How to Choose Your Next Laptop

Now you’re ready to choose your next laptop—your reliable partner for the next few years, the hardware that will keep you connected and handle the whole thing from article writing to 
online networking. Then how do you narrow down the wealth of choices out there? With this little and modest guide, i believe you will pick the best laptop that will meet your computer needs.

Pick your OS

Picking the OS for your desired laptop will help you to quickly whittle down the number of choices you have to pick from. It’s advisable to stick to what you know for the sake of suitability; nevertheless at times a variation in choice can work wonders, therefore it’s good to be aware of the options available.

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Currently if you buy a Windows 8.x laptop, in some places you’ll receive a free upgrade to Windows 10 when the time comes. The beauty is that Windows 10 features a mixture of the old and new and it has a little clever trick up its sleeve like the biometric security support and Microsoft Cortana.

Windows is indispensable if you’re a severe gamer and time and again gets updates (Chrome, Spotify and so on) before Mac OS X does. On the other side, its ubiquity (the ability to appear to be everywhere at once) means it’s a common target for hawkers of malware and spyware—but if you can set up a capable security suite and keep Windows patched there’s no need to worry about.

Then there’s Mac OS X. It has a status of being more firms and more protected than Microsoft’s OS, even though it doesn’t mean that you won’t run into difficulties
Apple’s desktop software is dependable, sophisticated and cool on the eye (especially on Retina screens). Maybe the only shortcomings are it takes some people time to  get used to it but if you’re an experienced Windows loyalist, and it’s very much geared up to work with other Apple products rather than anything else.

Google’s Chrome OS keep appealing to more users and has its advantages and disadvantages. If you live your laptop life in a browser, it has everything you want, and you don’t need to worry about security software, bloatware or backups. It boots up quickly and is less liable to slow down over time.

On the other hand, you have to understand that, it is just a browser. You’ll need a good internet connection like Wi-Fi signal most of the time (applications like Gmail and Google Drive do have some limited offline functionality) and if you want access to your movie and music collections you’ll need them stored in the cloud somewhere.

Screen size

In every single laptop there is a “give and take” between screen size, power and lightness. If you travel a lot with your laptop or what you do entails moving along with your laptop, so portability is a major factor in choosing a screen size. The 11-13” models are preferable for use on the go—anything above that is  slightly bulky for carrying around on the train or the bus, though of course it can still be done.
15-inch or even 17-inch laptop is the best for people whose laptop spends most of its time sitting on a desk: It’ll surely give you more room for movies, games and video editing panels. Resolution is important too: More pixels give you a sharper screen and more flexibility.

In the long run it comes down to personal preference and how you’re going to be using your computer: Bigger screens mean less squinting and more space, whereas smaller screens equal more compact and lighter laptops. Smaller screens are also easier on battery life, of which more later.

Processor, RAM and storage

Interior specs aren’t as significant as they used to be nevertheless, as the new MacBook shows, they’re still worth considering. It’s tough to liken one set of specs against another (reviews can be useful in evaluating performance) however there are some extensive indicators you can follow.

As far as the processor (CPU) goes the amount of cores and their GHz clock speed is the most important (though not the only) driver of performance: It’s basically how fast your laptop can think and make calculations, and more cores and more GHz is always better.

RAM (Random Access Memory) is how much room your laptop has to think—how many video game frames or large movie clips or open browser tabs it can hold in its memory at once. When that memory gets full you run into performance problems. As far as laptop power goes it’s minor to the CPU but it still plays a huge role.

Then there’s storage, apparently the amount of data you can store on your laptop memory. All of the various cloud and backup services are aiding to lessen our dependence on local storage, but you should always preserve copies. If you’re not dealing large document like movies, music and photos then you can save yourself some cash by choosing for less space on board.

Most laptops also have some form of graphics card chip installed, though it’s joined with the CPU on cheaper models. These chips are most essential if you’re a gamer or doing tasks that are very graphically intensive—video or photo editing, for example—but for everyday use you don’t need a hugely powerful GPU inside your laptop.

Additional considerations

Battery life can be a deal-breaker or immaterial subject to how you’re planning to use your laptop, so shop in view of that—I  would recommend checking out a review or two rather than naively trusting producers to give true estimate of how long your battery is going to last.

The thinnest and lightest laptops ordinarily offer best battery performance due to their low-powered mechanisms, however there is a performance trade-off to consider. How you use your laptop can make a significant difference too, so take this into consideration as well.

If you have a lot of accessories or an external monitor to connect up then you should be thinking about port provision too. Wireless transfer (of files, music and so on) is becoming more ubiquitous thanks to its convenience, but wired connections still offer better speeds and dependability generally.

And then of course: Price. We’ve avoided mentioning it much so far but for many of you this will be a big factor—if that’s the case then the other considerations listed above aren’t so essential. You typically get what you pay for though, so if you can, dig a little deeper.

There are many different laptops on the market (with more arriving every month) and many different approaches to take to buying one, but hopefully those pieces of advice can help you on the way to picking the right laptop.

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