Picking a laptop can be confusing at times. On one hand, you would want to go for the killer ergonomics but on the other, you would want practicality. Same as everything in life, when you have many choices, it will be difficult to choose the best and most probably it will involved more than 7 simple steps listed below.
What to look for
When you are near to buying a laptop stage, you will likely hear some good and bad stories about certain brands. Those stories are based on individual preference and level of expectation. While some bad stories may be true, not all users will have the same problem using the same laptop. There’s no such thing as bad or perfect manufacturer. Below is a listing to consider when buying a laptop.
For me, this is the most important aspect to consider when I’m considering which laptop is the best. I may be considered as a road warrior, so, battery life means productivity to me. Take notice that most manufacturers will indicate a longer battery life but this may be the lowest possible settings like the processor is not running on full speed. Ensure what the standard battery usage life when using the laptop in full power modes.
Warranty is another important factor to consider when buying a laptop. How many months is offered by the manufacturer? How about International warranty? The warranty offered covers hardware and software? Type of warranty – on site pick up or send in warranty? How much does it costs for extended warranty? This may not be an issue for all users but it’s worth taking some effort to find out.
Despite some manufacturers priced their laptop very low prices, you get what you paid for. Nicer, slimmer laptops often costs more. Try to choose a laptop with an overall score on comfort, design, size, performance and etc.
There are many type of laptop screen available on the market right now. The latest introduction is LED (Light-emitting diode) screen followed by the ever popular LCD (Liquid Crystal Display). LED screen is sharper and supposed to lasts longer than LCD but the price is higher compares to conventional laptop with LCD screens. Next to look out for is screen size. There are many type of sizes available, from as small as 10″ to as large as 16″ or more. Choose a size which you are comfortable using and serve your needs. If you are like me, a road warrior, I would never go for screen size bigger than 14″ and nothing smaller than 12″. If you want portability but at the same time working long hours from one location, you can choose bigger screens.
Hard drives have and always will be an important factor to think about. Imagine you have less than 10 gigabyte in your hard drive and more data is coming your way to store. Even external hard drive is a chore sometimes because you need time to transfer your data. If you are a heavy user for pictures, video and other materials that requires big storage, choosing a 500 gigabyte hard drive may not be a luxury item anymore. Always get the maximum size hard drive.
If you are into presentations and meetings most of the time, it will be wise to choose a laptop with the loudest built-in speakers. Most of the time, using external speakers is messy with cables and not to mention the extra weight you have to carry with you all the time.
Size / Weight:
Not all laptops with the same screen size and type has the same weight. Shop around for the lightest weight with the battery installed. Larger displays, bulky laptop casings and other integrated components will contribute to the weight of a laptop.
And the winner is…the Future!
Always choose the best laptop that suits your need according to your budget. You would not want to buy something that can only lasts you for 2 years. Consider components like processors, graphic card and optical drive are difficult to upgrade. Desktop computers are way easier to upgrade but lacks of portability. It is important to plan ahead with laptops and to plan to buy another in the future.