When most of the world is connected to the internet and you can do everything no matter where you are in the world, all you need is a laptop and an internet connection. Wait, if you are confused about which laptop to purchase and which one answers all your needs? I will share with you 10 things you need to consider before purchasing your next laptop. Let’s begin.
Apart from the quality of your laptop, size also matters. Laptops come in different sizes and It’s important to choose the size according to your plans and needs from the computer. Unlike RAM, for example, you can’t change the size of the laptop, so it’s important to choose wisely. Laptop sizes range from 11.6 to 17.3 inches, with most brands (Dell, Asus, HP, Acer) tend to offer three different display sizes: 13.3-inches,15.6-inches, and 17.3 inches. However, you can also find laptops with screen sizes of 11.6-inches, 12.5-inches, and 14-inches from other manufacturers and brands. If you plan to take your laptop with you all the time and be mobile with it, you’ll probably prefer a smaller size laptop, as they tend to be lighter and thinner than the big size laptops. In this case, look for laptops with screen sizes of 12.5-inches or 13.3-inches and weight between 1-1.5 kg. With that said, it is important to know that small size laptops often don’t support the same high-end Intel core i7 CPUs or discrete graphics cards that you’ll find on the big size laptops, the 15.6-inches for example.
But, at this point, we are talking about the size of the laptop, as we will get to the CPU later on. If your primary concern from your laptop size, consider Ultrabooks, as they tend to be slimmer and lighter. The Asus Zenbook and Lenovo Yoga are laptops to consider. Notebooks, on the other hand, tend to offer a good mix of portability and power. Some good notebooks you can find and purchase are the Dell XPS 13 and HP Envy x360. Convertibles (2-in-1 laptops) add the ability to fold away or remove the keyboard, and thus use your laptop in tablet mode. Recommended convertibles are Microsoft SurfaceGo and Acer Chromebooks. Screen QualityIt’s important that your laptop will have a good quality screen, as you’ll probably stare at your screen for a long time, and so it has to be comfortable to look at and use. First, consider if you want your screen to be a touchscreen, or not. They can make some tasks easier for you, however, they can also add a glossiness to the display which sometimes is undesirable. Glossy screens lead to reflections, which are bad for you if you’re gaming, watching content or editing images and videos on your laptop. If this is the case, consider having a regular screen and not a touchscreen.
Screen resolution is also very important. If you want a lot of space to line up windows and keep things in view, you should get a 1920×1080-pixel resolution (Full HD). Some laptops today also offer 4K resolution, however, they tend to be generally costly and you’ll only need such a high resolution if you’ll create content yourself and engage in professional editing. If you plan to play a lot with your laptop and use it as a gamer, consider checking the refresh rate on the display. A faster refresh rate provides a competitive advantage in online gaming and also enables a smoother and more responsive play experience. Another important thing to consider is the viewing angles. IPS (in-plane switching) technology offers the widest viewing angles and the best user comfort. Chances are you’re not always going to be using your laptop in its natural habitat, so a laptop with an IPS display is usually preferred over the opposite.
Yes, even the keyboard is important as it is an integral part of your new laptop. If you plan to use the keyboard a lot, for writing, typing and so on, you’ll need a comfortable keyboard and not one that will pack in every key under the sun. You need a keyboard that has a comfortable layout with full-sized keys, but also some space around the arrow keys. A good keyboard is one where the keys have snappy responsiveness when you let them go. Also, consider a backlit keyboard, so you’ll be able to type with an easier view on the keys in darker places and environments.
Intel CPUs are considered probably the best today, whether the Core i3, Core i5 or Corei7. An Intel Core Processor offers the best performance when it comes to multitasking and multimedia tasks. Entry-level systems will have the Core i3, and the majority of mainstream laptops will use the Core i5. The Core i7-based systems are suitable for people who want the best performance from their laptop, however, heat coming through the base of the laptop can be cause for concern, especially if you plan to use the laptop on your lap a lot of the time. There are also laptops with the Core i9 CPU which are able to rival even desktops for performance, but they are much more expensive and most people do not need such a monster laptop. If you plan to use your computer for gaming, consider getting a laptop with the AMD’s Ryzen Mobile CPU. Ryzen Mobile CPUs tend to be paired with AMD’sown Vega graphics chipsets, which are currently far better for gaming than Intel’s own onboard graphics. RAMIf in the old days, 4GB of RAM was more than enough, these days, you’ll probably want to think about 8GB as a minimum. If you’re a power-user, you’ll need a16GB RAM, and if you’re a gamer, you should consider getting even 32GB of RAM in order to get the best experience from your laptop. More RAM allows for more applications to be run at the same time, and for more data to be quickly accessible by the system at any one time, which comes in handy for tasks such as editing photos or video content.
When it comes to storage, the best and most recommended today are without a doubt the solid-state drives (SSD). They offer a lot more speed than a regular hard drive, run silently, and can be installed in a form factor that doesn’t add too much to the weight and bulk of a laptop. Stick to an SSD for your new laptop and you’ll love the speed with which it can load programs, access your data, and also how quickly it can boot up your system. The only problem with the SSD is its capacity. SSD storage is often more expensive in terms of dollars-to-gigabytes than traditional hard drives, but they are so much better. When choosing an SSD, you can choose between128GB, 256GB or 512GB, when with the traditional hard drive you can get 1TB or 2TB of capacity. So, in order to compensate, many laptops today pair a smaller SSD with a larger hard drive. This allows you to enjoy the speed benefits of keeping your operating system on SSD storage while also having adequate storage space for the rest of your data.
Here is one thing you must know: Manufacturer-quoted battery life is almost never indicative of what the real-world experience of using a laptop is like. There are many variables that affect battery life, like screen brightness, screen resolution, the number of applications you have running in the background, and more. ultrabooks and convertibles running on ChromeOS tend to offer superior battery life than those running on Windows 10. If you run programs that need lots of processing, stream lots of online videos, play graphics-intensive games or if you transfer lots of files over a wireless network, then your battery will drain a lot sooner than what the vendor has quoted. You can check the rating of the battery in watt-hours (Wh) or milliamp-hours (mAh). The larger these figures are, the longer the battery can last.