Are you ogling those sleek new Toshiba laptops, or are you drooling over the latest Alienware? When shopping for a laptop, there is truly a plethora of choice. Here you will find a basic guide to buying a laptop, as well as the tips you need to be able to choose the right one.
Think about use
To start, think about what you want to the laptop to do. Do you want to use it to stream videos from the comfort of the couch, or do you want to use it for work-related projects, such as design, graphic art or managing data. Some activities will require different types of components, like memory, screen resolution and processor speed. Let’s take a closer look at what these terms mean and how they will affect your decision.
Memory is your computer’s ability to hold data. How much memory you have can determine whether you can run programs and store your work. It is measured in bytes, but most computers offer memory in gigabytes. If you are going to be storing a lot of things on your computer or using lots of different programs and games, you will need a laptop that offers a lot of memory. You can also look into getting an external hard drive to back up your work, or by storing things in a cloud.
Screen resolution simply refers to how clearly the colors are rendered on your screen, measured in pixels. For example, Apple’s MacBook Pro now offers retina display, which is a liquid crystal display that has such a high pixel density that your eyes can’t detect any pixilation. High-resolution screens are best for those who need extra detail. For example, those who do photo or video editing may benefit from a high-resolution screen, but it may not be necessary if you’re only getting the computer to keep track of your finances in Excel.
This refers to the speed at which your computer performs its given tasks, which can very from running programs to computing algorithms. It is controlled by the central processing unit (CPU), which will vary based on the make and model of your computer. To help you determine what speed you need, think about what programs you wish to run, and then make your choice based on the system requirements.
Finally, think about what size you want. Laptops can range from small 10-inch models to larger, 18-inch models. While a smaller size is more portable, a bigger screen may be a better choice in order to see detail rendered more closely.
Whatever you decide, know that there are many different choices out there to suit every need and style. To figure out which is best for you, do some research online or visit a computer store. Nevertheless, there is certainly a perfect laptop out there for you, if not more!