From operating systems to screen size, the laptop market features a huge array of possibilities for buyers to choose from. And this is before you even delve into the realms of compute power and memory.
With this article, you can figure out how to cut across the technical terminology and features to buy a laptop that does everything you need it to – and hopefully more.
What is the best type of laptop for you?
Think about your search for a new laptop as finding what you need, not about being impressed by all the laptops there are available. That is really the only way of cutting across the noise and making the best choice for you.
The reality is that there are all shapes and sizes to choose from. More robust devices are great for running maximum compute power alongside larger, wider screens. Smaller, more compact devices offer great flexibility and are a great fit for regular travellers or those that go to work on the bus or metro.
Broadly speaking, notebook PCs are the larger, bulkier options, while laptops are the lighter alternatives. All have pros and cons, and it is up to you how to turn these to your advantage. For lighter models you can easily add peripherals to give them the features of less movable PCs if you need to focus on some desk based work.
The technical aspects – and prices
The next part of your assessment should be to weigh your available budget on the best possible machine within that price range. Even at the bargain basement prices, there are better options than others.
Sometimes a cheaper laptop can actually be a great fit. If you need a no frills device that you do not mind your kids using to watch movies, this could present a worry-free option. Even with the laptop’s basic warranty package, you will not need to worry too much about how the device is knocked or jolted.
Chromebooks are a good example of simple devices that do most things you would expect. You can surf the net, pay your bills and watch Netflix as you wish.
The only thing to bear in mind is that Chromebooks run on the Chrome OS, which makes it difficult to use other applications such as the Microsoft suite. If your organisation is working a ‘bring your own device (BYOD)’ model, it is important to be aware that you may experience problems when trying to share some applications with colleagues.
Either way, Chromebooks can be a great option for a travel companion or a teenager’s first laptop.
Field sales reps or other professionals that work in different locations will need at least some element of portability in their new device.
If your budget stretches to some of the best laptops on the market, then you can really push the boundaries. At the top end, you can combine the top CPU power with lightweight, slick designs. You will also enjoy the experience of high resolution screens and even detachable tablet functionality from 2-in-1 devices.
That said, the most important thing is to define what you need and stick to your use case. As long as you keep these requirements realistic, you should have no problem finding a laptop within your budget range.
Narrowing your options
Next, go in for the search. Enter your budget in some price comparison sites, and see what makes and models are available at that level.
You will be amazed at the choice available. But from here you can focus on which brands you prefer, the devices with the top user ratings, and the features that best fit your use case.
If at all possible, try before you buy. In other words, try to see what a device looks like in real life to test the weight and feel of it. At the very least, check out some videos and see what other users have to say about it.
With this research done, you will be empowered to make the best possible choice for your needs. You can put yourself in the centre of the search and think about your daily requirements of your laptop – not just about RAM, CPU power and screen resolution!
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