When shopping for laptop, people nowadays tend to look at all the advanced features at comparatively low price. The laptop should be compact, easy to carry and be able to run the newest applications. For those who are engrossed in laptop for office as well as personal work, they generally look for features that are compatible with both purposes. The laptop continues to be a vital part of our lives even if we are dependent on handy mobile devices. From typing research paper to developing an app or to develop a new game, people still feel comfortable to work with a laptop.
So, what should be the right laptop for you? There are a wide variety of sizes, features and configurations that set the price of the laptop. Let’s look at some of the basic features that will help you in deciding the right laptop for you.
The Platform: Mac, Windows, Chrome OS
Windows: Windows is compatible with almost all the models manufactured by the companies except Apple. The price range varies from below $150 to several thousand dollars, depending on the brand, features and processor. There are many models that have touchscreen features and can even read fingerprints. The Windows 10 system offers the users to switch from desktop to tablet mode and vice-versa. From dual graphics chips to the digital assistant Cortana, there are many advanced features that ease the work process of the users. The Start menu is a vast improvement from the previous versions of Windows and comes with live titles. The users can their email in their mother tongue and can use the stylus to write almost anywhere.
Mac: The newly released MacBook of Apple come with the macOS High Sierra. The interface of the Mac OS differs from Windows 10 but offers many similar features. The interface includes an apps dock in the place of the Windows taskbar. The Mac users are assisted with the digital assistant Siri. The operating system allows the users to conduct transactions with Apple Pay, unlock their MacBook with an Apple Watch. The users can use their MacBook to take incoming calls and texts from their iPhone. Apple has not yet developed a touch-friendly macOS yet.
Chrome OS: The Chromebooks are comparatively less expensive than Windows 10 and macOS but have more limitations. Samsung Chromebook 3 is one such instance that provides a simple and secure Google OS. The interface is quite similar to Windows and features a desktop, an application menu. The users can also drag windows around. However, the main app is Chrome browser and many “web apps” do not always work properly offline. Modern versions like Google PixelBook have the ability to run several Android apps. Chromebooks usually offer high battery power at comparatively low prices and are highly portable. When looking for a Chromebook, select one with at least 4GB RAM, 16GB storage, 1920 x 1080 resolution.
Nowadays, for the ease of transport, many laptop models are categorized as 2-in-1 or hybrid devices. The users can use these devices as a tablet as well as a laptop. There are two types of 2-in-1s—detachable screens where the keyboard comes off completely and laptops with hinges that can bend 360 degrees. If the requirement of using it in tablet mode, is not too much then the advice would be to choose a traditional styled laptop.
The Right Size
Laptops come in the range of 11 inches to 18 inches currently. The 11- to 12-inch laptops are usually the lightest and hardly weigh 2.5-3.5 pounds. The 13- to 14-inch laptops provide the best balance and can be easily carried. They usually weigh less than 4 pounds and have good battery life. The 15-inch range size is currently the most popular trend and weigh between 4.5 and 6.5 pounds. If the user is in the requirement of a larger screen, then this would be a better choice. The 17- to 18-inch are more fitted to play high-end games and are usually not meant for regular transport.
The Processor, RAM, Hard Drive, etc.
Intel Core i7 consist of four cores that lets the user experience faster gaming and productivity. Core i7 that has an ‘8’ in the tag is part of 8th Generation Core Series, Intel’s latest. They perform better and consume less power. Currently, users can purchase 8th Gen processors only with the U series. The previous generations include Core i7 and Core i3. The price gets higher with the latest versions of Intel processor. Lower priced options include AMD A, FX, E series, Intel Pentium and Intel Celeron. Intel Xeon is highly expensive and is a part of large workstations. They are more suitable for 3D modelling, professional-grade engineering and video editing. Laptops with 2GB RAM usually cost below $250. The real deal is to get 16GB RAM while 4GB RAM models are more popular because of their affordability. As for hard drive, 500GB and 1TB are more popular currently.
Other feature when choosing a laptop includes keyboard, a good touchpad, and display (1920×180, 2560×1600, 3200×1800, and 3840×2160). High-end graphic chips like GTX 1070 or 1080 are good for high-resolution video editing. A good deal would be a laptop with advanced features and high battery life at an affordable rate.