How to Easily Find A Great Laptop for You

How to Easily Find A Great Laptop for You

Which laptop should you buy? Which operating system should you go for? These are some of the many questions that linger through many people’s minds when purchasing a new laptop or upgrading to a more recent version. These are not questions with clear, obvious answers. With the different price category ranges, there are many kinds of laptops to choose from. Whether you’re a loyal fan of Mac or Windows, you should know what to look for when you’re purchasing your next laptop. There’s a wide variety of specs, sizes, prices, and features, which makes choosing your next laptop a challenge. Let’s dive in and look at some tips to getting the best laptop for you.

1.  Choose a Platform: Windows, Chrome, or Mac OS?

While this is not an easy question to answer, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the different platforms, knowing which platform suits you best play a significant role in deciding on your next purchase. According to this website, there is always a perfect option for everyone regardless of their needs and how they intend to use laptops concerning the different platforms. Many laptops come with either one of three operating systems: Chrome OS, macOS (for MacBook only), or Windows. Here’s a quick review of what each platform offers.

●    Windows

This is one of the most flexible operating systems available globally. Windows is available on many laptop models than macOS or Chrome OS and is a flagship from tech giant Microsoft. Windows OS ranges with different versions, with Windows 10 being the latest. The price of Windows laptops varies from one manufacturer to another, with prices from as little as $140 to several thousand dollars with a wide array of features from fingerprint readers to touch screens. Windows machines are great for researchers, business users, and students. Windows machines also stand out with gamers due to the availability of better and faster processing power.

●    macOS

macOS is only available on Apple laptops known as MacBook. macOS offers an almost similar function to Windows but with a different graphical user interface (GUI). What you should note, however, is that most Apple flagship devices are expensive, so be prepared to dig deeper into your pocket if you are aiming for a MacBook. macOS isn’t made for touch since MacBook’s don’t come with a touch screen. What stands out with MacOS is simplicity, security, and better user experience (UX).

●    Chrome OS

This is an operating system designed and made by tech giant Google. Chrome OS is secure and straightforward, but more limited than macOS or Windows. The user interface runs on the Chrome browser and is designed for Chromebooks such as the high-end Google Pixel Book or the Samsung Chromebook 3 that can run Android apps. When going for this type of OS, it is essential to note that many of the web apps you use don’t work well, particularly offline.

2.  Form-Factor and Size

Depending on what you plan to do with your laptop, size matters when it comes to laptops, so be sure to pick the right size for you. Size isn’t like the ROM or RAM that you can change later, so be sure to choose wisely. Many laptop sizes start at 11.6-inches to 17.3-inches. Leading laptop brands like HP, Dell, or Asus tend to offer three display sizes: 13.3-inch, 15.6-inch, and 17.3-inches. If you are the type that wants a portable laptop, then consider going for a smaller-sized notebook that is light and easy to carry. What you should note is that smaller-sized laptops don’t support the same high-end Intel Core CPUs or graphics with their 15.6 or 17.3-inches counterparts. Also, smaller-sized laptops offer a less-robust selection of ports. Some users need something light and portable while other users go for something with discrete graphics for running games or video editing. Once you’ve worked out the size aspect, then it becomes easier to choose the other factors.

3.  Be Sure to Check the Keyboard and Touchpad

Checking on the keyboard and touchpad means that you’ve set yourself on good ergonomics. If you are the type that plans to do lots of work on your laptop, then make sure the keyboard offers plenty of key travel (the distance the key goes down when pressed, usually 1-2mm), reliable tactile feedback, and enough space between keys. Be sure to look for an accurate touchpad that responds to multitouch gestures and one which doesn’t give you a jumpy cursor.

While we may not have covered everything, other factors that stand out when deciding on a laptop include:

  • Budget
  • Battery life
  • Brand
  • Specs
  • CPU/Processor

With the few tips we have covered, you’re now set up for your next purchase. So go out and explore what laptops have to offer.

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