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Top 7 things to consider when buying a new laptop

Top 7 things to consider when buying a new laptop

Which laptop should I buy, please recommend one. Which is the best laptop? Which brand to buy? What should be the specifications on the laptop? What to look or consider when buying a laptop? These are the lots of queries that usually we make when buying a new laptop.

There’s actually no obvious answer to all these questions. No matter your price category or brand-specific or spec-specific, you will get lots of options, and there is no single best laptop that is proven to be 100 % perfect made for you. Its because there is no single kind of user, no single kind of top best laptop for all.

Choices differ, brand differs, the user purpose differs, so the best option is, you look after the quality and set of criteria before buying a laptop. So here I have mention some of the basic criteria you should look after before buying any new laptop.

Things to Consider When buying a new laptop

  1. Size
  2. Screen quality
  3. Keyboard quality
  4. CPU
  5. RAM
  6. Storage
  7. Battery life

#1. Size

When it comes to laptops, size matters.

Depending on the purpose of what you plan to be doing with y our laptop, you will want to make sure than the size you pick of the laptop is the right fit for you. Size isn’t the replaceable or upgradable thing that you can replace it later. So it’s the thing you should know before you buy a laptop, choose wisely.

A laptop generally sizes from 11.6 inches to 17.3 inches. Most popular brands offer display sizes like 13.3 inch, 15.6 inch and 17.3 inches.

Choose the portable laptops, which is thin as well as smaller sized windows laptop. If I had to recommend go for the 12.5 inches to 13.3 inches laptops which generally weight 1 kg and 1.5 kg. It will be good and portable too to carry.

#2. Screen quality

Since you will probably end up staring at your laptop screens hours at a time, you had to make sure you get a screen that is comfortable to look and use.

To the next thing, you should know whether you want to buy a touch screen or a general one. These days touchscreen is common which makes tasks easier. Unfortunately, the touch screen is glossy in nature and they lead to reflections. This is bad if you are gaming, editing content, or designing video content. Also, touchscreens are sensitive and you have to handle with more care. For these reasons, you might want to consider a laptop that doesnt have a touchscreen.

If you want plenty of space to line up windows and keep things in view you should consider buying a 1920 *1080-pixel resolution laptops.

Select modern laptops now offer 4k resolutions but they are way too costly that everyone cannot afford.

If you are a gaming person you should also check the refresh rate on display. A faster refresh rate can often provide a competitive advantage in online games, it provides a smoother and responsive play experience.

Lastly, viewing angles are very important thing you should consider. Buy the laptop that has widest viewing angles, so a laptop with an IPS display will be better.

#3. Keyboard quality

A good keyboard is a must because it’s a very basic thing that we do on our laptops i.e typing. For long typing sessions, you will need a comfortable keyboard.

Consider a keyboard that has a comfortable layout with full-sized keys and some space around the arrow keys. The keys should be snappy responsive and have adequate travel on the downstroke.

These days laptops come with backlit, its very cool and also useful for dimly lit environments. So, it’s better if you consider when buying a laptop about this feature.

#4. CPU

When buying a laptop it’s hard to go past any of Intel’s core-based CPUs. Think Core i3, core i5, and Core i7. An intel core processor no doubt provides the best performance for multimedia tasks and multitasking.

Core i3 based notebooks are generally entry-level systems, core i5 makes the majority of mainstream computers and core i7 provides the best performance.

Core i7 comes with the heating base which is the thing you should consider if you plan to actually use the laptop on your lap a lot of time.

These days laptops incorporate with Intels i9 core processors which is way more powerful than i7. Buy the laptop that comforts you and your budget.


In older days, you rarely needed more than 4 GB of RAM or more to get the best out of your system, but these days it’s different.

You probably want 8 GB as a minimum or more to 16 GB of you are power users. Meanwhile, gamers should look at 32 GB if they want the best experience laptops.

More RAM allows for more applications to run at a single time and more data to be quickly accessible by the system at a time, So, this makes your work handy while programming, designing, or any multi taskings.

So better think of the RAM you choose according to the tasks you want to do or the purpose of buying a laptop.

#6. Storage

Hard drives used to be all the rage for us before but these days they have most out of favor. Especially for thin and light laptops, they are not of use. This is because they are bulky, produce noticeable heat and noise and they also can be slow.

An SSD, on the other hand, offers a lot more speed than a hard drive, runs silently, and can be replaceable later or installed ina form factor. It also doesnt add much weight and bulky. So, these days most laptops have SSDs.However, they are more expensive than hard drives. YOu will either get a 128 GB, 256 Gb, or 512 GB in size which costs more than 1 TB hard drives or 2 TB hard drives.

#7. Battery life

Manufacturer-quoted battery life is almost never indicative of what real-world experience of using a laptop is like. They are simply too many factors that affect the battery life of your laptop. There is screen brightness, background data, screen resolution, number of tasks running and so on that affect your battery life.

The OS system also plays a major role. If you run programs that needs lots of processing streams a lot of online videos, play intensive graphics games, your battery will drain a lot sooner.

While buying a laptop you must definitely look after battery performance or capacity, but the battery will perform as your task or depends only on you how you consume it.

Conclusion: Meet your budget and needs

At last, all I want you to say is balance out all the above features and things mentioned here and buy the laptop. There’s no specific thing like you consider when buying a laptop, but it depends. You might have to make lots of compromises according to your budget but think twice before, because the laptop we buy most be sustainable and good.

Let us know in the comments below if you consider other aspects of laptops and if you have found out already a perfect laptop for your needs.

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