Laptops are incredibly versatile and mobile. They make for great work and school computers but the problem is there are just so many different choices. With a crowded market of laptop computers, how can you decide which one is best for you? First you need to understand your options so you can make an informed decision.
Here are 5 options to consider when selecting a new laptop:
The most important thing to consider first is price. Setting your budget will be a large part of determining other options for your laptop. A small budget will quickly narrow down your laptop options whereas a large budget will leave most doors open. If you are on a budget try looking at refurbished computers or older models.
Operating system and price are two of the first decisions you need to make. If you decide you want to run with a Mac then you will narrow your choices down to about 3, but if you want to run windows you have a wide selection to choose from. Before you hit the market do you research on operating systems for laptops to find what will work best for you and fit in your budget. Operating systems have become quite similar and it’s often best to stick with what you know.
Laptops range from light and portable with a 10” screen to heavier with up to a 20” screen. Generally speaking smaller laptops will have less power and be more budget friendly, but the gap between portability and power is shrinking. A bigger screen will give you more room for spreadsheets and streaming, while a smaller screen is easier to throw into a messenger bag and head out the door. Ask yourself how important portability is to you.
If you plan to be working on the go you don’t want to spend half your time searching for an outlet. Generally you want at least 7 hours of endurance for portable work, such as working from your couch or on the go. Over 8 hours is ideal. Don’t take the manufacturers word on battery life and seek out third party reviews to give you an objective opinion of the battery life.
The central processing unit, or CPU or simply processor, is the brains of your laptop and controls the calculations streaming through the circuitry. Intel and AMD are the most common processors. The size and capability of a processor is measured in gigahertz (GHz). The more GHz, the faster your laptop will think. Multiple cores means your computer will be able to do more thinking at one time.
Buying a new laptop can be fun and exciting but also very stressful. If you need help finding the right machine for you give us a call. If you have a new machine and you need help setting it up, then stop on by, we would love to help.