How to buy a Laptop
Buying a laptop is not considered the easiest task to do, but here are some tips that might help you choose the right laptop for you.
There are there types of Laptops:
And in order to choose the one that suits you have to know what you need and the abilities of each type.
Netbooks:They are considered the smallest in the laptop family and they consume the least power. They are perfect for those who don’t work on laptops for a long time. Netbooks usually consume less power so they are perfect for those who need to take their work with them on the go. They are perfect for taking notes in classes and web surfing on trips or in cafés.
Ultrabooks: They are characterized by their slim size and portability. What makes them perfect to take everywhere is that they have long battery life without sacrificing the power of the processor. Some of the latest Ultrabooks in the market have the ability to be converted to tablets and some of them also support touchscreen. If you want to have a basic laptop that you can use everywhere with no worry about the battery all you have to do is to buy an Ultrabook.
Notebooks: They have different sizes, shapes and capabilities. This lead to having different prices depending on their internal capabilities and specifications. They are the most versatile type in the world of laptops.
There are two popular operating systems; Microsoft's Windows and Apple's Mac OS.
Windows is the oldest and most trusted operating system, many people use it on their laptops and PCs and they are satisfied with the performance. The most recent version of Windows is Windows 8. that is designed mostly for tablets. It has a tablet like interface and also it supports many touch screen capabilities.
Mac OS offers speed, performance and fast access to all your folders and files. However, it is only designed for Apple Mac devices. The Mac OS interface is perefect when it comes to user experience, still it takes some time to get used to specially if you are used to Microsoft OS. Also the iCloud service supported by Mac OS is great for storing files.
Here are some factors that might help you decide.
- Fewer maintenance tasks and less chances of viruses risks
- Many commercial applications for simpler interface
- Compatible with all Apple Mac devices: Mac Air, MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac and Mac Pro
- Fewer security issues
- You can customize it easily and choose the best interface for you
- Supports powerful hardware
- You will face no software problems as it has all the available software you want
- Great for music production
- Most popular operating system in the world
Processors are what give the laptop the power to preform so you have to choose a processor that suits your work needs. For example if you need the laptop for light or moderate web surfing, working on Microsoft Office or reading then the Intel Core i3 processors are perfect for you. And if you are a graphic designer or you need to edit videos or just if you love to play hard core games you will need a more powerful processor such as Intel Core i5 or i7 processors to handle heavy duty work.
RAM is a shortcut for Random Access memory. It indicates the amount of memory that the laptop uses when running programs. So you need to have a large RAM, to speed up your laptop performance. Most laptops nowadays have 4GB RAM which is perfect for moderate usage. On the other hand, if you want to have a powerful laptop for gaming and video editing you should increase your RAM.
Screen size is very important when deciding which laptop to buy. You should know that laptops which have large screen consume more power also it would make your laptop heavier. However, larger screens are better for your eyes so if you work for many hours on your laptop you should buy a large or at least medium screen.
- 11” to 13”: portable and light weight perfect for business men on the go. However, they may cause eye fatigue if used for a long time.
- 14'' to 16”: they are the most common screen sizes and perfect for moderate or slightly heavy use. Also they are considered portable and easy to take anywhere.
- 17” and larger: They are powerful and heavy and they are not portable at all as they are considered a desktop replacement and they are great for gaming or other heavy duty tasks.
Every laptop has an integrated Graphic card, so if you are not playing powerful games or constantly using image editing software like Adobe Photoshop then this graphic card should be sufficient for you. However, if you are a designer or a gamer then you would need a powerful dedicated graphics card from NVIDIA or AMD.
Your laptop must has a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, especially for smaller laptops such as Netbooks and Ultrabooks. That is because they are specially designed for portability and connectivity. Wi-Fi is for the internet and Bluetooth for the Bluetooth enabled accessories as well as sharing files with other devices.
There are two types of hard drives Sata and SSD (Solid State Drive), and they are cosnidred the most common types also you can expand them easily if you needed more space. There is also Optical Disk Drive that are equipped in laptops starting from 14” or more. These kinds of optical drives are used to install new software and operating systems.
you should also consider the number of ports you need in your laptops. These are, VGA, HDMI, USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and SD card Slot. The VGA and HDMI ports allow you to connect your laptop to a screen or a projector to enjoy watching your favorite movies on bigger screens. And the USB 2.0, USB 3.0 are perfect for connecting many laptop accessories such as; mouse devices, keyboards, and web cams.
How to make a decision
The factors mentioned above don’t mean a thing if you don’t know exactly what you want. So you should know your allocated budget and what you will use the laptop for. In addition, you should check various brands such as; Apple, Sony, Dell, Toshiba, Samsung, Asus, Lenovo, Acer and HP, then you should compare them in terms of price and specs in order to get the perfect one.