How To Choose A Laptop

You might take your smartphone everywhere and use your tablet while lying in bed, but when it’s time to do serious work or have serious fun, you’ll need a laptop. Laptops offer physical keyboards for faster typing; they’re better at multitasking, and they offer a lot more power for everything from editing video and creating PowerPoint presentations to playing the latest games. So what type of laptop should you get[footnoteRef:2]? [2: www.laptopmag.com]

Being in possesion of a laptop is a joyous event to many but being in possesion of the best laptop i s the most prestigious of all imagination in the world of technology. What is to be considered the best laptop is a matter of individual interest and what you need to get from that laptop. Are you a businees perso? If yes, what exactly do you need in the laptop to fit your want? The same question applies to college students and their respective departmental schools (e.g Enginneering Students), doctors, actuaralist and even teachers in their quest in choosing the laptop of their choice.

There are a wide variety of sizes, features and prices, which makes choosing the right laptop a challenge[footnoteRef:3]. In addition the purpose for buying the laptop matters a lot. The factors need to be put into consideration before buying the laptop and such are as shown below: [3: www.laptopmag.com ]

Purpose

Without a purpose then there would be no need of purchasing that laptop. For business purposes and whether you are a disciple of science, student, doctor or business person you will require the laptop for your text writing, editing, presentation, spreadsheet for numeric data entry and as such you need a laptop with a good keyboard, durable design and sharp screen. For gaming purpose you need a laptop with a high –end Core i7 processor, a high –res screen and strong sound.

Size

How portable your laptop is depends on the display size. If the computer will truly be used most often on the road, placing the notebook in a protective case, lugging it onto a cramped airplane, removing it for baggage inspectors, carrying it into a meeting room, and transporting it wherever else you go is made exponentially more difficult for each inch of display size beyond 12 inches[footnoteRef:4]. The thinnest and lightest systems around have 11- to 12-inch screens and typically weigh less than 3 pounds. (Many Chromebooks come in this size.) However, the screen and keyboard may be cramped for some users[footnoteRef:5]. [4: www.techrepublic.com ] [5: www.laptopmag.com]

CPU

The Central Processing Unit is the core of the computers and laptops.No laptop can be said to function when there is absence of the CPU. According to www.laptomag.com the least expensive laptops on the market have AMD E Series or Intel Pentium/Celeron CPUs, which will struggle to handle serious productivity, gaming or media tasks, but can handle Web surfing, email and social networks use. If you’re buying a system with an Intel Core series processor, make sure you get a 4th generation Core or “Haswell” for the best combo of performance and battery life. You know you’re getting Haswell if the model number begins with a 4 (ex: Intel Core i5-4200U)[footnoteRef:6]. Unless you’re buying a secondary computer, don’t settle for less than an Intel Core i3 CPU or AMD A Series. [6: www.laptopmag.com]

RAM:Memory is a fundamental component in a laptop for keeping its previous data and information.Currently the cheapest notebook or tablet have a 4GB memoery and If you can get a system with 8GB, you’ll be better prepared for high-end applications and lots of multitasking[footnoteRef:7]. [7: www.laptopmag.com]

Hard Drive/ SSD: A fast drive is more important than a large one. If you have a choice, go with a Solid State Drive (SSD) over a hard drive, because SSDs provide twice to three times the speed of their mechanical counterparts. However, SSDs are usually more expensive and come in much lower 128/256GB capacities. If you can’t afford an SSD or if you need more capacity, go for a 7,200-rpm hard drive over a 5,400-rpm unit[footnoteRef:8]. [8: www.laptopmag.com]