What should you look for in a new laptop? The first thing you must do before purchasing a laptop is to determine your purpose of later use. With a laptop, answering these following questions is more important than searching for a trending one that can not be suitable for you or your job at all:
1. What do I need it for? Studying? Office? Designing? Gaming?
There are many types of laptop designed and produced especially for each of the fields of work and range of pricing nowadays. You need to make a decision on what your purpose is purchasing a new laptop so that you can efficiently choose yourself the best one and eventually save your money from that.
2. What tools/applications will I need for my work?
It closely depends on your field of work, while a normal office worker will just need to use the office applications such as Microsoft Office, Open Office, Notes or simply just Google Drive on Google, which is included in most of the computers. Specialists who work in particular work involving using heavy applications/tools such as engineers, designers, architects, software developers, coders, etc, will need to consider a much more better equipped laptop with heavy applications like designing, coding, video making, sketching tools.
3. Will I have to move my laptop around a lot or will I need it in one place more often?
Ostensibly, it looks like this question only mentions the size and weight of the laptop you will buy, but actually, it also relates to the price of the computer. While a thin, light and easy to take away laptop is definitely suitable for people who have to carry their laptop around often such as business men, presenters, freelancers, etc, it can also cost you much less money choosing between a 13 inches and 16 inches laptop.
4. What is my budget?
Stay away from all the unuseful features such as keyboard backlit, bigger screen size, touchscreen, more vibrant color options... when you know you are only going to use them once in a while you don’t have a budget for them. Trust me, you don’t need them.
If you are not going to buy a new laptop for particular tasks such as designing, programming, gaming, video editing, etc, then you must look for a laptop that is the most suitable with you and your work following all the below factors:
Operating system (OS)
As I already mentioned above, you should choose a laptop with the operating system that can support your applications. However, you must also use one that you are similar with. Each OS has its own advantages. MacOS is designed only for Macbook users, it has great security policies and other cool features. Also, Macbooks cost slightly more than other computers. On the other hand, Windows OS runs on more laptop models than Chrome OS or Mac OS and is usually cheaper, allowing laptop users to access to more useful applications and features on computers.
With many people, when it comes to multitasking and multimedia tasks, Intel Core Processors is the best choice for their laptops. Intel Core Processor offers Core i3, core i5, core i7 and core i9 with different prices. While Core i3 laptops are designed for entry-level, Core i5 covers up the majority of mainstream computers and core i7 ones are equipped for laptops which require the best performance from their computers. There are also Core i9-based systems that are even more powerful than core i7 ones, which has a significantly-higher cost than a laptop with an i7, i5 or i3 Core Processor.
Storage and Battery life
The storage effect directly on the performance of your computer, therefore, beside all the basic things like CPU, OS, you need to look for one that can satisfy the demand of your work.
Battery plays an important role in your decision as well, if you want to work effectively and continuously on a daily working basis, remember to consider a laptop with a higher level of battery life.
Working on a computer means you have to sit in front of it for hours. And since it’s not good for your eyes and health staring into a screen for such a long time, you need to make sure the quality of the laptop screen is good enough for your eyes. It’s a screen that is comfortable to look at and feels natural to use. Also, a 1920x1080-pixel resolution (Full HD) is the best if you want plenty of space to line up windows and keep things in view.
Design and weight
11 - 12 inches screen: Usually weighs around 2.5 to 3.5 pounds.
13 - 14 inches screen: Usually weighs around or under 4 pounds with the balance of portability and usability.
15 - 16 inches screen: Usually weigh around 4 to 5.5 pounds. This is quite the most popular size in the market. This type of laptop is often used by designers, software developers, architects, etc.
17 - 18 inches screen: The most heavy and the largest sizes of laptop that are suitable for people who don’t need to carry their laptop around often, a 17 or 18 inches provides you with the processing power you need to play high-end games or do workstation-level productivity.
What you look for will change drastically depending on the needs you identified, so take time to consider and do as many as comparisons if you need to.Once you’ve made the decision, the next step is determining the place to buy it. If it’s possible, go to a physical store to get your hands on an actual laptop and try it by yourself. Check the warranties, set-up option and the price. Financing can help ease the financial cost of upgrading by helping you spread out the cost. Make sure to do your research and check the financing before you buy.