3 Things To Check Before Emptying Your Wallet For A New Laptop

Buying your own laptop is one of the biggest decisions in your life, especially if it is your first laptop or you are using your own money. Best laptops usually top beyond the thousand dollar mark and it is hard to decide on the proper laptop to a budget you have fixed for yourself. There are things that you need to pay special attention when making your decisions; purpose of buying the laptop, type of laptop, specifications.

There are laptops made customized and specialized for different purposes in life; like gaming, word processing, software or hardware engineering, designing and other things. Usually you can get the help of IT solutions in UAE to fix up a basic laptop you buy or you can get a customized one from the get-go.

1) Your purpose for buying if your motto

Never forget your purpose, no matter how many distractions in the form of beautiful and colorful laptops you see at the shop; whether you are buying because your old one broke, whether you want an extra one for work, or even because you are going to give it someone else. Never stray from the righteous path of your true purpose because those who strayed had to eat ramen for weeks before they could get back up again. Go straight to the section of laptops that is for your budget and specifications or ask an assistant to help you picking the proper one, and keep your eyes in your section.

2) Small or big or bendy

There are new and weird laptops popping up in the market seemingly every week. There are also types of basic portable computer called laptops, notebooks and netbooks. For the basic identification purposes, laptops are portable ones you can sit on your lap and work and the size would be somewhere around 13’ to 17’, notebooks are slightly bigger and powerful and size varies from 15.4’ to 19’ while netbook are the tiny computers that people carry around which are very handy with a size around 7’ to 10’. There are notebooks that are 2-in-1 with the screen coming separate from keyboard to act as a tablet or ones that can be bent or where you can turn the screen around. Depending on your size requirements and budget you can pick whichever; the bendy ones are more expensive.

3) Specifications are important!

Specifications of a laptop basically are the things you should be paying attention to when the shop assistant is talking. Usually a laptop should be based on its memory capacity, process capability, resolution, battery life, CPU, hard drive and such things. The Operating System should be the one you are used to whether Mac or Windows or Linux, but if you want to try a new one IT solutions usually can reformat your computer and install a different OS.

Here is a breakdown of things you must pay attention to when making a decision;

RAM: Memory capacity of a laptop, and the cheapest ones come with a 4GB or gigabyte. Usually the bigger the RAM the more applications and multitasking that you can do on your laptop without slowing down. Gamers usually go for a 16GB RAM so you can make a comparison depending on the number of processes that you usually run on your computer at one time; you rarely need more than 8GB unless you are running seriously memory eating software.

CPU: King of the processor market, Intel, is currently dominating with their Core i-series with Core i3, i5 and i7. Core M is a bit disappointing as it does not have long running time. AMD which is the rival of Intel have its sixth generation of A-series currently in the market and it is usually featured in lower cost laptops and budget laptops.

Hard drive: It can be either the spinning platter (HDD) or solid-state (SSD). Out of these the SSD is the newest type with flash memory and runs quietly. HDD are currently only found in some laptops and it is the traditional type where you can hear the spinning. HDD are large and produces a lot of heat when working but are inexpensive. Capacities on HDD should be around 320GB and on a running speed of more than 5400 rpm. For and SSD there are capacities starting from 256GB but budget laptops have only around 32 or 64GB which will hold nothing other than the Operating System files.

Display: The larger the amount of pixels, the better your screen will be when watching movies or playing games. Sometimes the resolutions have a say in the price of the laptop so try to go for something around 1366×768 pixel resolutions which usually come on most mainstream notebooks.

Ports: The number and types of ports are very important. Some high end laptops have one USB port which severely limits your ability to do much with external plug-ins. Check whether there are ports for your camera memory card plug in, whether there is an HDMI for your TV plug-in, and an Ethernet port for emergencies.

It is hard to choose a laptop today due to the many variations and brands that produce them. Do not always live on the shop assistant’s word for a best laptop and try researching online and read reviews to short list a couple of laptops you want to try at the shop.

Comments are closed.