Laptop popularity and usage continues to increase over the years. People find such devices quite convenient, especially since you can use them for work, entertainment and school-related activities while carrying them around with you wherever you go. 

Each year, laptops become better and more efficient while also gaining significant improvements regarding the design. With that in mind, here are a few tips on how to choose the best laptop for your needs. 

Consider your budget

When it comes to price range, laptops don’t always come cheap. The less it costs, the less it can do performance-wise. Therefore, be prepared to allocate enough funds if you want a reliable laptop. 

Prices may vary based on the device itself. The netbook laptop type is the cheapest in general while gaming laptops can cost several thousand dollars based on the model and the configuration.

Consider the Operating System (OS)

There are three major operating systems you can find on a laptop and those are Windows, Macintosh and Linux. Windows can be found on various laptops while Mac is exclusive to Apple devices. As for Linux, you can install that OS on any Windows device if you need to and it’s completely free. 

How to choose which OS to opt for? Well, if you want to play modern games, Windows is the OS to go. Mac is suitable for work-related tasks while Linux is preferred by programmers who like to experiment with the system itself. 

Consider the size

Long past are the days where laptops were bulky and heavy enough to probably cause serious spinal damage from carrying them around too much. Nowadays, laptops are slick and light which makes the portability that much seamless. 

When opting for a laptop, size is the factor you should strongly consider. Laptop size is measured in screen size. The bigger the screen, the larger the overall device is and heavier, as well. Laptops range from 11-inch to 18-inch monitors with 15-inch being the ideal model size for everyday use.

Consider the keyboard and touchpad 

A high-performance laptop doesn’t mean much without suitable components, such as a keyboard and of course, a touchpad. If you need a separate keyboard and mouse to use your laptop, you might as well go for a desktop instead. 

The fact of the matter is that a lot of laptop models lack in efficiency of such components and you need reliable ergonomics when working on a laptop. In other words, you must inspect the keyboard and touchpad before you make a purchase. If the built-in periphery isn’t up to the task, don’t hesitate to choose a different model. 

Consider the configuration

The most important factor that needs to be considered is laptop configuration or specs. How reliable your laptop will be or how well it will perform depends on the specs. The more powerful your laptop is, the more it will cost you. That’s why it’s important to find the best quality-price ratio device for your needs. Here are a few things you should consider regarding the specs.

  • CPU – Intel or AMD, either one is fine as long as the processor itself is powerful enough. Anything below a quad-core with at least 2.5GHz is considered too slow for conventional purposes.
  • GPU – Most of the laptops come with either Intel or AMD integrated graphics card. If you want a dedicated GPU, such as Nvidia or Radeon, your laptop price may go up based on the GPU’s performance.
  • RAM – Anything with 4GB of working memory (RAM) or lower is simply too slow for today’s demands.
  • Other components – Storage space, available ports and screen resolution are other relevant factors that should be considered. Storage depends on your needs but you can decide between good-old HDD (Hard Disc Drive) or the newest SSD (Solid State Drive). 

Consider the battery life

Any portable or mobile device these days has skimpy battery life. Most people never unplug their laptops from the charger when used at home. 

However, if you plan on carrying your laptop around and actually using it on the go, you should look for a model that ensures at least eight hours of battery life before you have to plug it in again. 

Consider the brand

Laptops come in all shapes and sizes. What’s more, there are various manufacturers who provide you with specific laptop models and configurations. 

Aside from Apple which is its own separate classification, you can opt for brands, such as Acer, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Dell and many more. Everyone offers something unique so take your time before you make a decision. 

Picking the right laptop for your needs isn’t easy. There are a lot of factors to be considered before you make a purchase or you may make a mistake and waste your budget entirely. Therefore, don’t rush and consider all the possibilities before you make the decision.

Author bio: Bily Bum is an electrical engineer, tech, and gaming fan with 15 years of experience in the technology world.

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