Laptop Buying Guide

Looking for the right laptop, but you don’t know which one to choose? Laptops are a must-have whether it’s for working, traveling, studying or entertainment. Our laptop buying guide will show you how to pick the perfect laptop that will fit you based on its different features.

How to choose your Operating System?

The first step is to choose which Operating System you want running on your computer. The Operating System (or OS) is the basic software the machine runs on. It’s a program that controls the use of your laptop’s capacities. All the other applications you can use (web browser, favorite video games, word processors …) require the OS to function.

This guide will show you the global features of each OS.

Windows 8

· Most famous and widely used
· Excellent compatibility with other applications
· User interface adapted for touch-screen and can be customized

Mac OS

· Available on all Apple products (Macbooks, iMac)
· Ergonomic and great interface
· iCloud enables you to sync all your data between iPhone, iPad and Macbook
· OS more secure
· Limited choice of applications (especially games)

Chrome OS

· Only available on Chromebooks
· Most data stored online (Cloud based)
· Great for travel and checking emails
· Limited offline capabilities

Linux OS:

· Good compatibility with other applications
· Stable
· Leading OS on servers
· Free

How to choose the right processor?

The processor (also known as CPU: Central Processing Unit), is a piece of hardware that processes the basic instructions that drive the applications, software and programs on your computer. A powerful processor can easily multitask and run large programs or files.
Each processor can have multiple cores. The more cores it has the easier it will execute multiple tasks (a 8 cores processor can handle a large number of programs compared to a dual-core).
There are two main brands for multi-core processors: Intel (Celeron, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 and Pentium) and AMD processors (E-series, A4, A6, A8 and A10).

Entry Level Processors

If you are simply looking to browse the web, use social medias, or create basic spreadsheets we recommend you to choose a laptop powered by Intel Celeron or Pentium, or AMD E-Series and A4.

Mid-range Processors

In case you mainly want to use your laptop for business tasks, playing video games, sharing pictures with your family, you might want to go for an Intel Core i3 or i5, or even AMD A8.

High End Processors

If you are looking for a more powerful tool, for business multitask, hardcore gaming or watching and making HD movies, you should go for a laptop powered by Intel Core i7 or a AMD A10.

Choose you Screen Size:


Choose the screen size that will fit your needs. Laptops can be used for different purposes: working, travelling, we browsing, watching movies or play video games. Depending on your needs, you have to pick the right screen size. Screen size is closely linked to weight and battery life.


Ultraportable: 13 inch or less


. Slim, lightweight, perfect for moving around
. Long battery life
. Perfect fit for students


Mid-size Laptops: 13-14 inches


. Family and home use
. Perfect for watching movies


Large sized laptops: 15 inches and above


. Perfect for watching HD movies
. Best fit for hard-core gamers and graphic designers


New trend: From Classic to Hybrid laptops


New types of laptops are invading the market: Convertibles and Detachables or also known as 2-in-1 laptops. They enable the user to go from laptop to tablet in a second. Use it as a laptop for daily work tasks and switch to tablet when moving around.

Convertibles Laptops


Convertibles laptops have a non-detachable keyboard, but benefit from a touch-screen and the ability to turn and fold the screen until it lies flat against the keyboard (360°).

Detachables Laptops


Keyboard can be separated from the screen which enables the user to use it as a Tablet when needed. This portability make these laptops ideal for frequent travelers who are looking for a more powerful mobile device.

RAM


Random Access Memory (RAM) is an important piece of hardware; it enables data to be stored temporarily. RAM plays a key-role in multitasking performance; programs, web pages and files load faster when you have a large amount of RAM available (Scaled in GB)


Storage


Hard Disk are where all data and files are stored; their capacity ranges from 32GB to 2TB.

If you plan on saving a lot of multimedia files, you might want to go with a large capacity hard disk.

Note: A 500GB hard disk can store up to 160,000 photos, 1 year of music, 250 hours of DVDs, or 62 hours of HD videos.


HDD or SSD
Difference between Hard Disk Drive (HDD) and Solid State Drive (SSD)





Even though SSD still have a higher price/gigabyte compared to HDD, SSDs offers a lot more advantages and are costs savings in the long run for businesses with lower energy usage and greater productivity.