Gone are the days of large and bulky computers which aren’t the best tool for portable computing. Wait, Smartphones might come in your mind by seeing the word “portable” and “computing” , yes they are very portable and fast enough to carry out most of your daily tasks but PC still has a special space in our heart and apart from both of them, we got laptops, the “Jack of all trades”, Compact enough to carry with you, yet versatile enough to run all your application, a laptop is the best tool for doing serious work or play at home.
But, while purchasing a laptop or any other electronics, we get very confused as there are lots of option and we don’t know which one is best and might be best for you and end up wasting our money. But wait, for what we are here. We will be guiding you to choose a laptop which fulfills all your need and your budget.
Set a Budget
For an Indian consumer, their budget is everything and everything has a specific budget. So, first of all, you need to have a proper idea that how much money you can spend to get a suitable machine for you and nowadays basic laptops start from 10K and go up to the heftier price of 1000K ( In this price you can arrange a marriage ceremony in India). But keep in mind you get what you pay. As, if you are willing to invest 15K to 20K, then you will get laptops of brand like iBall, Acer and Micromax with very low-end specification which will be enough for daily computing but if you are a serious gamer or need a machine for YouTubing and other power hungry task then you might have to stretch your budget to minimum of 50K at least
Now let’s move to our second step. Now we have to find the best in our budget and let’s distribute it in several questions
What size will be perfect for me?
Laptops are meant to be light and portable and this is the main thing for which you buy a laptop and after all a laptop’s screen size also determines the overall size of its chassis.
You need to think carefully about whether you’ll be traveling with your laptop or using it only at home; there isn’t much point buying an ultralight 13-inch laptop if you’re going to use it on a desk at home or in your office most of the time. A laptop with a huge 17-inch screen will be fantastic for work and gaming but will be far bigger and heavier than a 13 inch or 15-inch model.
A 15 inch or 13-inch model offers a decent compromise between ease of use and portability: as long as it weighs around 2kg, you probably won’t mind taking it with you in your trips. If you want something super-lightweight, opt for a laptop with a display of 11-13 inches.
If you want a compact 13-inch laptop then you should visit Asus store once because they have a wide range of compact laptop otherwise we would suggest you to go with HP or Lenovo if you want a mainstream laptop for your office.
Do we really have to care about screen resolution ?
I think maybe yes, but not in all scenarios. As on laptops with smaller screens, a larger resolution doesn’t always mean more space. There isn’t a huge difference between a 15-inch laptop with a 1,920 x 1,080 screen (1080P) and a 15-inch model 1,366 x 768 screen (720P). However, the higher resolution does mean that text and icons will be a lot better and your gaming experience will be also better.
To get an idea of exactly what it is you’re looking for in a screen, We will suggest you visit a nearby store and try a few out. Might, Your eyesight will decide better what kinda screen fit’s you best.
Windows or MacOS?
This is one of the toughest questions, We have encountered apart from “Android Vs iOS” and it’s all depend on your personal preference. While if you chose windows, you will have lot’s of option whereas MacOS is only for MacBooks, which comes under a premium segment.
So, if you want a laptop for work and home and can’t spend that much then you have to go with a laptop and if you can spend 60K-70K, then Macbook is the best option for you.
Which ports my machine should have?
A laptop has very limited room, so has far fewer ports than a desktop PC. So, you need to think carefully about what you need to plug in. Look, according to me, I’ll suggest you go with a laptop having a minimum of two USB 2.0 or 3.0 ports, SD card reader, LAN port and one USB Type C port will be a sweet treat ( To welcome the most awaited future happily). Ohh we also need a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Some of you might also need an HDMI port which isn’t that necessary but yes if you are a business user then it might be good for you for your presentations and other official stuff.
Now let’s focus on the story, “Performance”
Till now we have talked a lot about the looks of your future laptop, so now it’s time to worry about its innards.
