The laptop market is very lively, with new elements frequently being rolled out and performance increasing, while prices, weights, and sizes decreases. This has created an environment that makes it quite difficult to choose the right laptop.
If you are looking to buy a new laptop soon but simply aren't sure how to narrow your options to zero in on The One, you might find this tutorial helpful.
Laptop Buying Guide
When buying a laptop, the first element that you should consider is mobility. If you do not really need mobility — that is to say, you are not moving constantly with your machine and you will not be working in unlikely places — there is no need to buy a small laptop. A somewhat larger model, with a large screen (17 "or 18"), a separate numeric keypad, and a large battery is a good choice in terms of comfort.
If your plan is to have your laptop follow you around but you aren't too worried about comfort, a 15.4"-inch screen is large enough and is not cumbersome. The weights of these computers are reasonable and they usually feature comfortable enough keyboards.
Mobile mini computers are very small. Miniaturized components used to manufacture high-performance computers in less than 1 kg offer all of the functionality expected of a larger PC. You can store these machines in small bags and use them anywhere.
The CPU is the heart of the computer. The performance of a machine is greatly affected by the CPU performance. The more you'd like to run heavy software and powerful applications using different media, the more we will need a powerful processor (frequency> 2.4 Ghz). However, for desktop or Internet use, you can afford to choose a mid-range processor (frequency = 2 Ghz). They are powerful enough to enable smooth computer use.
Live Active Memory
Also called RAM, this memory temporarily stores data during processing by the processor. The higher the RAM capacity the more quickly the processor will have quick access to the data it needs to process. 1 GB of RAM seems to be an industry minimum. Microsoft even recommends 2 GB for Vista to run efficiently. Most laptops now come with 4 GB of RAM.
Many laptops today have hard drives with up to 500 GB capacity, which is fine. This is important and it should be considered before buying to determine the storage space that will be needed. However, size is not everything, and you have to take into account the speed of access to stored data. A hard drive spinning at 7200 revolutions/minute will be more powerful than one at 5400 rev/min. Some computers now offer a flash and SDRAM memory. Unlike the hard drive, this storage method uses no mechanical element and is therefore less fragile. However, it is more expensive, does not yet offer very large space (up to 16 GB), and has a limited service life.
This is a key element if you play video games or run 3D animation, as they are very greedy in this way. We recommend aiming to have a card with 512 MB of video RAM combined with a sufficiently powerful graphics processor.
Before buying, try to consider all of the potential uses of your future laptop in order to work out what will be needed in terms of connection. Firewire is increasingly used for its performance (as it is much faster than a USB data exchange). However, do not skimp on USB ports, which should be sufficiently spaced to accommodate multiple devices at once. Also, be sure to check that there is an HDMI connection if you plan to use your laptop to connect to your TV. A multifunction card reader is also sometimes useful for transferring data from an external camera or mobile phone.
There are laptops with screens ranging from 7" to 20". A large screen will be pleasant for movie-watching, as well as for comfortable work or play. But you can count on a laptop with a large screen being much heavier than one with a screen of around 12" or fewer.
As with printed images, you must choose between a matte or glossy display. The latter is great for watching videos, while the former is less sensitive to glare.
This consideration looks at how long a laptop's battery will last when being used while unplugged from a charger. To get an idea of this, look at manufacturers' data figures. But keep in mind that their estimates are often a little optimistic.
This is certainly the most important. Some popular operating systems include macOS, Microsoft, and Linuc. Beware that not all applications are compatible with Linux, although there are many equivalents.
Noise and Heat
We often forget these elements when choosing a laptop.But when using a laptop, they often prove dominant in terms of comfort. Checking for these settings before making a purchase is often difficult, especially if you plan to order online.
Depending on your level of computer experience, it may be wise to sign a contract to provide an on-site warranty repair or telephone support. Since you cannot change individual parts on a laptop, taking a long-term warranty seems logical.
Of course, you would like to do the same with your laptop as you do with your desktop PC: replace some old components with more efficient ones. This is where upgrade options can be useful. While it is easy to add memory, it will not always be easy to change the hard drive, and only some mobile will allow to change the processor.