touchpads, loaded with gestures can be awful. This may lead you to always carry an external mouse.
5) Form Factor
Next, decide on the laptop type, a traditional one or a trendy one where the laptop can be converted to a tablet or a touchscreen enabled device for more creative ones. There are laptops where screen can be completely detached, converting them to tablets and waving them off the keyboard weight.
The light weighted, sleek designs mostly tend to loose on the number of ports provided. So, always list down your requirements, what need to be plugged in to your laptop and what can be discarded. Look if the laptop offers required number and type of ports.
Till now you should have made a decision of the look and feel of laptop, now it is time for what works inside! If you are budget constraint, go for the one which has at least 4GB RAM, this will enable you to open multiple browser windows. If the requirement revolves around video editing, choose with a RAM of 8GB and above.
While choosing a processor, go for at least Intel Core i3 which will make office work comfortable. Intensive tasks like image and video edition should be covered with Core i7. If your desired laptop offers AMD processors, go for the one which is powered by at least an A8 or A10.
Mostly laptops are coupled with Intel HD Graphics which can comfortable play low resolution 3D games. If you are a serious gamer go for a laptop with a dedicated Nvidia or AMD graphics chipset.
9) Battery Life
It is not always possible to find a charge station in a café, a train or flight. So if your work requires a lot of travel make sure the laptop has enough battery to keep it charged up for 14 hours.
Finally, we speak about storage, if you have enough budget, go for an SSD which will boot your laptop speed, and makes it responsive and quicker. Go for an at least 120 GB SSD, considering you have most of your storage in the cloud. Alternatively, if you are storing a lot of data in laptop, go for minimum 500 GB SSD.
Currently, most of high-end laptops have SSDs that use the PCI-Express (PCIe) standard. They are several times faster than a regular SSD and contributes a huge difference to performance.