How To Settle For The Best PC And Laptop That Meet Your Needs
Shopping for a new laptop can be a daunting task when you put into consideration the myriad options available to choose from in today’s computer market. There exist a wide array of computer brands up for grabs in any computer shop, and each comes with its different fascinating options. Computer buyers, therefore, tend to face a major challenge of knowing which laptop is best to take home.
Plainly put, the best laptop to settle for at any time is simply that laptop which meets your current usage need. Since laptops differ in their overall functionality, size, weight, etc., the one question you should answer to before hitting the computer store to make that purchase is “what do I need a computer for?”
Having solved that puzzle, let us examine some basics that you need to consider when purchasing that laptop or PC that will perfectly meet your needs.
- Screen size
Laptops come in a variety of screen sizes ranging from about 11 to 17 inches. You should consider what screen size you want in a laptop, as its display would have a direct effect on how well it can run multiple windows at once. However, you should also know that the bigger the screen of a computer, the lower its portability, and the lesser its battery life.
- Battery life
One of the merits that a laptop has over a desktop PC is the ease of carrying and using it when not plugged to a power source. If you happen to have a very busy, always-on-the-move lifestyle, this would mean less time of having your laptop connected to a power source. This would imply the battery life of that laptop should be considered before you finally settle for it.
The longer the battery life, the better suitable it is for work when not plugged to power. A laptop with a battery life of about 5 hours should be a good start.
Laptops have grown from just simple document processors to being multi-functional gadgets. The average computer has hundreds of documents, videos, music and much more stored on it. Storage should, therefore, be duly put into consideration when making that purchase decision.
It is simple arithmetic that the larger the storage of a computer, the more data it would accommodate. It is, however, worth knowing that aside just storage size, there are currently two kinds of computer storage available to choose from.
There is the conventional HDD (Hard Disk Drive), and the SSD (Solid State Drive) which is a more recent technology. Being more recent, computers that come fitted with SSDs are faster than those with conventional HDD and are also more expensive.
A computer with an SSD storage system would, therefore, be a better pick when compared to one with an HDD.
- Laptop weight
Weight may not initially seem to a valid factor to consider when picking out a laptop until you discover how tedious it could be carrying a heavy laptop around all day. Also, the weight of a laptop determines to a very large extent its overall portability; and this simply means portability should be ticked on your laptop consideration checklist.
A category of laptops known as ‘ultrabooks’ are known for being unimaginably light and slim, therefore, placing them high on the laptop-portability ranking. Nonetheless, it should be known that portability, coupled with top-notch capability, would have a bearing on the cost of the laptop.
- Computer RAM
RAM which represents Random Access Memory, should be a major check before you settle for any laptop. Your computer RAM is like the work table of your computer, and if it isn’t large enough, it would hamper the speed at which tasks can be carried out with your laptop.
Large RAM implies that you can simultaneously run several applications, open multiple browsers, and keep multitasking without the annoying lags that come with slow running computers. A 2GB RAM is suggested as the minimum when getting a computer. Depending on what kind of tasks and programs you intend running on your laptop, larger RAM sizes such as 4GB and 8GB could be a better choice.
However, irrespective of the attractive capacities of excellently performing computer listed above, your available budget still remains a major determinant of what comes with your computer. Nonetheless, the good news is that the increasing competition among desktop and laptop brands is gradually paving the way for a more affordable and excellently performing computers. And this is an indication that you will find that suitable computer or laptop that excellently meet your need irrespective of your budget.