10 Things To Consider When Buying a New Laptop

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With so many models to choose from, it can be rather difficult to pick out a new handy laptop. But whether you want a low priced laptop for browsing; a high-end gaming laptop; or an Ultrabook that's slim enough for travelling, there's a perfect laptop for you.

Our laptop buying guide covers everything you need to know before you buy, ranging operating system to screen sizes, and other features and specifications. Use this advice to make sure you get the very best laptop for your needs and budget.

Before you buy, read on for 10 super important factors to consider when buying a new laptop.

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10 Things To Consider When Buying a New Laptop

If your primary concern is portability, then you need to consider a laptop that has a small screen and a light weight. Apple MacBook Air, for instance, is a truly ultra-portable device that's designed to be slim and light in weight. A laptop like Apple's MacBook Air won't cost you less than Rs. 55,000.

10 Things To Consider When Buying a New Laptop

Before you decide your final purchase, make sure you need to figure out how portable you need your laptop to be. The thinnest laptops have 11 to 12-inches screen; laptops with 13 and 14-inche screen sizes are more suitable for watching videos; the laptop with 15-inch screens are usually heavy; and a 17 or 18-inch laptop could be more suitable for gaming.

10 Things To Consider When Buying a New Laptop

This is the most difficult and essential part. There are three main Operating systems (OS) to choose from. Google's Chrome is essentially targeted at kids and young students. It's the simplest OS around, but it can be limited. Windows laptops are widely available in a country like India. They offer a wide range of design choices. Apple OS X, on the other hand, is limited to Apple devices. Notably, Apple's notebooks start at Rs. 55,000.

10 Things To Consider When Buying a New Laptop

It's hard to ignore Intel's Core-based CPUs when buying a new laptop. Core i3-based notebooks are generally found in affordable notebooks, while Core i5/7 occupies the high-end notebook range.

10 Things To Consider When Buying a New Laptop

These days even an entry-level laptop comes with 4GB of RAM. If you get a new system, make sure it comes with at least 8GB of RAM. Gamers should look for 16GB of RAM.

10 Things To Consider When Buying a New Laptop

You won't find hard drives in thin and slim laptops. This is because they can be slow, and produce heat and noise. Instead, manufacturers prefer to use a solid state drive (SSD), which offers more speed than a hard drive.

10 Things To Consider When Buying a New Laptop

When Microsoft launched its Windows 8 OS, a number of manufacturers came up with an idea of 2-in-1 form factor. We've seen a number of "2-in-1″ laptop designs that double as tablets. Lenovo, for instance, is a popular name in this category. The cheapest 2-in-1 laptop - the Acer Aspire One - could be a decent option. It will cost you around Rs. 19,990.

10 Things To Consider When Buying a New Laptop

Generally, a standard notebook comes with a 1366 x 768-pixel resolution However, if you want a laptop with a higher resolution screen, a 1920x1080-pixel resolution should be considered. Laptops with a Full HD resolution cost more than your standard display panel.

10 Things To Consider When Buying a New Laptop

If you type a lot, then in that case you must get a laptop that has a comfortable keyboard. Make sure the keyboard have solid tactile feedback and enough space between the keys. Also check whether the keyboard is backlit, so that you can type even in the dark.

10 Things To Consider When Buying a New Laptop

Make sure you check the rating of the battery in Watt-hours (Wh) or milliamp-hours (mAh). The larger these figures are, the longer the battery can last.

Do you homework before you buy a laptop. Always consider a laptop in keeping your budget and your needs. An average laptop now starts as low as Rs. 14,999 in India.

 

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