For most modern young men & women, a laptop is a small investment. Our IT expert takes you through what you need to consider before or while making this important purchase.

The question most people ask themselves is often this; what brand is the best? Well, let me also ask what brand is the best? What I really think about this depends on your requirements. Obviously, a programmer would need a faster machine with a bigger RAM and Storage capacity than someone who literally just need a laptop for general use. Do you concur?

Having said this, I’ll give you some tips on how to go about acquiring anew machine, then you can choose what you need. Straight to it, consider the following.

  1. CPU

The processor is a very vital part of a computer. Simply put, it’s the brain of the computer. If you use your machine for simple tasks like writing, surfing the web and watching movies, I’d recommend a dual-core processor. For activities like gaming, music and photo editing, use of ‘heavy’ applications like the one used for architectural designs, I recommend you find a laptop with more core. Actually, the more core you have, the better the performance.

Therefore, getting an icore 7 and above will be of great consideration. If you have a lot of money you can look for the latest Intel’s icore 9. Gamers may want to choose the AMD’s Ryzen Mobile CPUs which most of the time is paired with the AMD Vega graphics chipsets. Some laptops like Lenovo G510 come with AMD Radion Graphics.  The issues that come up with the multicores is that the price rises with the number of cores           

  • RAM

Similarly, under RAM the size you need will depend on the extensiveness of what you do with your machine. 2GB RAM machines are generally slow and may tend to hang when you open multiple applications, therefore, not helpful at all for a multi-tasker. They even hang when you open an extensive memory consuming application.

Interesting though, several chrome tabs can make this machine misbehave so stay away from them. 4GB RAM enabled machines are quite faster than their 2GB counterparts. For general purposes, daily routine activities and multitasking like listening to music, typing and browsing at the same time, this is an excellent choice.

However, if you need greater performance, like gaming, and running RAM extensive applications like, Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator you may opt for lager memories like 8GB or 16GB RAM enabled laptops which are quite far expensive than the lower memory capacities. You should know too that the more the RAM processing, the more battery is drained over time.

  • Screen

The size of the screen matters depending on what you plan to do with your laptop. This, however, does not depend on the size of the RAM or ROM of a laptop. Laptop sizes start from 11.6-inches to 17.3-inches. HP brands tend to begin from 13.3 inches, 15.6-inches and 17.3 inches. So if portability is your number one priority, you’ll have to settle for ‘less’,  go for the smaller sized laptops like HP Gaming Pavilion 15-dk0046nrs. Such laptops tend to be thinner and are lightweights of about 1kg to 1.5 kgs.

If you’d want to use multiple programs simultaneously then choose a laptop with a screen resolution of 1920X1080 pixels. Otherwise, if you consider portability as a priority then I’d recommend you choses the 11-13-inch Ultrabook’s.

  • Storage

The amount of storage space in the Hard Disk or simply Hard Disk capacity matters a lot because this where you will store your files. A 500GB Hard disk capacity is not bad, so a person who does normal things such as storing simple documents should go for this. If you are planning to open a video shop however, you need large storage mediums past 1TB. You may also opt to use external storage mediums like external HDDs or flash disks. Solid state drives are the current norms anyway because unlike hard disks they use less power and are less noisy.

  • Connectivity

Here I’ll give you a straight up advice, while buying a laptop ensure you’re getting a laptop with USB 3.0 ports. Later ports are slow, and you can always realize that while copying files to a storage medium like a flash disk. I also recommend that you confirm that the laptop has an SD card slot.

Using the above factors I’m certain you now can make an informed decision on what type of laptop you need and can majestically walk to a laptop store and give descriptions of the laptop you want.

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