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Important tips to consider before buying a laptop



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Whether you are a student or belong to any profession, laptops have been a mandatory part of our life. Smartphones and tablets are popular yet people still prefer laptops over them for a better gaming experience, typing research papers, crunching videos, and many more. Laptops are small, compatible also we can carry them anywhere. Meanwhile, they are very versatile enough to run any programs of our demand. 

There is an impressive range of laptops available in the market. It might be quite confusing to find the best fit laptop for you. So let us help you to settle this issue. In this blog, we will be discussing some important aspects that need to be considered before buying a laptop.

Scale your budget

At first, you need to figure out your budget range. These days we can find useable laptops under 50k. But if you want a higher-performing laptop you should go for laptops ranging over 100k.

Pick a brand

Most people don’t care about the brand of laptop and just focus on the specifications of the laptop. However, we suggest you research the brand of laptop. Because your laptop is as good as your brand is. Also, take into consideration of the customer service your laptop company provides to their customers.

Choose the right size

Before jumping to laptop specifications, decide on how portable you want your laptop to be. Laptops screens are as small as 11 inches to as big as 18 inches display size.

  • 11 to 12 inches- They are thin, light, and weigh around 1.5 kgs.
  • 12 to 14 inches-  They might be the best laptop display range for easy usability and portability.
  • 15 to 16 inches- These sized laptops are popular. However, if you buy laptops with this screen size it might be quite difficult to move around your laptop. 
  • 17 to 18 inches- These laptops are best if you want a good gaming experience. It might be suitable for graphic designing and video purposes too.

Consider the battery life of the laptop

If you are someone who uses a laptop on the desk where the is a power source or an outlet nearby, you don’t need to worry about battery life. However, if you are someone who keeps moving your laptop around and has to travel a lot, you should consider taking a laptop that has a battery backup of an ideal 7-8 hours.

Choose your laptop’s operating system.

Many people skip this, but it is very important to have detailed information about the running platform of the laptop. Each platform has its specialty and the buyers need to understand this before investing a heavy amount in laptops.

We will talk about 3 OS: Mac OS, Windows, and Chrome OS

Mac OS

Mac OS is only for Apple Macbook users. It is somewhat similar to Windows OS.    Instead of Cortona Mac users get Siri. They can unlock their iPhones using Macbook.     Also, they can use different features like Apple pay, safari browsers. Mac OS doesn’t come with a screen touch feature.

Windows OS 

Windows is the most popular operating system. It is very user-friendly, flexible, and easy to understand. Windows 11 is the latest version of Microsoft’s flagship operating system. Windows comes with a little bit of a natural language processing feature. These laptops are best for students, researchers, and workers.

Chrome OS

This might the perfect device to surf the web, check emails and use social networks. These laptops are hard to get infected with malware and have good battery life. They have more functions than a tablet and we can get them at a cheap price.

Specifications 

 This is the most important part while buying a laptop. However, it seems like a difficult task for someone with a non-technical background. Meanwhile, we are going to help you with this issue.

The main components you have to keep an eye on before buying laptops are :

CPU

You have to wisely choose the brain of your device because a processor has a huge influence on your device’s performance. People have a misconception that inexpensive processors are bad. Well obviously expensive processors have higher functions but the cost of a processor has very little consideration when it comes to finding the best fit processor for you. At last, what matters is for what purpose you want a laptop rather than the cost of the processor. 

Rundown to the anatomy of CPU:

  1. Intel 11 Gen CPU: These laptops are supported by a 1st Gen Tiger Lake processor. Tiger Lake is a 1 nanometer improved Iris Xe Graphics Chip with 4Ghz speed and Thunderbolt 4 support. Their parameter includes a minimum of 9 hours of battery life.
  2. Intel Core i9: They are available only on premium laptops or high-end gaming rigs and workstations. They provide a high and faster performance.
  3. Intel Core i7: Their model numbers end at HQ or K and they have four cores. i7 gives faster and better performance. Also, there is an i7 Y series, with slightly low performance and power. The 11th and 10th generations are Intel’s latest, with a mind-blowing performance.
  4. Intel Core i5: i5 is the best combination of price and performance. i7 models ending with U are most common, while the Y series has low performance. Similarly, HQ models use more power to operate. Intel’s latest 11th generation supports better AI, thunderbolt 4 integration, and wifi 6 support.
  5. Intel Core i3: the price is cheap and so is the performance. It is better to step up to i5.
  6. Intel- Xeon: They can be used for professional-grade engineering, 3D modeling, and video editing. They are extremely powerful as well as very expensive too. However, they have poor battery life.
  7. Apple M1:  These are called nearly perfect laptops. They have a custom silicon M1 chip.

RAM

RAM is the volatile memory of your laptop. Laptops come with 4GB RAM but it’s better to go with at least 8GB RAM. If you have a little extra budget you can go for 16 GB or 32GB or 64GB. However, you can costume extend your laptop’s RAM. It will cost you a few bucks extra.

SSD

The storage condition of your laptop is equally important. It’s better to go with SSD over HHD if you can afford it and don’t need a ton of internal storage. Using SSD will triple the speed of your device. NVME SSD offers triple speed as compared to traditional SATA SSD.

Display pixels

if you can afford it go for a plane that runs at 1920 x 1080 also known as HD or 1080p. Higher-end laptops have a 4k display which consumes higher power.

Graphic Screen

An integrated Graphic chip (that shares system memory) or Iris Xe Graphics will be fine if you aren’t doing anything special using your device, But if you have to work on graphics designing, video editing, or gaming then you need a discrete graphics processor from NIVIDA or AMD. AMD is Apple’s choice for the graphics card.

Ports

while buying a laptop you should look for USB 3.0 ports and HDMI out for videos. Having a Type C or Thunderbolt 3 or thunderbolt 4 that are USB Type C compatible would be better. Other useful connections are an Ethernet port(for gamers), headphone jacks, and an SD card slot.

Connectivities

while buying a laptop you should consider a laptop that supports WIFI 6, Bluetooth 5, 4G, or 5G LTE.

 

BONUS:

  • If you want to use your laptop as a tablet you can go for 2 in 1 laptop or 360 laptops.
  • If you are lazy to use a trackpad or mouse, you can simply just buy a screen-touch Laptop.
  • Buy a good ergonomic laptop that has a solid tactile feedback keyboard with 1mm to 2mm key travel and has enough space between keys.
  •  Buy a laptop with an accurate trackpad that doesn’t have a jumpy cursor.
  • The laptop trackpad should be able to detect multi-touch gestures ie pinching to zoom in.

 We hope that the article was useful and guided you in finding the best fit laptop for you. Also, keep following TechSpecsNepal for amazing tech tips. 


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