10 Feb 5 Things To Consider Before Buying A Laptop
There’s nothing worse than trying to decide which one is best when buying a laptop. It can be nerve-wracking!
At Inology we want to make your life simple. So, we have listed a few of our useful tips to look out for when on the hunt for a laptop that is suitable for you.
There are 2 storage types: SSD and HDD. However, SSD is double the read and write speed of HDD so a laptop with SSD is much more beneficial and efficient for your use. The last thing you want is a machine that moves at a snail’s pace!
The only downside with SSD is that is more expensive than a basic HDD, but that is generally expected when you are purchasing a better product. Following that, SSD is much better for higher-performance machines.
When buying a laptop with decent storage, the ideal SSD to have is either 128GB or 256GB, where all your applications and Windows are stored for best performance. However, your best bet is to have both SSD and HDD for maximum performance.
Also, HDD must be 1TB or 2TB depending on your storage.
This comes down to how transportable you will need your laptop to be. Smaller screened machines are easier to transport, although bigger screens are easier to work on. The ideal size for transporting purposes would be 14-inch, however, the standard size for screen display is typically around 15.6/8-inch, which can be slightly more difficult to carry. Although, still doable.
Another thing to remember is to always opt for an FHD(Full HD) screen display. If a clear, good-quality picture is what you are looking for, this is important.
GRAPHICS AND RAM
Nowadays, 8GB of RAM is usually the requirement for a laptop. We suggest opting for a higher GB(Gigabyte) of RAM if you are wanting to use the laptop for high performance or gaming etc.. such as 16GB or 32GB.
If you are wanting a laptop for very basic use, then Integrated graphics are fine to use. However, if you are using the laptop for anything like gaming, video editing, or graphic design, then an AMD or Nvidia graphics processor is worth considering.
We recommend always going for the latest generation Intel processors(100th or 11th gen) as they offer the best performance. Ryzen processors are okay too, but we find that they tend to heat up quite rapidly in comparison to Intel. Ryzen processors are slightly cheaper than Intel, but Intel is better for performance.
If you want great connectivity options, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 are currently the best things to look for when buying a laptop.
The longer the battery life, the better!
Windows Home or Pro? For personal use, Windows home is ideal as it has everything you will need. However, for business use, we recommend Windows Pro as it provides you with a remote desktop and group policy manager, etc…
Preferably, it is best to AVOID touchscreen laptops.
To summarise, of course, the more you pay the better value you will get. As long as you stick to these tips, you will be sure to bag yourself an awesome laptop that is exactly what you’re looking for.