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Published On: Mon, May 21st, 2018

7 Top Things To Consider When Buying A Laptop

Small and portable, versatile and usable – a laptop cannot be rivalled by the standalone smartphones and tablets. Laptops, depending on your choice, can serve as a complete working tool for writing a research paper or for gaming as well as can carry the load of running heavy applications. Hence, popularity of laptops remains high and it is unlikely that the scenario will change soon. So, among the wide variety of sizes, features and prices – which one should be yours! Here is short list for things you should consider before you make your choice.

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Screen Size

At the beginning, you have to decide on the portability of your laptop. Size, depth and weight of a laptop are usually featured by the screen sizes. If you are looking for an easily portable, thin and light one, 11 to 12 inches display would fit you best. 13 to 14 inches display range would be good balance of portability and usability, it would weigh around 4 pounds. You may go for bigger ones like popular 15 inches or 17 to 18 inches display size in case you would not carry your laptop too often and want table top productivity.

Screen Regulation

The screen quality matters because your eyes will be looking at it for hours every day. Hence, the degree reflections, resolution, viewing angles are of vital importance. You may prefer a touchscreen too, however, be cautious that the glossy touchscreens produce more reflections than the normal screens. So, if you consider a touchscreen, have adequate safeguard for your eyes too. A 1920×1080 pixel resolution or full HD is a good choice. Also, screen with in-plane switching (IPS) technology offers great comfort with widest viewing angles.

Keyboard and Touchpad

Depending on the typing demand, you may choose from a larger typing friendly keyboard or a smaller one squished in a little space in case you can do without a great typing quality. However, for long sessions of typing you should get one with a comfortable keyboard having a usable layout and full-size keys. For greater work load, keys should have solid tactical feedback and greater vertical travel capacity. Keyboard should be backlit and have enough space between keys. Do not fall a touchpad that would give jumpy cursor or produce multitouch gestures. Check and make sure you have the accurate touchpad.

CPU

Processor do have a great influence on your computer’s performance but based on your requirements lesser prices may do your job well. Intel’s Core-based processors are the most popular CPUs in the market. You may choose from Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7. Core i3 are used mostly in the entry level small notebooks and Core i5 is widely used in the mainstream laptops, and for high performance and greater multitasking abilities Core i7 is good. AMD Ryzen Mobile and AMD A, FX or E series could be possible alternatives to the Core-based systems.

RAM

To run multiple applications or to access more data quickly at the same time – you need more emphasis on the RAM. Least price laptops may come with a 2 GB RAM but you need at least 4 GB for comfortable performance. 8 GB could do better; however, you might need to consider your wallet bit more. There can be 16 GB RAM too but for most users this would be too much.

Hard Drive

Hard Drive performance is actually more important than the speed of your CPU. You may leave the traditional slow, little bit bulky and noisy Hard Drives for newer solid-state drives (SSD). You will have faster laptop, as well as SSD would run without noise and are good fit for the thinner and lighter laptops. Latest NVME units offer greater speed than usual SATA drives among the SSDs. Minimum price laptops may come with eMMC memory but try best to adjust your budget little more for a system with SSD.

Longevity of the Battery

Battery life of your laptop should be at least 7 hours or 8+ for better durability. However, do not take the manufacturer quoted battery life for granted, as the battery endurance depends on different issues like the brightness of your screen, video streaming or CPU activity. Figures like Wh (Watt-hours) or mAh (milliamp-hours) are indicative of battery endurance, larger their values are the longer the battery may live.

Conclusion

No matter what is the purpose of your use, you need to consider the above mentioned things when buying a laptop.  If you want to play games on your laptop, you can consider having one of the gaming laptops under 300 dollars if you don’t have budget for highest quality gaming laptops. But when you have higher budget, you can always upgrade. But cheap gaming laptops can easily run older games. If light gaming is your goal, you should be fine with a cheap gaming laptop.

Author: Julia Writer

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