A laptop is an essential piece of kit these days, but it has become more complicated to choose a suitable model, thanks to the number of options on the market. Big companies like DELL, HP, LENOVO, and APPLE sell a multitude of different laptops, so many that it is hard to know which is the best buy, particularly as everyone has their own demands and requirements. However, below are a few hints and tips on how you should choose a laptop that is right for you.
- Get a sharp screen
Always purchase a laptop with a high spec screen, which means three things- size, resolution and panel type. If you are spending more than $600 then your laptop must have an IPS display. Next, you should check-out the resolution. Try and buy a laptop with a higher-resolution screen, for example a full HD screen, which it is possible to get for as little as $600. Finally is the size. If you want portability, then choose a laptop with a smaller screen. On the other hand, if you want a laptop for watching movies or gaming then buy a laptop with a larger screen, 15 inch and upwards.
Weight is also an important consideration, depending on your requirements. If you want to buy a laptop for home use then any weight is fine. However, if you want a laptop that is portable (perhaps you are a student and want a laptop that will fit comfortably in your backpack) then choose a lighter weight of laptop and try to stick to 14 inches or less.
The more ram your laptop has, the more responsively it will work High ram laptops allow you to run a bunch of applications at the same time without compromising on performance. 4 GB ram is really a minimum but try and get 8 GB ram if your budget allows it. if you are purchasing a laptop for photo and video editing, then we recommend you buy a laptop with 16 GB of ram.
- SSD CACHE AND SSD
Laptops with SSD CACHE and SSD function often work faster and more responsively. However, with this function, you will often have to compromise by making do with a smaller hard drive, perhaps 500 GB instead of 750 GB.
Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 perform well for multi-tasking. Core i3 is generally found in entry-level laptops, while Core i5 is one step up from this. Core i7, on the other hand is for those people who want great performance from their laptop, or those who are perhaps using their computer intensive tasks, such as those in the arts or architecture. However, it can have a tendency to overheat, which can create a problem while using it on your lap or in bed.
- BATTERY LIFE
Battery power is also essential for a laptop. Always try to get a laptop that has a high mah because this will almost certainly mean that your laptop will perform better, and will last longer between charges, which is essential if you plan to use the laptop on the go.
- USB 3.0
For many, a USB 3.0 port is an essential requirement in any laptop, and not having one can be a real pain. If you have a couple of these ports, then it will allow you to secure your laptop’s data by using an external hard-drive. It will also allow you to use an external mouse and other add-ons.
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