5 Things You Need to Consider Before Buying a Laptop

Have an appointment to finish in a day and your desktop has stopped working. Time is running out and you cannot possibly use the computer of a café or go to a friend’s. They are too far away. Your laptop saves the day for you. It is handy and your best friend.  So, in this competitive world, to match paces, you definitely need a laptop. Not only you, but everyone in your family too. Kids need it to ease their load of school projects, older people need a laptop to keep them company. Therefore at least one laptop per household is a must. Planning to buy one? A very good idea. But with the different brands that are flaunted in the markets, a confusion is natural – a confusion about which one to buy. So here are five things you need to consider before buying a laptop.

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1. The Brand

Your laptop stands as good as the brand behind it. Therefore the first and foremost thing you should do are consider all the popular brands, compare their sales and statistics. Compare everything well and then make the right choice.

2. Your Budget

These days, you can buy a usable laptop for under Rs.15000, but if you can budget more, you’ll get a system with better build quality, larger display, stronger performance and a better display. Here’s what you can get for each price range. Therefore you need to compare the features with your budget and buy your best.

3. Battery Life

If you’re buying large, bulky notebook that you’ll use only on a desk near an outlet, you don’t have to worry about battery life. However, if you plan to use the laptop on your lap, even if it’s at home and or work, you’ll want at least 6 hours of endurance, with 8+ hours being ideal. To determine a notebook’s expected battery life, don’t take the manufacturer’s word for it. Instead, read third-party results from objective sources, such as our reviews.

4. The Keyboard and Touchpad

The most impressive specs in the world don’t mean diddly if the laptop you’re shopping for doesn’t have good ergonomics. If you plan to do a lot of work on your computer, make sure the keyboard offers solid tactile feedback, plenty of vertical travel (distance the key goes down when pressed, usually 1 to 2mm) and enough space between the keys. Look for an accurate touchpad that doesn’t give you a jumpy cursor and responds consistently to multi-touch gestures such as pinch-to-zoom. If you’re buying a business laptop, consider getting one with a pointing stick (aka nub) between the G and H keys so you can navigate around the desktop without lifting your fingers off the keyboard’s home row.

5. Decide if you want a two-in-one

These days, many PC laptops fall into the category of “2-in-1s,” devices that can switch between traditional clamshell mode, tablet mode and other positions in between such as a tent or stand modes. The 2-in-1s generally come in two different styles: detachable with screens that come off the keyboard entirely and flexible laptops with hinges that bend back 360 degrees to change modes. Most of these systems are much better at serving one purpose than the other, with bend-backs being laptops first and detachable offering a superior tablet experience. However, if you don’t see the need to use your notebook as a slate, you’ll usually get more performance for your money and a better productivity experience with a traditional clamshell laptop.

Here is probably everything you need to consider. After giving them a thought, just go for it and get your dream laptop.

Christopher Benitez