We know laptops are extensively portable and offer amazing power but they are definitely less flexible than desktops. You have to make a careful choice while buying the same.
You can choose the best laptop of the best company in the present but what if doesn't deliver what you expect.
For this reason you need to think carefully about what you need from the laptop before you end up spending your money in vain. Lets overview a quick tips of buying a laptop according to your needs.
- Selecting the right size
Size is really important factor to consider foremost while buying a laptop. As such there is no ideal size for the best laptop. It all depends on your requirement.
Laptops tend to be divided into categories based on the diagonal size of their screens, in inches. This is because a laptop’s screen size also determines the overall size of its chassis. A 17-inch laptop screen is best for work and gaming both, but is far heavier than a lesser inch laptop model.
Gaming notebooks are technically great laptops but most of them aren’t really portable.
2. Screen resolution
Screen resolution is also very important apart from the size of the laptop. The minimum resolution you’ll generally find is 1,366 x 768 pixels. This is fine for the majority of tasks. It’s even possible to work on two applications side by side with this many pixels, especially since so many modern web pages reformat themselves to suit the available screen space.
On laptops with smaller screens, a larger resolution doesn’t always mean more space. When a laptop has a greater number of pixels in a small area, the operating system has to scale everything up, or else text and icons would be too small to see properly.
Laptop keyboards tend to be more varied than desktop models, due to the constraints placed on them by the laptop’s physical size.
For a start, there’s room for a numeric keypad on only larger laptops, and then only on certain models.
Also, many laptops have small arrow keys, or backslash keys that are on the right rather than the left of the keypad. Only some laptops have Home, End and Page Up and Page Down keys, too; if there isn’t a physical key for such functions, you’ll need to use a Function (Fn) key combination instead. If you rely on these keys to navigate around a text document look for a laptop where all these functions are replicated by separate physical keys
So be wise in terms of the above while going for a new laptop as you have to survive with the same.
Touchpad is one of the foremost ways in which you interact with your laptop, so it is important it needs to work well.
Plenty of touchpads don’t respond accurately to finger movement, or have squishy buttons that make it difficult to determine whether you’ve registered a click. Most modern touchpads support gestures, where you can use two fingers to scroll or to pinch-to-zoom – but, again, how easy these gestures are to use varies widely between laptops.
A laptop has limited room around its base, so has far fewer ports than a desktop PC. For this reason, think carefully about what you need to plug in. Some laptops have only two USB ports. If you have a printer and a mouse plugged in and want to grab some photos off your camera, you’ll need to unplug something – unless your laptop has a built-in SD card reader, as many do. Many current laptops have at least one USB 3 port for faster data transfers, too. So, choose accordingly.
Now, it's the time to consider internal configuration. Starting from RAM. Go for at least 4GB if you're not in mood to spend much, so you don’t have to worry about the speed. If you’re going to be editing video, you’ll ideally need at least 8GB, although this amount of RAM is now common even in inexpensive laptops.
Processor choice is trickier. You should aim for at least an Intel Core i3 processor, which will comfortably cope with web browsing and office work, and consider a Core i5 chip for more intensive tasks such as dealing with large images and editing and encoding video. Laptops with Core i7 chips are expensive but super-quick, so are worth considering if you want the best possible performance.
7. Battery life
Along with size and weight, this should be a priority if you’re planning to travel with your laptop. It isn’t always possible to get a seat near a power socket, after all. Small, light laptops generally offer superior battery life to larger models, chiefly due to being equipped with less powerful low-voltage processors and a smaller screen.
Again, read reviews to see how long a laptop’s battery will last; expect five to seven hours for a general-purpose 15-inch laptop, and eight to 10 hours or more from a small, highly portable one. Some high performance laptops are too battery consuming.
Finally, we come to storage. Storage is completely your choice as per your need. But go for a laptop with preferably more inbuilt storage as it is faster. However, it's not a big deal to upgrade the memory but make sure you opt for a big storage disk.
If your laptop is destined for home use and storing gigabytes of photos and music, you should opt for a model with at least 500GB storage.
But, at last go with the option which goes perfect with your pocket