5 horrible Mistakes That People Should Avoid Before Buying Any Laptop
Buying a laptop is always a big decision for us. You may have many smartphones but most of us do not have more than two laptops. Also, most of us buy a new phone now and then. But when it comes to the laptop we always prefer to use it for at least 4-5 years and if possible more than that. So we should be very careful while choosing our laptop. In a previous article, we cover How we should buy our new laptop? , in this article, we cover everything that you should do before buying any laptop. But today in this article we are going to point out the most common mistakes that you should avoid before buying any laptop.
1st Mistake : graphics card
Everybody knows the more you pay the more specification you get. But do you know? that except gamers none of these three categories of users need a laptop with a graphic card. You need a graphic card only if you play a lot of games or edit videos, in simple words if you do something related to graphics then only you need a graphic card. Otherwise, save your money on the graphic card and buy a good processor.
Now let me ask you a question CPU or GPU Which Is More Important for you? To answer the above question, If you are a video editor, then CPU is more important for you but if you are a gamer, then GPU is more important for you.
For other users, the CPU is always more important. CPU is the actual brain of your computer. So if you have a good brain then obviously, you can process more easily.
So don’t make the silly mistake to buy a laptop with a graphic card while your actual need is a good CPU. Consider all these things mentioned here, before buying your laptop or computer
2nd Mistake: Processor
To understand the second mistake let me give you an example, all of you know Intel Core i7 – 1067 G7 processor. In this example, Intel is the brand name Core i is the series name, and generally, 10 means 10th generation. These are the high-end laptops, generally, they do not care about the battery power. So if you want a laptop for your work while you traveling you should not buy these laptops. Also, for normal usage, you do not need that much power. These high-end laptops obviously can do any of your work but if you do not need that power then why paying more?
3rd Mistake : The unnecessary specs
Some of the pro-level users also make this mistake. They choose a laptop the way they choose a smartphone. Choosing a laptop by its look is the third and worst mistake that many of us made while buying a laptop.
Buying a laptop with good looks is ok but ignore the configuration over design and looks is not ok. Don’t waste your money on fancy specs that you are never going to use in the future. Like touchscreen, 360 degrees titled, finger sprint scanner these are the unnecessary specs that look cool but useless. But all these specs surely increase your budget.
You should remember that the world of the smartphone is different from the world of laptops. Instead of wasting your money on these useless specs use that money on SSD,RAM or Processor.
If you want a touchscreen, then buy an tab you may get it for less than 10k. It is a powerful device, it can also perform various works like laptops. Also, it is more portable than a laptop.
4th Mistake : Super hero ssd
The next mistake many of us made while choosing RAM capacity for laptops. You may hear that more RAM means more speed or DDR4/DDR3. But you may ignore the most important part that is written with the small letters that the speed of the RAM(Ex: 3200 MHz). So a 16 GB RAM with 2600 Mhz may work slowly in comparison to a 16 GB RAM with 3200 Mhz. So while buying a laptop don’t go for a laptop just because it has DDR4 RAM instead go for the one which has more speed (MHz).
This same logic goes for the HDDs and SSDs as well. In the case of HDD/SSD, you should watch for the RPM the more RPM it has the more speed you get. And I would stongly suggest never buy a laptop with hdds , always buy ssd only, if you still buy hdds it means you are driving a bullock cart in 2022. The speed of ssd is 10 times higher than hdds. If you really want to take advantage of the speed difference, ensure you're getting a laptop with the right kind of SSD: NVMe. PCIe NVMe SSDs have write speeds as high as 3500MB/s, while SATA III SSDs can only manage 500 MB/s. Intel introduced Optane, a means to improve speed on laptops with both SSD and HDD. As a rule, do not buy laptops with CPUs that are over three generations old.
It’s important to remember that SSDs are much faster than spinning hard drives and can make a huge difference to your system boot times and how snappy and responsive they feel. Opting for less, faster storage will make sure you get a laptop that feels modern and won’t hold you back, whatever you’re doing.
If you need more space, external hard drives are a dime a dozen, and there’s no shortage of excellent cloud storage options for storing videos, photos, and music. A 256GB or 512GB SSD should be enough for most people when combined with an external hard drive or cloud storage.
5th Mistake: Display size
Buying the right size of laptop is important because it determines not only display size but also impacts the size of your keyboard and touchpad. Choosing one that's too small and you'll feel cramped, but too big and you'll have trouble with travel.
Think about how you've used computers in the past. Do you usually use your computer at home, or are you often on the road? If the former, you'll likely want a 15.6-inch model, but road warriors will prefer a system between 12 and 13 inches. Those who do a bit of both should consider 14-inch models. You should look at weight and thickness, too, because a heavy 13-incher can weigh as much as a light 15.6-inch notebook.
Be honest with yourself about your requirements. Many individuals over-estimate their need for portability, as there's a certain allure to the idea of owning a PC that can be used anywhere. But going too small can land you a system with a tiny display and annoying keyboard. Remember that tablets are even better travel companies if you have no need for a keyboard.
6th Mistake: Ignoring ports and compatibility
If you last purchased a laptop more than a few years ago you may expect your new model to have all the basics including multiple USB ports, a card reader, individual jacks for your headphone and microphone, Ethernet, and a couple of video outputs. But times have changed, and ports are starting to go extinct.
Today, a common 15.6-inch laptop will have three USB ports, one video output, a combination headphone and microphone jack, and Ethernet. Some models are better, but some are worse, and small laptops are starting to drop Ethernet altogether and slim USB down to just two ports.
If you never connect peripherals, this won't impact you. But if you have a few external hard drives, and like to use a mouse instead of a touchpad, you'll need to pay attention. Splitting ports is possible, but the necessary adapters are bulky and inconvenient, so it's best to buy a PC with the ports you need built-in.
Buying a laptop is a very difficult process. But in this article, I try to warn you about the mistakes that you may make. You should shop for a laptop the way you'd shop for a car; consider your needs, and eliminate what won't work before deciding what will. Like a car, your laptop is likely to be with you for at least three years, and possibly more than five. And like a car, you'll be relying on it almost every day. So take your time, make a list of needs, and check it twice; the effort will pay off!
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