Photo by LinkedIn Sales Navigator on Unsplash
The advancement of technology makes the need for a laptop almost a necessity. Depending on your needs, you can get a laptop in all price ranges. When buying a laptop, it is difficult to pinpoint a specific one as being the best and another one as not. There are too many of them to rank.
People also have different uses for their laptops. If unprepared, shopping can be a real headache and chances are you will end up with something you regret later. However, there are general guiding factors when you go shopping for a laptop. This checklist should help you get value for your money:
Easy to move around with
One of the reasons laptops are preferred to desktops is because they are portable and you can do your work on the go. All laptops are portable. Some are, however, very heavy and leave you wishing for a shoulder massage at the end of the day.
If this is your concern, then Ultabooks is your solution. They are lightweight and very slim; you can even fit them into your handbag if it’s big enough.
Photo by Anete Lūsiņa on Unsplash
Quality of the screen and keyboard
Whether you use your laptop for work or leisure, it is a sure thing that you will spending a lot of hours on your screen. Even though you can get anti-glare glasses, find a laptop screen that doesn’t put too much strain on the eye. Avoid glossy screens that reflect back light.
Ensure it also has optimal resolution and excellent viewing angles for a comfortable experience. Even when shopping online where you can’t physically see the screen, try to get as many details as you can.
The keyboard should also be laid out in a comfortable way. If possible, get a keyboard that has back light such that it is easy to use in dim light.
The CPU and RAM
Most laptops are fitted with Intel’s Core-based processors. They range from Intel Core i3 through to i9. If you intend to run complex tasks on your computer, you will need a higher-based CPU. The higher they rank, the better performance they provide.
Bigger RAMs give you room to multitask on your laptop without any hitches. If you are going to run heavy software on your computer, think about 4GB RAM and above.
Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash
Solid State Drives (SSDs) are quickly replacing hard drives because of they are fast and not noisy, while also not adding much to the overall weight of the laptop. They don’t heat up the computer either.
The only downside to SSDs is that they don’t offer many options when it comes to size—they come in either 128 or 256GB sizes. A Bytes Chart will give you insight into the different storage units in a computer.
How long your laptop battery lasts will depend on how and what you use your laptop for. Heavy software and video streaming tend to drain the battery much faster. This means that what your vendor says about how long the battery will last count for little.
However, the battery’s rating (usually in milliamp-hour or Watt-hours) should give you an idea on how good the battery is. The higher the rating is, the longer life the battery has.