Laptop Buying Guide

Say goodbye to old desktop PC’s. Investing in laptops is more recommended during this time when almost everything should be done on the go. Fortunately, there are more laptop choices nowadays that meet every need and budget. Below is our easy and straightforward guide to buying your new laptop.

The Purpose

All of us purchase laptops or any other gadgets for that matter, for a wide range of reasons. If you are a business person, or a student who needs to work a lot on docs, presentations, or spreadsheets, then you need a laptop which has a good keyboard. You don’t necessarily need the highest end of specs for this purpose, so they may come secondary.

On the other hand, if you’re an avid gamer, or a graphic designer, then it’s a different story. You want to buy something that has the fastest processor and the highest screen resolution as possible. At the end of the day, you just have to buy something that you need.

The Look and Feel

Like your mobile phone, your laptop is an extension of your personality, and it pays to own something that you really adore, even if it ends up just sitting around your living room most of the time. You don’t have to bring it around everywhere to realise that you want something that suits your personal taste.

Most of the time, what’s inside every laptop is just the same. So why not consider the outside appearance as the major aspect to break the tie? If you have the cash to spend, consider splurging on the Apple Macbook or the Macbook Air. The build and design quality is premium, so you are looking into three to five years of contented use.

The Specs

Processor

You will find that the most affordable laptops pack Celeron or AMD E Series processors. While these are efficient for basic computing needs, these CPUs won’t be able to handle more demanding tasks such as gaming and video/photo editing with ease. If you’re expecting to perform heavy tasks with your new device, aim for the latest Corei7 system, ideally one with a quad-core chip. Even if you’re not a creative professional or a power gamer, aim for at least a Corei5 or Corei3.

Memory

Nowadays, you can easily find notebooks, and even some netbooks backed up by 4GB of RAM, so be sure not to settle for anything less. If you’re the type who multitasks a lot or launches a lot of apps, it pays to aim for something that is expandable up to 8GB.

Storage

If you’re a storage hog, you’d definitely want a system with at least 500GB capacity. However, today you’d discover that it’s more important for drives to be fast rather than huge. Nowadays, SSD’s are more recommended than HDD’s, but they are pricier and have lower capacity. Still, you can always purchase external storages if you find out that you need more. Meanwhile, if SSD is out of budget or if you’re purchasing a second-hand laptop, opt for a hard drive with 7,200rpm.

Display

Laptop screens may come in different sizes. Devices having 11 to 12-inch screens are obviously the smallest, lightest, and most portable. Unfortunately, the keyboards may feel cramped, and you might not get the best screen size for watching.

Laptops having 13 to 14-inch screens usually offer the best of both worlds when it comes to comfort and functionality. You can still get a great watching or gaming experience, and type on the keyboards with ease. They also come in comfortable size and weight for you to carry around.

Meanwhile, 15-inch laptops are generally the cheapest. But since many of these models also come with optical drives, they can be heavy. These laptops are ideal if you don’t plan on carrying your device often.
Lastly, 17 to 18-inch laptops offer the biggest screen size, largest storage, largest keyboard estate, and the most powerful processor for heavy-duty tasks. These laptops are ideal to be left on your home or office desk.
The Price
Lastly, you don’t want to forget about the budget you have to set on your new laptop. Though you want to get the best out of it as possible, overbuying is just as unwise as underbuying. Be sure to know what you want to do, and what you want from your new laptop to get everything right down to the smallest specification.