Planning to buy a laptop in the age of smartphones and tablets? Well, it is certainly a great idea and in fact, equally essential as well. Smartphones and tablets provide accessibility to the Internet and your online world but when it comes to working online, laptops and personal computers serve the purpose dutifully. For choosing between the two, laptop can be carried across anywhere you go while personal computer is apt for those who do not need to travel with their data, frequently or infrequently.
But before you buy, a few guidelines could ensure you land up making the right choice of laptop as per your requirement –
Purpose of the Laptop – This one is indeed crucial and for zeroing down, you need to ask yourself these questions –
· Single use or multiple use by other family members
· Type of work – text, graphics, online video or gaming
· Likely to carried out of home for travel?
According to the responses you give, you can go for a decent screen sized laptop if it going to be used by the entire family and remain at home. However, if you are the only one using it and likely to carry it around you can go for a small screen sized laptop which is slightly inexpensive too.
Battery Life – Yet another important point which you cannot ignore as without a long lasting battery, you work is likely to be hampered quite frequently especially if you like working around the rooms of your house. Beginning with a minimum battery life requirement of up to 4 hours, you could go out for laptops with battery life of up to 6 – 7 hours to be on the safe side, in case you need to travel with them once in a while too. Again here, if you love watching audio video content on your laptop then the power is going to be consumed quite fast. For ascertaining the actual battery performance, we suggest you check out user reviews both offline and online along with that mentioned in the manufacturer’s manual.
Key Specifications of the Laptop
Though, you could not be a techie person but basic knowledge about the specifications of a laptop could prove helpful in making the right purchase decision relating to your laptop. The specifications – hard drive, RAM, CPU, graphics chip are again linked to your productivity pattern.
CPU – It’s advisable to go for the 4th generation CPU which promises decent performance as well as battery life provided your basic use of the laptop relates to surfing and accessing social media networks but for gaming and multi tasking, you need to opt for a CPU with higher specification.
RAM – Most laptops are fitted with 4GB RAM as a norm but it is safer to opt for 8GB RAM and stay well equipped for multi tasking and high end applications which could be available in the future.
Hard Drive – Hard Drives are very much essential to store your data but if you go for one with 5,400-rpm unit with at least 320GB space or more. However, you could go for SSD which perform at faster speeds but are expensive comparatively.
Other factors which are equally important include screen size, display, graphics chip, optical drives and more. And of course, if you are based in India then laptop prices in India prove to be of paramount importance when buying them. Yet another valuable tip which you can bear in mind is to compare prices of laptops both online as well offline before going ahead with the purchase.