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7 Important Factors to Consider When Buying a New Laptop

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Is it your turn to purchase a new laptop? Do you know where we can find a good deal on a new laptop? I think it would be very difficult for a lay person to filter out what is important, and what is more-or-less just a gimmick, with so many devices available on the market no matter what time of year it is.

Here, we’ll walk you through seven important factors to think about when choosing a laptop for your home or office.

1. Size

Laptops are one of the most useful electronic devices you can use and they can easily fit into laptop bags and be taken everywhere with you. For those who are concerned with the portability of their laptops, you should try to find ones with a smaller screen size and thin, lightweight designs. It is not uncommon for ultrabooks to be marketed as these types of laptops, so be sure to watch out for that phrase.

Or, to be more specific, select a device that has a screen size between 12 inches and 13.3 inches, and weighs less than 1.5 pounds.

2. RAM

There is an important role for RAM (random access memory) in the performance of a computer, especially if you perform many tasks on your laptop at one time – for example, editing photos, writing documents, and browsing the web all at the same time. RAM, or Random Access Memory, helps you to access data faster on your laptop, and it also allows you to run more applications simultaneously if you have more RAM. There is a minimum requirement of 4GB of RAM for a computer. Look for a motherboard with at least 8GB of RAM if you will be using a lot of high-performance software.

3. Screen Quality

It’s probably true that most of us will spend a good deal of time staring at our laptop screens every single day. Hence, you want to make sure that you choose a laptop that has an easy to see screen. Screens with a glossy finish tend to reflect light which is why you should take that into account. Lastly, you need to note that touch screen laptops will most likely have a glossy screen. Therefore, consider the pros and cons of each.

The screen resolution of your laptop can also be an important consideration based on how you plan to use it. An HD screen has a resolution of 1920×1080. As a result, your window will have a very high resolution and there will be plenty of space for you to see what’s inside.

Lastly, when it comes to exploring laptop screen options, it’s a good idea to head into a computer store and check them out in person. Tech specs don’t always give a clear idea of the actual user experience.

4. Battery Life

Even if your main concern is portability (even if it means carrying your laptop from the desk to your bed! ), battery life should be considered if this is an important factor to you. There is often a great deal of variability between the battery life of a laptop and what it says on the box. The battery life depends largely on things like screen brightness, the type of programs that you use, and the kind of work you do.

When you purchase a battery, it is important to look at the Watt-hours (Wh) or milliamp-hours (mAh) rating, rather than the number of hours the manufacturer quotes. There is a direct correlation between the size of the battery and its lifespan.

5. CPU

Imagine the processor (central processing unit) on your laptop as the heart of the machine. Intel’s range of CPUs, based on the Core architecture, is some of the best you will find if you’re searching for a CPU. There is a good possibility that the new laptops will contain a Core i3, i5, or i7 processor.

  • You will find Core i3 in entry-level laptops.
  • You will find Core i5 in the majority of mid-range laptops.
  • There are a number of laptops that are equipped with Core i7 processors. In spite of offering the best performance, the Core i7 can cause the bottom of the device to radiate quite a bit of heat.  

6. Storage

You must consider not only how much storage you need, but also what type of storage you will need. The hard disk drive was a popular choice in the old days. Hard drives have become less popular as laptops become slimmer, lighter. Solid state drives are much faster, quieter, and more expensive than traditional hard drives.

In case you are still unsure as to whether you should go for a solid-state drive or a hard disk drive, check out Hard Disk Drive vs Solid State Drive: What Is the Difference? Starting here is a good idea.

7. USB 3.0 Ports

For users who want to connect and use peripheral devices, like external hard drives, mice, and keyboards, USB 3.0 ports are essential. Apple’s new MacBook Pros are among the devices that lack USB 3.0 ports. This is something you should keep in mind before you buy.

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