The technology world keeps improving by the day and new set of Information Technology tools or devices are being produced day in and day out.
At a point in time, there will be a need for one to get him/herself a laptop to enhance their daily activities, and like any other device, the decision as to which one to get is not an easy one.
Since laptops have become a necessity virtually for everyone. There are now quite a few brands and models available but choosing the right one for your needs can end up causing a quite bit of confusion.
Do you need something light enough to take with you to class, yet powerful enough to handle multimedia tasks? Are you on a tight budget? If your head is spinning, don’t worry, we can help steer you in the right direction.

  1. Size – Portability

Nobody would love to buy a laptop if they can’t take it along to enhance their daily routines. If portability is a top priority then you should consider buying a laptop with smaller screen size. Well, nowadays we’ve got laptops ranging from ultraportable to large screen ones. And the screen size varies from 11.6(smallest) inches to 17.3 inches(largest). We’d recommend opting for an 11 – 13 inch.

HP Lightweight Steam Pro Notebook - 11.6 inch display
HP Lightweight Steam Pro Notebook – 11.6-inch display

2. Central Processing Unit (CPU) or Processor

The CPU is one of the core components of every device – laptop in this case, because it is the brain of the device – without it, the device is useless! There has been the release of new processors off late and choosing the best is a bit confusing.

CPU
CPU

For simple tasks such as typing letters, sending electronic mails (e-mails), playing music or surfing the internet, then we’d highly recommend a dual-core Intel processor. For multimedia tasks, then opt for an Intel Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7.

3. Random Access Memory (RAM)

In the good old days, you and I rarely needed a 4GB RAM or more to get the best out of your system. In today’s world, you will probably want to think of getting 8GB or 16GB of RAM.

RAM
RAM

RAM makes it possible to find specific information very quickly. It is a form of fast-access, volatile storage that is used as the main memory in computer systems. So in this case, more RAM allows more application to run at the same time without any hindrance. If you’re gamer, then opt for a 32GB of RAM.

4. Storage

Hard drives used to be all the rage, but these days they’ve mostly out of favour, especially for thin and light laptops. This is because they can be slow, somewhat bulky, and produce noticeable heat and noise.
These days, solid-state drives (SSDs) are the norm, as they’re faster and use less power. Basically, they’re pricier, but deliver better performance and are more reliable than HDD’s.

SSD
SSD

5. Connectivity

One thing laptop buyers tend to forget easily is to check the peripheral ports. Most laptops need to connect to something. Adapters are fine in a pinch, but it’s easier if you get a laptop that already has a bunch of connectivity options. We’d recommend getting a laptop with a couple of USB 3.0 ports.

Laptop connectivity ports
Laptop connectivity ports

6. Battery Life

You will find that battery life is important than ever. If you’re buying a large, bulky notebook or a gaming rig that you’ll use only on a desk near an outlet, you don’t have to worry about battery life. However, if you plan to use the laptop on your lap, even if it’s at home and or work, you’ll want at least 7 hours of endurance, with 8+ hours being ideal.

Laptop Battery Life
Laptop Battery Life

Laptops with the best battery include Lenovo ThinkPad T480, HP Envy x2 (Qualcomm), Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1, etc.

7. Brand

There are some laptops that are simply best known than others and these include, Apple, HP, Dell, Acer, Asus, amongst others. Your laptop is only as good as the company that stands behind it. Accurate and timely technical support is paramount!
 
 
 

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