Buying New Laptop? TIPS FOR YOU! How to choose a better Laptop?
Saturday 30 November 2013

Buying New Laptop? TIPS FOR YOU! How to choose a better Laptop?

There are few things to keep in mind while you are going to buy a laptop. Many things matters and each point is very important. You definitely Google on different laptops and you end up confused which one to buy. The Brand name is what you think on initially, but don’t ever fall for the competitions by the Brands. In our 2013 Best and Worst Laptop Brands report, Apple placed first, followed by Lenovo and ASUS.

Let me discuss few features you must know while rushing to the store.

Selection of OS is one of the most important factor in a laptop, windows notebooks are generally more affordable and offer a much wider range of design choices from more than a dozen major vendors. Apple’s MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros offer an easy-to-use operating system in OS X Mountain Lion. MacBooks offer iOS-like features such as Launch Pad for your apps, superior multitouch gestures, and Auto Save and Resume so you can pick up on your work right where you left off. Apple makes it easier to find and install programs with the Mac App Store. Unlike Apple, Microsoft and its partners allow users to buy notebooks with touch screens, as well as convertible designs that let you easily transform from notebook to tablet mode. Windows notebooks will be good for business people with features such as biometric and smartcard verification and Intel vPro systems management.

SPECIFICATIONS IN DETAILS
Notebook specs such as CPU, hard drive, RAM and graphics chip can confuse even notebook aficionados. You just need to make initially a list of things you want to do with your laptop. More intensive tasks such as 3D gaming and HD video-editing require more expensive components.

 

CPU : The least expensive laptops on the market have AMD E Series or Intel Pentium CPUs. Don’t settle for less than an Intel Core i3 CPU or AMD A Series. Intel Core i5 CPU is capable of increasing its clock speed dynamically when more performance is needed. If more power consumption is expected Core i7 system is preferable, a quad-core chip.

 

RAM The cheapest notebooks have 4GB have nowadays.

 

Hard Drive A fast drive is important than a large one as many prefer it now, because movies and games need more space, a 320GB should provide more than enough space, but 500GB or 750GB drives usually don’t cost much more.

 

Flash Cache Notebooks come with 8, 16 or 32GB flash caches you can use to increase performance. A flash cache will help boost load and boot times while allowing you to store all your data on a large hard drive.

 

Display Most budget and mainstream notebooks come with 1366 x 768-pixel resolutions. Choosing a laptop with a higher pixel count 1600 x 900 or 1920 x 1080 is best.

 

Touch Screen Windows 8 is simply best with a touch screen, but if your laptop is not a hybrid with a bendable screen, you can probably live without it. Touch screens are economical these days, so its better to prefer touch screen as difference between the prices of normal and touch screen is just narrow.

 

Graphics Chip Discrete graphics processor from AMD or Nvidia will provide better performance when it comes to the most-demanding games. Plus, a good GPU can accelerate video playback on sites such as Hulu, as well as speed up video editing.
As with CPUs there are both high- and low-end graphics chips. Nvidia maintains a list of its graphics chips from low to high end as does AMD. In general, workstations and gaming notebooks will have the best GPUs, including dual graphics on the most expensive systems.

 

DVD/Blu-ray Drives Fewer and fewer laptops these days come with optical drive

 

Right Size Size matters a lot, now people opt for thinnest and lightest laptops. The thinnest and lightest systems around have 11- to 12-inch screens and typically weigh 3 to 3.5 pounds. However, at this size, the screen and keyboard will be a bit too cramped for some users. But handy to carry is also important. Laptops with 13- or 14-inch screens usually weigh between 3.5 and 4.5 pounds and fit easily on your lap while still providing generously sized keyboards and screens. Portability and system requirements both matters for smart users.

15-inch laptops are usually quite bulky and heavy at 5 to 6.5 pounds, but also cost the least, but seems like these laptops provide with good performance than the light and thin ones. So if you don’t want to carry all around, a 15-inch system could be a good deal for you. Some 15-inch models have DVD drives, but you’ll save weight if you skip it.

Option for users if you don’t carry it at all, a 17- or 18-inch system could provide you with the kind of processing power you need to play high-end games or do workstation-level productivity. Because of their girth, laptops this size can pack in high-voltage quad-core CPUs, power-hungry graphics chips and multiple storage drives.

 

Keyboard and Touchpad Touchpad is preferred nowadays by most people but still the conventional keyboard is also preferred by many. If you’re shopping for a Windows 8 notebook, test the touchpad to make sure that gestures don’t activate accidentally as you get close to the edges. Apple and Lenovo offer the best keyboards and touchpads. Dell and HP are generally pretty reliable in this category, too.

 

Battery Life Battery life is another important factor; everybody opts for a long battery life system. A 15-inch notebook, look for at least 4 hours of endurance. To determine a notebook’s expected battery life, read third-party results from objective sources. Rather than taking the manufacturer’s word for it. Your actual battery life will vary depending on your screen brightness and what tasks you perform, like if you are more into videos and games then don’t expect your laptop to run for a long time.

 

Looking into the wallet $350 to $600: under $600, you can get a notebook with an Intel Core i5 or AMD A8 CPU, 4 to 8GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive, all respectable specs. However, at this price point, most notebooks have cheap plastic chassis, low-res screens and weak battery life.

$600 to $800: As you get above $600, you’ll start to see more premium designs, such as metal finishes You may also be able to get a screen with a resolution that’s 1600 x 900 or higher and a flash cache.

Above $800: At this price range, expect notebooks that are more portable, more powerful or both. Expect higher resolution screens, faster processors and possibly discrete graphics. The lightest, longest-lasting ultraportable like the MacBook Air and Lenovo ThinkPad X1 carbon tend to cost more than $1,000. High-end gaming systems and mobile workstations usually cost upward of $1,500 or even as much as $2,500 or $3,000.

We all know that, the brand is a big matter when buy a Laptop. I am not writing anything about that. I recommend you to review the brand, customer care facility, maintenance service, etc…

When you made the decision about Laptop model, I strongly recommend you to read online reviews about that model…

I know I may missed Some features / specifications. If you have anything to tell, Comment it please. You can comment your tips and suggesions here. It will help others.