Laptop buying guide 2021: Choose the best one for you

Whether you want laptop to work from home or for your online classes , a best suitable laptop is all what we need. Let’s find out the best way to choose the best one

There are certain points to be considered when you buy a laptop. These points are:

  1. Performance
  2. Display
  3. Operating system
  4. Additional Features

Let’s take you to the details of these points so that you can check & buy best Laptop for yourself.

Performance

A laptop performance is based on 5 main pillars:

  1. Processor
  2. RAM
  3. Internal Storage
  4. Battery
  5. Graphics Card
Processor

Processor is the brain of the computer, therefore selecting a processor would depend on the kind of applications you wish to run. 2 primary companies made processor for the laptops are Intel & AMD. Intel has Celeron, Pentium, core i3, i5, i7 & i9 series. On the other hand, AMD has A, FX and Ryzen series. Though Core i9 in Intel and Ryzen in AMD are the latest launch available in laptops.

Also, it is important to look for the latest generation to get best performance.

RAM

RAM=Random Access Memory, it stores all open files and apps. Your laptop’s RAM decides that how smooth and lag-free your experience will be while working on it. We suggest a minimum of 4GB RAM for a lag free experience across daily used applications like office apps, browsing, video viewing, etc. From high resolution video editing to intensive gaming and graphics designing. 16GB of RAM will let you do it all without any stutters.

Internal storage

Internal storage of the laptop is where the operating system of the laptop are installed. It also stores all your data such as movies, games, apps, movies, documents, etc. There are 3 type of internal storage:

HDD (Hard Disk Drive)

SSD (Solid-State Drive)

SSHD (Solid-State Hybrid Drive)

If there will be no sufficient storage for your data it will affect your speed and performance. For users who all are into gaming or media editing HDDs are the best option to invest into.

Battery

The battery is the power of the laptop which keeps it running. Usually it is measured in Watt-Hour (WHr). More WHr = More battery life. Things like brightness, Bluetooth, wi-fi and even the load on CPU will impact the battery life. So, the bigger the battery will give you more hours of usage and also a heavier laptop.

Graphics card

A graphic card is an installed chip in your laptop which improves the quality of the visuals you see over the screen. Nowadays, lots of software like photoshop or other design software require dedicated graphics card to function smoothly. It works like RAM, the more GBs of graphic card will be, the smoother your apps will run.

For choosing an ideal graphic card:

Everyday use: browsing the web and multimediaGaming and image editing
Gaming and image editingDedicated 1 GB
Advanced gaming experience or video editingDedicated 2 GB
Professional gaming, animation, 3D renderingDedicated 2GB and above

High Ending gaming laptopNvidia GeForce GTX 1060, 1070, 1080
Premium gaming laptopsNvidia GeForce GTX 1050, 1050Ti
Entry level laptopsNvidia GeForce MX150, GeForce 960M, 950M, 940M and AMD Radeon R7 M445

Display

When we talk about a laptop’s display, the main points to be consider are right screen size and resolution for your usage.

Screen size

The size of the screen should be measured diagonally. The most common size is 15.6 inches, but it also depends upon on your usage.

Following are the size should be considered according to the usage:

Looking for a lightweight 
Mostly for office purposeApprox 13.3 inches
Frequent traveller (work purpose) 

Mixed usage 
Optimal performanceApprox 14 inches
Not required enough portability 

Mostly entertainment purpose 
Portability required least15.6 inches
Connected to many USB devices 
Resolution

The most common resolution we all know is HD Ready, Full HD and 4K. The higher the resolution allows more content to fit on screen giving pleasure to eyes.

HD Ready Full HD 4K or Ultra HD
Offers 1366 x 768 to 1280 x 720 pixel countOffers 1920 x 1080 pixels.Offers 3840 x 2160 pixels
Entry-level laptops or budget laptopsGaming or high-end laptopsExpensive and high-end laptops
Good for basic workGood for HD games and productive appsGood for 4K movies or graphic intensive gaming

Operating system

An operating system controls the hardware of the laptop, and allow software to communicate with the hardware. Basically, it manages the hardware and software resources of a computer, while also providing common services that are essential to all software on the system.

WINDOWS

It is the most common operating system. It is compatible for most of the software and hardware. Worlds almost all the software are compatible with Windows OS. Nowadays, it comes with the voice features named, Cortana. Trial version of few softwares is pre-installed. All laptops may not come with preinstalled windows. A DOS laptop will need a separate installation and purchase of Windows.

Important note: Not all windows laptop comes with MS Office full version pre-installed.

MAC OS

Comes pre-installed in all Apple laptops. The software and hardware on Mac Book are designed by Apple, providing a great user interface and smooth performance. For any software installation need to be Mac OS compatible. Apple’s own softwares comes pre-installed but softwares like MS Office needs to be purchased and installed separately.

CHROME OS

This OS is available only on Chromebooks and the apps also can be added in it via chrome store. For Chrome OS high quality internet is required to work effectively as it is primarily cloud-based. There are few offline apps are also available in it. Software needs to Chrome OS compatible to install and run on it. Google has added google play store to be added in it in 2016. It has built-in Google’s malware and virus protection.

LINUX

It is an open-source OS commonly used by programmers. It is never advised for normal users. Software should be compatible with Linux distribution.

DOS

The most basic Operating System. No software will operate on the device. User need to install Windows as per their need. No software can run on this until Windows or Linux is not installed.

Additional Features

You should also look for other features depend on your budget and requirement. The other features you can look for can be:

  • Touch Screen

In the world of smart and touch-screen phones, which make the job much easier by simply clicking on the require option. We expect this technology in our laptops as well. It makes the computer interface simpler and efficient. Just like your smartphones, you can select, drag, scroll and do multiple things on your laptop by using yours finger tips. These features are available on few Window laptops and Chromebooks.

  • Fingerprint security

These days everyone wants their data to be secured and on the other hand they want a quick login. Experts have now installed a fingerprint reader on your laptops. It gives you Fingerprint based login when your security is a concern.

  • Backlit Keyboard

Giving a cool look to your laptop and is efficient when you are typing in low-light environment.

  • Fast charging feature

In this fast life we do not want to wait for too long for anything. Though, this feature is effective when you need to charge your laptop in the least amount of time.

We hope the information was useful for you all. For selecting your laptop right now check out our review on Best Budget Laptops in India.

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