Buying a laptop is no longer a straightforward affair. Well, has it ever been? Anyway, many options exist and it can be confusing. Most of the time, we rely on the sales guy to help us out and still feel a bit uneasy and indecisive. To avoid such an experience here is a simple 7 point guide on what to look for the next time you go hunting for a laptop.
1. Consider Your Needs
What do you plan to do with the laptop? Gaming, documentation, slide presentations, graphic design…your need, together with the points below will determine your choice.
2. Processor Power
Intel has one of the best processors in the market. They provide great performance in multitasking and multimedia.
For starters, Intel Core i3-based laptops are your best choice. These laptops are best for everyday use such as email, internet and daily productivity tasks and also good for listening to music.
For greater power, consider Intel Core i5. They are much faster and handle more workload thrown at them with ease. They are powerful enough multitasking so you can stream a live football game while looking up photos on Facebook and sending emails.
For great performance, Intel Core i7-based systems are your best bet. Gamers, character designers, illustrators, photographers, video editors and other creatives, will find this type of processor a great companion. It excels at serious multitasking and high-demand multimedia tasks such as 3D and high definition projects.
Lastly, for the ultimate performance go for Core X-Series. This is Intel’s ultimate processor for gaming and virtual reality experiences. It is well suited for production and editing of 4K videos, 360° videos, high-resolution photos and high-quality audio.
Simply put, the more RAM you have the more applications you can run at the same time without your laptop crushing or experiencing a brain freeze! 4GB and above is a great choice.
Portability is a key element if you plan to move around a lot with your laptop. Screen sizes of 12.5-13.3 inches in size, and a weight that is from 1-1.5kg are usually light weight and are the most suitable to carry around with ease.
5. Screen Quality
You will be spending hours staring at your laptop and so it’s important to get something that is comfortable for your eyes. Most glossy screens such as those found on touch screens can irritate the eyes due to reflections and thus you should leave them out if touch is not a must have feature.
6. Screen Resolution
Consider a 1920×1080-pixel resolution. This is also known as Full HD. It offers plenty of room to arrange your windows and icons and keeps things in perfect view. In addition, consider the viewing angles. A laptop screen with IPS (in-plane switching) technology offers the widest viewing angles and the best user comfort.
7. Keyboard Quality
A clearly legible keyboard is essential for ease of use. Squished numbers and letters can be annoying and slow you down during typing. Find a keyboard with good sized legible keys and if you can, a backlit keyboard to help light the keys in a dim environment.
Now you have a good foundation and a head start on what to look out for the next time you go shopping for a laptop. Armed with these points you will surely find your perfect fit with so much ease.