Thinking about buying a new laptop? Confused about the specifications. Need some solution, then you are in the right place. Here is the complete laptop buying guide 2019 which includes tips to buy a laptop. So let’s get started with it.
The first thing you should consider which operating system you are comfortable to use i.e. Windows, Mac OS, or Chrome OS. Windows is the most common platform so you have the greatest range of laptops to choose from. Mac OS is exclusive to Apple MacBooks and MacBook Pros though they are easy to use and powerful machines but relatively expensive as compared to Windows machines. Chromebooks running Chrome OS are very popular among students, so if you are doing really basic things like google docs, streaming Netflix and sending emails a Chromebook can be ideal for you. If you are into gaming for most of the time while using your laptop then you should definitely go with Windows or Mac OS machine.
For a detailed comparison between the operating system check the link given below.
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The most important thing is the processor. Almost all mid-range and high-end laptops come with an intel core i3, i5, i7 processor. Generally higher the number the better performance you will get. Unless you are doing photo, video editing or most intensive tasks a core i5 will work good. You should also consider the generation of the core because every year these chips get refreshed and improved, so try and get the latest one.
Some cheaper laptops come with a Pentium or Celeron processor but unless you are using it for a very basic task with a more super tight budget try to avoid the purchase of these laptops.
It is really important to have an SSD (solid-state drive) in your machine. It makes a huge difference just to how fast everything feels, from boot time, opening programs, etc. It is highly recommended that your new laptop comes with an SSD.
Some laptops use both, for example, a 32 or 128 gigabyte SSD, and a second higher capacity hard drive. It will give you the SSD speed boost for Windows and enough storage for your files.
Usually, you will get 4, 8, or 16 gigabytes of ram in a laptop. Four gigabytes will work well for a basic machine. For video editing, rendering or any sort of power usage go for 16 gigabytes.
Most laptops have 13, 14 or 15-inch screen sizes, there are a few 11-inch budget laptops and some huge 17, 18-inch gaming beasts also available. The smaller the screen size, the lighter and compact the machine so 13 and 14-inch ultrabooks that use intel chips are good travel companions for those who travel a lot. The bigger 15-inch laptops can be more powerful, it offers room for a dedicated graphics card and they can use more power-hungry processors. The good news is brands are putting bigger screens into more compact and travel-friendly bodies by trimming the size of the Bessel around the screen, so if you are buying a laptop for using it at your home or your office you may as well go for something a bit bigger and therefore a more powerful machine.
So if you want something that’s good on the road and barely make your backpack heavy then you should consider a 13-inch ultrabook. If you can afford a high-end MacBook Pro 15, XPS 15 or Surface Book 215 which are relatively compact in size and offer really high-end performance.
The whole time you are using your laptop, you are going to look at its screen, So you should make sure it looks good. Firstly make sure it uses an IPS screen as they offer much better color accuracy and viewing angles. The alternative is the ATM screen which is used on some cheaper models, but it can look grainy and viewing angles are pretty terrible. The other thing you should consider is the screen resolution. Ideally, go for a laptop with a Full HD (1920X1080 resolution).
Keyboard and TouchPad
For good user experience, your laptop should have nice and responsive keyboard and touchpad. Generally, MacBooks and MacBook Pros have the best touchpads, they are big, responsive and has great gesture support in Mac OS. For Windows laptop try to get one with a Microsoft precision touchpad, this will guarantee that your touchpad will be fast and precise. You should definitely try and use the touchpad and keyword of the laptop you are willing to purchase and check if it works well.
If you want to play the game seriously and of the rares of the graphics have higher frame rates you are going to want to look into a gaming laptop. Gaming laptops generally come with i7 processors, 16-gigabytes of ram, and importantly a dedicated graphics card. For dedicated Graphics card look for either Nvidia GTX 1660, or AMD RX, or AMD Vega branding on a laptop, Intel UHD Graphics 620, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 which will make your laptop a lot more powerful, and capable of playing games with higher settings and a higher resolution.
How long should your battery last? Battery life above six hours is decent. Since most brands test the battery life of the laptop at low brightness. So if the retailer claims six hours, you can expect four hours of battery life in the real world. The size of the battery 4K resolution screen, graphics card and the generation of the processor have the biggest impact on battery life. So, you should go for a laptop of battery life of at least six hours or more.
USB, HDMI, Card readers are really important so while purchasing a laptop you should make sure the laptop you get comes with at least one USB 3.1 type C port. It will definitely future-proof your laptop.