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Points to remember while buying a laptop

Buying a laptop

After reading the title of the post you’ll know well about what I am going to tell you in today’s post.

Yes, I am going to tell you about a  few points which we need to check before buying a laptop.

Well, in today’s time laptop is not a new thing to buy. Most people have laptops for their office or personal use.

But while buying a laptop we should consider some points in mind, so that we won’t regret later as per our requirement.

Different people have different requirements while buying a laptop, some are buying for official purpose, some are buying for personal use and there are some people like me who are just buying it for blogging purpose. 😀

Well, I will try to cover most of the points while buying a laptop so that you will get the best one while buying a laptop as per the requirement.

Let me tell you this post is not answerable when you are searching for “Which laptop you should buy” but this post is definitely going to set criteria of what you should look before buying any laptop irrespective of your requirement and/or budget you have set.

Let’s get more into details for the post so that you will get a clear idea…

Buying a laptop
Buying a laptop

 

Size of the Laptop

So, this is the first point which you need to take care while going to buy a laptop.

This completely depends on the use of your laptop you are looking to buy, make sure to buy the right size of a laptop. Since you cannot upgrade the size of your laptop so choose wisely.

Sizes of a laptop vary from 11.6-inches to 17.3 inches. Most of the brands are generally selling laptops with display sizes like 13.3-inch, 15.6-inch, and 17.3-inches, and some of the other vendors do sell laptops outside these sizes including 11.6-inches, 12.5-inches, and 14-inches. As per your priority and choices you can choose smaller sized laptops.

Small Sized laptops are thinner and lighter, laptops which are 12.5-inches or 13.3-inches in size weighs between 1kg and 1.5kgs.

11 to 12 inches: The thinnest and lightest systems, typically weigh 1 -2 kgs

13 to 14 inches: Best balance of portability and usability, weighs less than 2kg.

15 inches: The most popular size, weigh 2-3 kgs.

17 to 18 inches: Such a system you can buy when you need to play high-end games or do workstation-level productivity.

Weight Matters

If you are buying a laptop for home purpose and you will only going to use it for one place only then anything is fine, but if you want to carry a laptop for work then the lighter laptop is preferable. And you can accordingly check them if you have kept the above point in mind.

Laptop’s Screen Quality

Just like Size matters the quality of the screen is important as well. Because you probably end up to looking your screen for hours so it should be eye-friendly and comfortably to look and use.

You can check for touch screen and these days touch screen are very much common to use make some tasks easier. Make sure your screen has better reflection quality so it makes less harm to your eyes. For gaming, watching content or editing images and video content, you might opt for a laptop that doesn’t have a touch screen. For HD view a 1920×1080-pixel resolution (Full HD) is preferable. 17 to 18 inches: Such a system you can buy when you need to play high-end games or do workstation-

Choose the right RAM

RAM is one of the most important points while buying a laptop, for normal use 8 GB RAM is fine but if you want to take decent experience then 16 GB RAM is recommended.

If you are going to buy a laptop for Graphic Designing like Photo or video editing then I will suggest you upgrade it to 32 GB RAM for a better experience. RAM can always be upgraded so for start you can go with 4 GB RAM.

RAM is generally used to upgrade the quality of your laptop, as it allows us to run more applications smoothly. You can access more data and without any problem.

Best “QWERTY” Keys

Keyboard, another main feature which we need to look while buying a laptop is a keyboard. Since you are going to type for your official or personal use your keys should be friendly enough for your fingers. There should be proper space in between keys like Arrow Keys and Enter key along with the shift key so that this will be a comfortable experience for you.

A Full Sized keyboard is preferable. Just like the screen, same goes with a keyboard these two are the important factors which you need to check very closely.

For storing my files

To keep your files store you should be having enough space in your laptop so that you don’t need to buy a portable hard disk along with it.

Nowadays a solid state drive (SSD), has a lot more speed than a hard drive and it runs silently which can be installed in a form factor which doesn’t add too much to the weight and bulk of a laptop and the that’s why the SSD storage is using as the standard for laptops. For new laptops stick to SSD and this will not go to affect your speed as well and access your data easily and boost your system.

The only problem is that SSDs is more expensive in terms of dollars-to-gigabytes than traditional hard drives.  You’ll be stuck with a drive that’s 128 GB, 256GB or 512GB in size, but costs a lot more than one with a 1TB or 2TB hard drive would. So, I will prefer to search better and think more about this while looking for a laptop.

The age of Laptop

Another important point which you need to remember while buying a laptop is Battery Life. There are many factors include while we check the battery and this completely depends on how and what is the use of a laptop.

There is the screen brightness, the screen resolution, the operating system which is running on our laptop, the number of apps you have running in the background and whether or not you actively remain connected to Wi-Fi networks or Bluetooth devices. Battery Manufacturers always quoted that battery life is almost never indicative of what the real-world experience of using a laptop is like.

If you are doing a lot of editing work, lots of games are playing, streaming online videos day and night then the battery will drain fast. A wireless network is connected and you are sharing files via Bluetooth then things will be even worse.

Well, from my point of view above I have mentioned some points which you should consider while buying a laptop and apart from this you have to check your budget as well and in that try to balance all the features with your requirement. I believe you will be able to choose the best laptop among the rest.

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Do let me know If you found this post useful.

You can check some other Laptops too as per your budget…

Best laptop under budget for students

Do comment below and let me know if you are able to find the best laptop as per your expectations while keeping in mind the above points.

Share some more tips/ points if I am lacking somewhere and let me know which point works best for you.

Connect me on the comment section and other social media platforms and let me know which laptop you are using and feature you like the most about your laptop while working.

Share some more insights about the laptop buying points and which laptop are you currently using for your work.

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Ankit
Ankit
1 year ago

One more thing that is ur budget.. ?

Ballu
Ballu
1 year ago

Few points/suggestions :
1. You have covered the most important aspect, “usage”, in different points. I believe usage itself is the biggest point to consider. So it would have been better to make that as the first point and then show the dependency.
2. OS requirement – If you are going with windows OS, then you have to pay extra money for that. On the other hand, open source OS’es are free. Thus costs less. For development purposes, most of the programmers uses Linux platform.
3. Hardware compatibility – It is always good to go with the latest technology. For example – IEEE 802.11b WLAN hardware supports only 2.4GHz WiFi while 802.11an supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi. Thus later version can support higher rate of transfer of data and hence better.
There are many such hardware compatibility need to be checked while going for the best option like USB port support, Number of USB ports, HDMI support, type-C charging support, wireless display etc. and so on.
4. You have mentioned weight unit of laptop as pound. I think it will be better if you convert it to Indian standards (in kg. or grams). Don’t simply copy and paste your research.
There are many other aspects should be taken care while looking for a laptop. But ultimately everything boils down to cost.

Anyway nicely done. Keep writing.. 🙂

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