Five simple tips to choose a laptop
Buying a laptop may sound innocent act of buying, but unfortunately, it is not. There are number of things to consider while choosing a laptop depending on what you intend to do with it. With market being flooded with numerous brands like Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Sony, Samsung, Acer, Asus and others, which may influence buying, but it complicates the selection process.
Below are few simple tips to choose a laptop
When you decide to buy a laptop, first thing to consider is the budget. Once you have decided on the budget, wade through several web-sites and retail stores offering laptops in that price range. Buying online may be smart thing to do as the savings are passed on to the consumers by not having to maintain glitzy stores. Whether it’s for mundane home use or small business, basic entry level laptops priced in the range of Rs. 20,000-30,000 will do wonders. For, travelling professionals, a laptop priced within Rs. 30,000-50,000 will provide all basic requirements. For those looking for desktop replacements, especially gamers and video editors, laptops are expensive taking into account the robustness and usability.
A processor will determine the performance of the laptop while running applications and multi tasking. A clock speed of 2GHz or more should be ideal for everyday computing involving applications, internet, movies and music, armed with a decent RAM, say 4GB. Always make it a point to buy the laptop with more RAM than to upgrade at later stage, which at times may be a little bit of hassle. Most of the laptops run on Intel processors with choice of different cores meant for specific user groups. AMD’s processors are more affordable than Intel and laptop using them, costs relatively less. Even though performance is fairly sluggish when compared to Intel; they’ll suffice for basic needs.
If you are a professional on the move, a good battery backup keeps laptop alive and a little extra power will be a huge bonus. What is the ideal battery backup then? Well it depends on the type of usage. If you are among the people, who apart from working on a laptop prefer to watch a movie, listen to music; surf on the internet – all on the move, then long battery backup will be essential. On an average for good basic laptop which is reasonably priced, a single charge gives a life of 3.5 hours. There are laptops which can provide battery backup up to fourteen hours, but these are very expensive. Most people will be able to get by with a mid-range model that provides six or seven hours.
If you are on the move, carrying a laptop should not be a burden and must be light weight. Laptops having screen sizes of 10 or 12 inches are compact and they don’t feature optical drives, ports and large hard disks most of the time making them light weight. These laptops are generally expensive and have fair battery backup. For home users, with screen sizes of 14 to 15 inches, gives roomier keyboards for longer computing sessions. These feature extra ports, drives, good ventilation and are generally heavier than ultraportable laptops. Lastly, if you are looking at the desktop replacement laptops, the screen sizes are usually 15 to 17 inches. These are not for people on the go and weigh approximately six kgs. They can accommodate a wide range of performance parts, however, and are just right for power users of all kinds.
Now that you have a specific laptop in mind chosen based on the above tips, there are some additional features to look for before buying. These features may come bundled with the laptop for the same price or by paying little extra money. A basic requirement for a laptop is connection with external device or interface. Make sure you have Bluetooth, WI-FI capability, VGA ports, HDMI and LAN ports. For chatting, it’s mandatory to have a decent camera with microphone. A good storage capacity coupled with good graphics card forms a crux for the people who like to store data and are game enthusiast. Lastly, a laptop should be easily upgradeable for any additional device which you would like to add to the laptop at later stage.