How to choose a laptop : Buying guide
There are many people who remain confused as to how to pick the right laptop which fulfills their requirement. Choosing a laptop is a difficult task as there are many makers in the industry who offer great laptops from low, medium to high level. However, depending upon your needs, you have to choose the proper laptop. Yet, there are several things which you need to consider before selecting and buying a laptop.
- Features which you are looking for
- Basic requirements or high level tasks are to be done through a laptop
- Looks, performance or both
- Battery back up
- Size, processor, RAM and storage
- Portable or not
These are few things which you required to finalize before planning to buy a laptop. If you want a laptop which could facilitate you with big tasks such as operating photoshop, video editing software, or other bulky software, then you need a high-performance device. For basic tasks such as running Microsoft word and browsing, a low range laptop is more than enough. However, never forget to check battery back up and portability as you may need to carry your laptop along with you.
Read further to know which type of laptop is suitable for you. We have categorized different groups of users such as students, home or small office users, and professionals or business travelers.
1. Users who are students :
Students always require laptops or computers to complete their projects and other works. Well, apart from playing games, chatting with friends, listening to music, and watching movies, students do require a laptop no matter whether they are from school level or colleges. In fact, there are many teenagers who learn different software and to support those software, you have to provide your children with a good quality laptop. They always need a laptop to browse, edit their documents and prepare their study materials or reports. However, if not a high level device, you can provide them with a normal laptop which could easily enable them to complete their projects and other study related tasks.
Good Choice : for students, a good choice would be of buying a netbook at reasonable price. Opt for single or dual core processor like Intel Atom. 1-2 GB RAM is more than enough to handle most of the functionality. You can consider MSI Wind Netbook or Samsung NP-NC 110. HDD 160-320 GB is fine for storage and your children would enjoy working on their new laptops which can be carried anywhere as the weight is just 1kg. The only problem which your children could face is its small screen – basically 10 to 13 inches without optical drive. Well, we recommend you to go with 13 inches laptop.
Well, this drawback can also be easily sorted out as laptops these days come with VGA port and HDMI which enable you to hook this small device to a big LCD monitor or screen. To save more money, install an unpaid operating system or else you can even download a free OS like Linux.
Price : INR 13,000 to 24,000
2. Users at home or small offices :
Those planning to buy a laptop for browsing purposes can also go with 13 inches of netbook. Other than this, to run different software, editing tasks, or preparing budgeting spreadsheets for small businesses or houses, you may require a faster dual or quad core processor. 2 to 4 GB of RAM is required along with 320 to 500 GB of hard disk drive.
Good Choice : Users can even think of buying an Acer Aspire series or Lenovo IdeaPad series which offer good performance and suits their requirements as well. Remember that if your HDD is in a range of 5,400 to 7,200 rpm, then your laptop processes the tasks faster like data can be transferred quickly. The high the rpm is the best the speed for copying files and booting up will be. You can also pick up a laptop with 15 to 17 inches of screen if you want to watch videos and play games.
Price : Such laptops will be available at a price range between INR 30,000 and 65,000.
3. Professional users or business travelers :
Professional users always require a high-end laptop to complete their work effectively. Moreover, business travelers demand ultra-portable laptops to carry with them wherever they go. Besides, high level of features is required in the laptop to perform every task at ease. Quad core processor, 4 GB of RAM and is upgradable are required to suit the demands. Optical drive along with DVD writer also becomes significant for such users so that they burn the data on DVDs and send directly to their clients and other staff. Users also demand bigger screen such as 14 to 16 inches which are sufficient for comfortable reading. With this, an integrated graphic card will just work perfectly. Moreover, users can also think of buying a laptop with separate card of 512 MB or 1 GB.
Good Choice : Here you can think of going with an ultra-portable laptop with less weight than a kilogram. You can choose TravelMate from Acer or Latitude from Dell. These netbooks have faster processor. If you want to carry your laptop most often then avoid choosing laptops which have glossy screens, making readability difficult due to sunlight.
Price : Expect the range from INR 35,000 to 75,000. Ultra-portable laptops will be available at a price range of INR 55,000 to 1.2 lakh.
4. Users who are photographers or gamers :
Users who are gamers or photographers require great-performance laptops which can easily run heavy-duty software as well as games. For this, you need top computing power. Therefore, faster processor, Intel’s i7 core processor, and graphic card (GE Force N260 from NVIDIA) are some of the basic requirements or you can say are necessary. At least, the memory should be of 1 GB. If you are ready to shell out enough money for such laptops then think of getting a solid state drive (SSD) in place of HDD.
SSDs are quite expensive and provide less space, but they are considerably faster and durable than the HDDs. Your laptop in this case should feature 4 GB of RAM, DDR3 memory which is faster than DDR2, and 1,066 MHz of clock speed in place of 667 MHz.
Good Choice : The best choice in this range is only Apple’s MacBook Pro series which provide ultimate performance, ultra-portability and striking looks.
Price : you have to shell out INR 70,000 to 1.3 lakh to get such high-end laptops.
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