Finding the Best Laptop for Your Needs

There are so many laptop brands and each of them offering so many variants of laptops that when you are about to buy a laptop, you end up confused. First of all there are myths that I should clear going about some brands that it’s really bad and some brand really good. The brand which sells more will definitely have good as well as equally bad feedback. Remember that you get what you pay for, don’t expect a cheaper laptop from good brand to be of better quality than a premium laptop from not so popular brand. So just don’t go by anyone word of mouth here and decide yourself which laptop fits your requirements and budget well.

For business people choice is pretty simple, just go for a business range of laptops from any reputed brand. A business laptop is slightly priced higher and still does not offer most bells n whistles which a cheaper laptop will but what goes into making a business laptop increases its price. Built quality of a business laptop is better than those made for college students.

To make selection easier, let’s start from the most basic thing and that is the screen size. If you need a laptop to replace your old desktop and you will rarely need to take it out of house then a 17 inch screen is for you. This is a bulky piece of machine but a very good desktop replacement because laptops consume much less power than desktop (lower electricity bills!) and work quietly. Pair it with a wireless keyboard and mouse attach even bigger LCD monitor and you have a workstation ready!

If you are a student who will need to carry laptop almost every day to college then it’s good to keep screen size less and go for 13 – 14 inch screen size laptops. These are portable and yet offer enough room on screen to enjoy movies sometimes. If you are a gamer then buy a laptop with dedicated graphic card. Go for nothing less than a Nvidia GT 540 or ATI Radeon HD 57xx series of GPU’s. Newer models of laptops have technology to switch over to dedicated graphics only when it’s needed so there is not much difference in battery backup.

Lastly if you are a professional then don’t think of buying a cheap laptop and saving money here. Select the right screen size. A 15.6 inch laptop fits every professional requirement in my opinion but if you need a little extra portability and don’t mind a missing num pad then you can go for a 14 inch too. A 15.6 inch is also a good size for general home use laptop like for web surfing etc. If your work involves heavy graphics then again dedicated graphics is must for you. A medium range GPU should suffice your needs unless you are into games development or CAD related work.

Mohd. Hashim Khan

I work as a freelance web designer and developer and enjoys fiddling with machines and electronics stuff. I am also working as a part time computer teacher at Aligarh Muslim University. I share my knowledge on various topics here so that others can make use of it and take benefit from my experiences.

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