Purchasing a Laptop? 8 Things to Watch out for

Laptops are the everyday go-to solution that we can carry with us, anywhere, anytime. They can go versatile and you can pick up the right laptop for you after evaluating a bunch of them. I think that everyone’s priorities are different when it comes to laptops. Buying a laptop can lead you to a whirlpool of confusion and every laptop will seem perfect for you. So, if you just jump over to the lucrative sites of laptop manufacturers then it will be a waste of time and effort.

That’s why you should be aware of the following terminologies before you just choose your next PC. I know that your next purchase is nothing less than an investment. And, you should be prepared with the practical requirements of a laptop.

Begin with Selecting the Right Operating System

What to look for when buying a laptop for school, college, or business? Before you go to prime system specifications, get to know which operating system will suit your job. Most laptops feature Windows, macOS, and Chrome OS for everyday functionality. Windows is one of the most flexible and reliable operating systems. There have been many improvements and user-friendliness on Windows 10. It would be a perfect choice if you have been using Windows PCs before.

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On the other hand, if you own Apple products and you like to go with sync on your laptop then you can experiment with macOS. With every Mac product, macOS Big Sur will be introduced to the user. And, you can run iOS and iPadOS applications on macOS. Chrome OS is found on inexpensive Chromebooks and this operating system is simple and safe. This operating system comes with web applications that might not work well when you’re offline.

However, they are great for navigating social media platforms, checking emails, and binge-watching content. If you’re a school-going kid then Chromebooks are ideal. So, check out your OS requirements and look out for the perfect match.

Go for the Right Size

A laptop means portability. So, you have to find out which laptop will be as portable as you want. There are diverse sizes starting from 11 inches. If you want to carry the thinnest and lightest laptops and you’re a true traveler then you can go with the laptops measuring 11 to 12 inches. However, these laptops might not deliver powerful performance.

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To balance things up, laptops within the sizes of 13 and 14 inches can be your real buddy. If you are looking for bigger screen sizes and considering not too much traveling then laptops of between 15 and 16 inches will do great. You can have an eye on the 16-inch MacBook Pro series and check if they are worth it. Finally, if you are more into gaming then 17 to 18 inches laptops will keep productivity high. However, it will be a bit difficult to carry around.

CPU

Even if you’re not tech-savvy, it’s almost impossible to say no to Intel processors. When it strikes to performance, you can’t just skip Intel Core processors. If you’re searching for an entry-level PC then you can rely upon Core i3-powered notebooks. Whereas most of the basic powerful laptops flaunt Core i5. And, if you don’t wanna compromise with multitasking and performance then Core i7 is the ultimate choice to make.

I haven’t forgotten the Intel Core i9 processors either. By the way, you can’t just overlook powerful AMD Ryzen chips, as well. These are less expensive than Intel ones. So, if you’re looking for value for money deals then you can go with AMD Ryzen mobile chips. The concept of grabbing AMD Ryzen-powered PCs seems skeptical to you, so you should check out the compatibility of AMD CPU and AMD Vega graphics chipset for a reliable gaming experience.

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The newest addition to the processor industry is Apple’s M1 processor. This is Apple’s own ARM-based processor. Since Apple started ditching the Intel Core processor, M1 has become the headline of the news. This processor is extremely powerful and provides comprehensive, light-blazing, and precise performance. 

RAM

The more the better, that’s what I can suggest to you when it comes to RAM. This memory is responsible for holding up necessary data when the processor is processing tasks. If RAM remains very small then the processor will have trouble loading data on and off. If you’re preferring normal usage on a Windows PC, then you should start looking from 8GB onwards.

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In case you have to perform some hectic tasks such as video editing or compiling code, then you should settle for 16GB RAM, at least. Check out if the RAM comes with the DDR4 tag or not. DDR4 tag indicates that your RAM can provide sufficient speed while working. Another thing that you should keep in mind is to examine whether the RAM is available for your laptop with soldered to the motherboard. If that’s the situation then you can’t upgrade the RAM by yourself.

Storage

Are you ready to commit to spinning hard drives or solid-state drives? Hard drives are going out of fashion due to unnecessary add-ons to weights, noise, heat, and slow performance. Whereas a solid-state drive is a more reliable option as it doesn’t contribute much to the weight of the laptop. They can run silently and you’ll fall for the speedy performance of these solid-state drives. 

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However, there’s only one problem with SSDs. They don’t offer raw capacity. Additionally, SSDs can go a bit more expensive than spinning hard drive ones. Now, if you’re going with a laptop that offers you only SSD as storage then you should grab a 256GB SSD, at least. And, if you prefer a dual setup of both these storage options then consider a hard drive of at least 1TB and an SSD of 256GB.

Battery Life

Are you relying on the promise showcased in the laptop manufacturer’s advertisement for the laptop’s battery life? Well, that’s an ideal situation and they might not be counting screen resolution, brightness, running applications, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth connectivity while judging the battery performance. Chromebooks deliver a better battery life compared to Windows 10 PCs. Basically, it depends upon the workflow of your laptop and how you use it. 

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Instead of looking at the promised battery life in hours mentioned by the manufacturer, check out the battery capacity in mAh or Watt0hours. The more they will be, your laptop’s battery will ten to last longer. For best results, you should list laptops that provide a battery life rating within 44 Watt-hours to 50 Watt-hours.

Don’t Skip Touchpad and Keyboard

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Ergonomics do matter and you have to spend a long time with your upcoming purchase, right? So, you have to make sure that your laptop comes with a comfortable keyboard and touchpad experience for convenience. Otherwise, a jumpy cursor or too many pressing keys are not expected at all after you spent so many bucks.

Look out for Ports

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You might not consider ports as important as you minutely judge CPU, RAM, and other specifications. But, trust me, you should. As per my consideration, your PC should have one USB C, one microphone jack, and one USB A port, at least. Additionally, you should go for a laptop that relies upon USB C charging and has got an SD card reader, as well. Depending on USB C ports can minimize your stress as you might carry a single USB C cable for charging different devices.

Anything Else?

Well, of course, don’t forget to check out all the connectivity mediums for your laptop. In addition, choose a renowned brand no matter for which task you’re gonna use it. Moreover, you can go with a two-in-one convertible laptop if you have to carry it around. Last but not least, check out the build of the laptop before you make any commitment.

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