Things to consider before buying a laptop

Gaurav Areng
·5-min read

With the pandemic taking over the World, life has made a drastic shift towards the digital realm. Everyone’s flocking to upgrade/purchase electronics to help them keep up with the new world. As with anything, there are a million options out there for electronics. The tough part is choosing the right one!
This could be fun if you’re a techie and understand the lingo, but what if you’re not? How do you pick then?

We’ve got you covered with a guide to help you pick the right devices.

Decide your usage requirements:

This is the most important stage of the decision-making process and it will ultimately decide how happy you are with your purchase. The more specific and accurate you are about your usage requirements for the laptop, the better your decision will get.

The way you intend to use your laptop can make a mountain of difference to the features you need to focus on. For e.g. a gamer would look for good graphics and processor while a student just looking to use the laptop for work might not require the graphics card.

Decide your budget:

Knowing how much you want to and can afford to pay for the device is very important. If you don’t know that, you can easily get swayed away by the numerous to spend much more than you can afford and then realise that you didn’t need most of these features.

Display specifications:

Try and understand how big you want your screen to be and what screen resolution you’d require. When it comes to the screen size, there are numerous options and you can pick whatever meets your needs. When it comes to screen resolution, the higher the screen resolution, the better your visual experience would be.

Operating System:

We’ve all been using some electronics or the other for a while now. Each of these devices come with their own Operating System and over time, you tend to get more comfortable with a particular format. It’s best to know and choose the Operating System you want for your laptop as it will tell you how much time you’ll take to adjust to the new device and will also impact connectivity and other things.

The choice for the Operating System is between the following:

  • Windows OS (Most commonly used and compatible OS)

  • Mac OS (Exclusive to Apple)

  • Chrome OS (Exclusive to Chromebooks)

  • Linux OS (Less user friendly than Windows or any of the above OS. Recommended for programmers but not normal users)

  • DOS (This would require you to install Windows or Linux on your device in addition to the DOS)

    Performance:

One of the most key components for comparison of devices is the performance. Performance includes:

  • Processor (This is the brain of the laptop and determines how powerful your laptop’s performance and delivery will be. The better the RAM, the higher the device performance.)

  • RAM (RAM power helps determine how well you can multitask on your device without it slowing down too much or hanging. Again, the better the RAM storage, the more powerful your device’s performance will be)

  • Internal Memory (Internal Memory is the storage available to you to save your data on the device without having to purchase external storage cards/drives. We recommend getting at least 512GB Storage)

  • Battery (Battery life of laptops on average ranges from 4-8 hours and determines how long you can work without being plugged in at the desk.)

  • Graphics (As mentioned earlier, for most users having powerful graphics cards is not required because their work is routine in nature. But for gamers, designers, graphic designers, etc., they need to ensure they have a good graphics card that can support the games and software they intend to use).

    Connectivity:

Another key focus area is connectivity. The better the device connectivity, the more convenient it is to use your device. The ports will determine which and how many devices can you connect to your laptop at once. It is important to ensure that the laptop has enough ports to let you connect at least a few devices all the time depending on your usage between – Hard drive, Pen drive, Earphones, Projectors, TFT Screens, Mouse, Keyboard, etc.

Design:

The design features focus on how the laptop will look. These are primarily aesthetic in nature.

Features such as a backlit keyboard, the device color, weight, touchscreen, fingerprint sensors, etc. are included in these. This is entirely based on your personal preferences and requirements.

Reviews:

Once you’ve settled on 2-3 devices that seem to check the box, you can look up reviews for the product. Reviews on Youtube, Tech sites, Customer reviews on tech sites, etc. are good sources of information to help you understand the performance delivered by the device to other users.

Offers & availability:

In light of Covid-19, a lot of offers are available for purchasing laptops ranging from No-Cost EMIs to instant discounts and more. If you look around a little, you can find the best price for your device.

Warranties:

One of the last things to note is the warranty on the device and after-sales service provided by the Company. It is better to pay more and get an extended warranty when possible as it keeps your device protected for longer. The quality of after-sales service by the company can be a huge factor, especially when their service is not good or the service center is not available to you.