Laptops have become a must have piece of technology for many people. Students are using them to help in school. Adults use them to help with everything from their work to everyday lives. And almost everyone seems to be using laptops for entertaining purposes. Laptops are a great way to get many things done. They are lightweight, have batteries that allow them to be used anywhere and are very powerful computers.
A trip to the electronics store to buy a laptop can be very confusing. There are many different types of laptops to consider. They can range in price from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. The number of choices can often cause a person to buy the wrong laptop. Instead of trying to guess at which laptop is right, it is better to learn some basic things that can help determine the right laptop to buy. Here are five things to consider to help you choose the laptop which is right for your needs.
1) Laptop, Netbook, or something else
The first thing to think about is whether you are looking for a laptop or would some other computer device be better. Netbooks and tablets are great if a person is looking for a way to connect to the internet or to use a variety of different apps that are available today. They also tend to be smaller in size, so they tend to be easier to travel with. If your computer needs are less technical, then it may be possible that one of these options will work better than a laptop.
The biggest factor that most people consider is the price. Laptops can be found for under $300, or they can cost over $2,000. Before you start to look for a laptop, think about the budget that you have for the laptop. This will help narrow down the choices. If you are willing to spend more for the laptop, you will often be able to choose laptops that are more powerful.
One thing to beware of when looking at the price is the deals that are added on by many merchandisers. They will try to include things that they claim add value to the laptop. One thing they offer is a free subscription to security software. Security software is essential to a laptop. If you are going to connect to the internet, you need to make sure that you have something that will protect you from viruses, malware and other harmful attacks on your computer. Before you think that the store selling the laptop is giving you something of great value, look at the offer closely.
The security software they are offering will only be good for a limited amount of time. After that you will have to purchase the software on your own. You can download antivirus software like Avg, Immunet, bitdefender, and more that will protect your computer from all forms of viruses. Make sure that you look at the price of the computer and not the additional things that they are trying to package together.
3) Operating System
The two most popular operating systems are Apple and Windows. They have many similarities, but it is often best to go with the operating system that you are most comfortable with. In general, Apple laptops will be more expensive than Windows laptops. There used to be a lot of compatibility issues with Apple computers and Windows computers and the software they used, but that is not as much of a problem today. The choice of which operating system to use is often a personal decision.
Most people think of laptops as small, but there are some that can be very large. Laptop screens can run from Under 13 inches to more than 22 inches. The most common size for a laptop screen is about 15 inches. This is big enough for a person to work on, yet small enough to make it easy to carry the laptop wherever you go. When determining how big a laptop to get, consider how you will use it. If you plan to watch a lot of videos on the laptop, a bigger screen may be in order. If you are going to need this laptop to be more portable, the smaller screen may be better.
It is important to get a laptop that is powerful enough to meet your needs. The power and speed of the computer is a result of the hardware of the laptop. If a laptop is used for gaming or entertainment, it will need to have a better processor and graphics card. If it is going to be used for simpler things, that is not as important.
It is best to make a list of what you want from your laptop. The more that you expect the laptop to do, the more you will usually pay for it. You can use the list of what you want and your budget to go to the store and find the perfect laptop. It will be the one that meets most of your criteria and fits into the price range that you want.
What tips do you have for finding the perfect laptop? What laptops can you recommend to others?
Originally published Feb 06, 2015, updated Aug 12, 2020