Last updated on September 27th, 2018
Do You Know How To Choose A Laptop
When Is Time For A New One?
If you are looking for a new laptop to work at home, but you do not know what exactly to buy. Take a few minutes to read this article maybe help you making a decision.
I know how difficult is to decide what type of laptop we should buy.
Making the decision can be a real headache, I´ve been in the same situation a couple of times.
Nobody wants to buy something super expensive thinking that is the best and everything we need, but at the end, we don´t use it at all. Or else buying something super cheap but is not what we need.
The realness is that there is not a particular computer to work from home, the question is what you need for what you do for work.
For example, if you are the kind person who works with different apps which are big and heavy, you might need a computer with more power than someone who does not have them.
Now after the above, I will tell you what you need to know about a laptop before you buy it.
7 Points to consider before purchasing a Laptop
1 – Brand
2 – OS (Operating system)
3 – Size and Weight
4 – Processor
5 – RAM (random access memory)
6 – Storage Drive
7 – Other features
When we start thinking about computer brands the first name that comes to our mind is the most popular at the time without thinking we could find other brands in the market with the same or better quality for less money.
I am not saying we should not buy the most popular brand or not get an expensive one; I ´m only saying there are many choices out there for each one, but we have to look for them.
My recommendation, search which are the best brands for the year, according to the experts. I mean, the ranking of the most used brands at the moment, so it will be easier to make the decision according to the critics.
Top Five in 2016*
1.- Apple. In the last five years, it has been in the first place as the best Laptop brand.
2.- Dell. Second place the last two years, being before in the 5th.
3.- Asus. A significant change in this brand, jumping from the seventh place last year to the 3rd this year.
4.- Lenovo. After dropping from second to fifth place in 2015, this year was ranked in the fourth place.
5.- MSI. This year it fell from fourth to fifth place.
If you are asking yourself where the other brands are, here they are:
HP dropped from third to sixth;
Microsoft is in the seventh position
Ace jumped from ninth to eighth
Samsung fell from fifth to ninth
Toshiba was in the last place dropping from eighth to tenth
* The evaluation was based on reviews, tech support, design, warranty, software, innovation, value, and selection.
Operating System (OS)
Windows OS. The most flexible operating system as we can find it in many brands and models, unlike the other two OS.
The Window notebooks can go from a couple of hundred dollars with a variety of features as they can function as a laptop and tablet.
Apple OS X. All MacBooks come with Apple´s own operating system, Mac OS X El Capitan. This operating system has a similar function as window 10 with the difference OS X is not made for touch because it doesn’t have a touchscreen.
Chrome OS. For a Chromebook not expensive Lenovo 100s works. It has a Google system which is simple and safe but limited.
The user interface looks a lot like windows, but the main app is Chrome browser.
It has some apps downside, but not always work well. But if you only need the laptop to check email, navigate social media and chat online it is a good option because of the price and the battery.
Size and Weight
These features are crucial in case we want to go anywhere with our laptop. Having a light and small laptop is helpful to travel even working from a coffee place if we are looking a break from home.
The size of the Laptop is related to the screen size; thus I classify them by its screen sizes.
11-12 Inches. The smallest laptop in the market weighing only 2.5-3.5 pounds. It is perfect going anywhere with it, but its small screen makes it uncomfortable after working a couple of hours.
13-14 inch. It is great to carry it everywhere too. It weights around 4 pounds. Described as the perfect balance between portability and usability.
15-16 inch. It is the most popular and preferred because of its right size to work, even using it as a TV if you want to watch your movies or tv shows. You should consider buying it if you do not plan to travel often.
17-18 inch. Definitely, only if you´re planning to leave it on your desk.
First of all, what is a processor? It is pretty easy to understand; the processor is the brain of the computer, this is what determines the complexity of software you can run and how fast your programs will run.
These are some of the processors you can find.
Intel Core i3/i5. The best combination of price and performance
Intel Core i7. Excellent for gaming rings and workstations
Intel Pentium and Celeron. We can find them on low-cost laptops. They have a very good performance of simple tasks such as web surfing and document editing.
Intel Atom. The same as Celeron with the difference you can also find it on laptops 2- in – 1 and the battery has a little more life.
RAM (random access memory)
It is a place of the computer where the operating system, application programs, and data in current use are kept. This way they are reached quickly by the computer´s processor.
We can get a computer with 2, 4 and 8 GB of RAM. The ideal is to have at least 4 GB on your computer.
Storage drive (Hard drive)
A hard drive is where all our data is stored, as our files and folders. Then, if we do not have a lot of data to storage because our work doesn´t require it, we can buy a laptop with a solid state drive (SSD) which makes the computer three times speed.
2-in-1. Some laptops offer this option, where we can use it as a laptop and as a tablet at the same time, removing the keyboard from the screen or folding it 360 degrees.
Retina display. It is an Apple´s feature which means more pixels packed tightly together being imperceptible to the human eye at a distance of 12 inches. As a result, we have everything crisper on our screen.
Congratulations! I think you are ready to get your new laptop. Enjoy it.
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