Let’s first talk about “Processors”
Your laptop’s processor is like its brain and it’s very tricky to choose a perfect processor.
All depends on your budget. If you are willing to spend a maximum of 20K you have to satisfied with an Intel Celeron or Atom or you might also get an AMD, but I recommend you to go with Intel at this time. You will get a Pentium if you spend 30K, but believe me, you will cry a lot because if you stretch your budget 3-4K and search some shops near you, you can easily grab a laptop with a year old i3 6th gen. While if you go up to 50K to 60K you will absolutely get a laptop with top of the line chips.
Best processors never guarantee the best performance if the manufacturer hasn’t customized it according to other components. So, always try before you buy (anything).
How much RAM?
Random Access Memory, simply called RAM is the second most important thing you have to consider while buying a laptop and it is not necessary that a laptop with higher RAM will perform better.
So, for a beginner RAM is simply used by the central processing unit (CPU) when a computer is running to store information that it needs to be used very quickly, but it does not store any information permanently. That means better RAM means better processor.
Unless you’re buying a seriously cheap laptop, opt for at least 4GB, so you don’t have to worry about how many browser tabs you have open at once. If you’re going to be editing video, you’ll ideally need at least 8GB, although this amount of RAM is now common even in budget laptops.
As We said earlier higher RAM doesn’t ensure better performance. So, what should you care about? There is a term apart from numbers in RAM, yes you got it right. DDR’s, So always look for the latest tech as DDR4 or DDR3L. You might say why not DDR5 ?, The reason is it’s not in hands of many manufacturers and still who have them they use them for their top-of-the-line gaming series laptops, which will cost you around 4 to 5 Lakhs and goes up to as high as 10 lakhs.
The “Game” of Graphics
Most laptops rely on their processor’s integrated graphics, usually called “Intel HD Graphics”. This can play simple 3D games at low resolution at low to medium settings, but if you are serious about games then you’ll need a laptop with a dedicated Nvidia or AMD graphics, otherwise, you will see some major frame drops in many of the games. It’s hard to determine which graphics chipset will be best from the model number, So we recommend searching for graphics benchmarks online to see how a chipset performs in the latest.
Where to store my stuff?
Finally, we come to storage. So, basically, there are two types of storage technologies SSD and HDD. Talking about them, an SSD will make your laptop feel far quicker and responsive and it also has a great adverse effect on your laptop’s battery life, So is worth looking out for if you can afford it as it only comes in stock with premium laptops. HDD is basically the normal storage which comes with most all of your PC’s and a lot cheaper than SSD.
The most commonly used storage option is 500GB HDD and 1TB HDD in budget segment and the difference of price between them is just few 1000’s, So grab a 1TB laptop and in premium segment go with 216GB SSD and buy a spare 500GB/1TB Harddisk for your personal files.
Battery life should be a priority you’re planning to travel with your laptop because it’s not possible to travel with your power adapter everywhere. So look for a laptop with at least 7-8 hours of backup.
Again, Ideal battery life for your small, highly portable one should be around 10 -12 hours and for mainstream one’s it should be somewhat 7-8 hours
We have finished a lot but still, some questions remain unanswered. Let’s take a look at them
Should I go with 2-in-one or mainstream laptops?
It all depends on your personal preference, whether do you need portability or performance. So, you have to ask yourself what do you need.
(This needs a complete article to talk about which one is better.)
Where should I buy offline or online?
I will suggest you go and experience the laptops at your nearest store and then compare the price between online and offline markets and buy at the best price from a reputed shop for authenticity. Also, sometimes the offline market also offers great lucrative offer, so look for them.
Lastly, check out the manufacturer’s warranty. Make sure it’s at least a year long and know exactly what it covers, also see whether it has extended the warranty or not because sometimes 1 year is not enough and if you are prone to accidents then get you and your laptop insured.
By the way, Congrats on your new laptop. Hope you are happy with it and me.
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