Laptop Buying Guide

10/06/2020
by ElectronicsCrazy Team

Laptops are arguably the most versatile technology after a smartphone and are capable of running demanding application. They are in-demand year-round and are available to buy from so many brands on the market, with each one coming with new models and better specifications which puts them in constant competition. It is the best tool for combining work and plays whether the owner is a student or a professional. Everything from a research paper, to watching a movie or finishing a complicated engineering project, everything can be done through the many laptop applications.

What to look for in a Laptop

There are multiple sizes, features available in the laptops all at varying prices with different websites coming up with their lists of what are the best laptops on the market. The thing to remember when laptops, phones or other technology is concerned that it comes down to preference and the needs of the person looking to purchase it.

Choosing a Platform

Whether those interested to purchase a new laptop are windows or Mac users or are open to trying something different from what they previously had. Numerous platforms can be chosen and they all have their benefits and drawbacks. The operating system is the biggest consideration while getting a new laptop.

Mac OS

Mac is the intellectual property of Apple and as such, it is the only company in the world offering the MacBook. It follows the standard of other Apple products. They are user friendly and since they come from the company itself, finding a support network to resolve any possible issue is not difficult. Even though the rigid design of Apple products means less flexibility in the product it is often overlooked in the favour of not having to learn to use a new laptop all over making it user-friendly.

Windows

PCs are a large category with diverse options available with the prices depends on how many specifications it offers. PC manufacturers number in the dozens and offer different quality as per the brand. They are sometimes tailored for specific reasons such as gaming and business with some brands producing PCs with performance surpassing that of the Mac. PCs have windows operating system and come in several shapes and sizes. The standard design of clamshell with keyboard and mouse is easily accessible. Those looking can find plenty of laptops to choose from. The biggest brands offering the windows operating system are Lenovo, Dell, Acer and HP.

Chrome OS

The Chrome OS was introduced by Google and was founded on its Chromebooks. This operating software is more limited than Mac OS and windows. The interface has a similar look to windows with its desktop, application menu and because it lets the user drag the windows around. The limitation it faces is that its web-app become useless offline. However, it is good for school children because it is more difficult to infect with malware and is an improved version of its tablet.


Choosing the Right Size

The portability of the laptop is dependent on its size. All laptops are portable however to what degree differs because of its size. They are categorized based on display sizes.

  • 11 to 12 Inches: This is the smallest size in a laptop that can be bought and weighs around 2.5 to 3.5 pound.
  • 13 to 14 Inches: It is also a lightweight laptop with the most optimal balance between portability and usability.
  • 15 to 16 Inches: This is the most in-demand size of a laptop and as such companies base a majority of their laptops in this size.
  • 17 to 18 Inches: A heavier model to haul around this is the right size for those looking for a higher rate of usability than portability.


Deciding on the Specs

Deciding on the operating system and size is relatively easy when compared to the specs. Most companies will advertise a long list of specs which may confuse even the aficionados. The main components to consider when purchasing a laptop are:

CPU

CPU is the brain of the computer and the processor will have a substantial influence on the performance of the computer. There are several processors available on the market such as i5, i7 and others.

RAM

A standard laptop these days comes with 4GB RAM but there is also 8GB and 16GB RAM available at good prices. Power users and those building large gaming systems go up to 32GB and 64GB RAMs as well.

Storage

Storage of the OS is just as important as its CPU. For those that do not require a large amount of storage and can afford it should look into buying a laptop with Solid State Drive (SSD) instead of a hard drive.

Display

The display will be sharper when there are more pixels which will also fit more pixels on the screen.

Graphic Cards

An integrated graphics card is sufficient unless it is needed for gaming, high-resolution video editing and other applications otherwise NVIDIA or AMD processors are essential.




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