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Things to consider before you buy a laptop


We all have a laptop, or need one, at some point in life. Unfortunately, buying a laptop has become more complex than it should be, thanks to the gazillion number of laptops that companies have in the market. Big companies like HP, Dell and Lenovo sell hundreds of different kind of laptops. Out of these which one is right for you? While it’s tricky to give outright recommendations because each user has different set of requirements, we can tell you about some broad guidelines that you should keep in mind while buying a laptop.

Always go for a better screen

Always get a laptop that gives you the best screen in a particular price point. And we say better, we mean three things: resolution, panel type and size. Ideally, your laptop should have an IPS display if you are spending more than Rs 40,000 on the laptop. The exception to this rule is the Apple MacBook Air because it is so better in other aspects.

Next you should look for the resolution

 Go for a laptop that has higher-resolution screen among its peers. For example, at a price of around Rs 40,000 it is now possible to buy laptops with FullHD screens.

Weight matters

If you are looking for a laptop that is mostly going to be used at home, anything is fine. But if you want portability and going to carry the laptop in a backpack most of the time, go for something that is lighter. For work laptop, stick to a machine that has a screen size of 14 inches or less.

More RAM is better

For a decent experience, 4GB RAM is absolute minimum. But 8GB is recommended. If you are going to do a lot of video and photo editing, consider buying a laptop with 16GB RAM. Even if you are looking for a laptop in a more affordable category, always consider the machine that has more RAM compared to others.

Look for SSD or SSD cache

Laptops with an SSD or SSD cache (even if it is 8GB or 16GB) are faster and more response. If you budget permits prioritise these laptops even if it means getting a smaller hard-disk, so for example 500GB instead of 750GB.

Older processors are fine

Here is how it works: Core i series processors are better. Even if they are one generation old, they are better than latest generation Pentiums so if at the same price you have to choose between two, go with the Core i. Similarly, the Pentium is better than Atom in performance, and even if the Pentium belongs to a generation that is two years old, it is fine to opt for it.

Video RAM is not important

If you are looking to buy a gaming laptop, always take special care when it comes to the graphics card. The amount of graphics RAM is not important. But the graphics card model is. So GTX is better than GTS. and GTS is better than GT in the world of Nvidia. On AMD side, higher number in the graphics card means better performance even if the amount of video RAM is lower.