One of the most common questions that customers ask us, is how to choose my laptop? People often get confused by brands, variants, technical specifications, color, weight, etc. Given that this question is so prevalent and everyone can benefit from it, we decided to write an article that covers the basics you need to remember when deciding to purchase a laptop.
How to Choose My Laptop: Essentials
There are 3 major factors you need to consider while deciding to buy a laptop:
- Your Usage
- Your Budget
That’s it, it is as simple as that. If you know the answers to these 3 simple yet important factors, narrowing down from the plethora of laptops available in the market will become a lot easier. Although these points are self-explanatory, people have a hard time deciding on what exactly is their usage or budget, or portability. For this reason, we have mentioned what we believe is the best way to decide.
What will you use the laptop for? You will be surprised to know that most customers don’t have a definitive answer to this simple question. They want it all, always, and that is where the problem begins. So let’s look at this in a step by step manner.
First, you need to recall your job profile and how the laptop fits into that job profile? Are you a company/store manager who needs to keep traction of employees and stock? You a trader who is looking at stock market trends all day? Or a graphics designer? Maybe a college student? An aspiring gamer?
It is important to remember that all laptops will be able to do all the above mentioned tasks, but one is designed better than the other for a particular one. For example, for stock market and graphics designers, MacBook is a good option. However for a manager or a student, entry level windows laptop will do the trick.
Let’s use another example, cars, their basic function is to get you from point A to B, and all cars can do that, however, some are designed for comfort, like a Bentley, some for speed, like a Ferrari, some for endurance, like a Hummer, and some for mileage like an Alto. And yet that Maruti Alto gets you where you want to go just fine.
So you need to know are you looking for a Ferrari, a Bentley, a Hummer or an Alto. All of them will get you from point A to B, but a Ferrari may not do very well in off-road rugged terrain, and you cannot expect mileage from Hummer or Bentley. So don’t think about what all you want to do on the laptop, think about what will you do the most on that laptop, which is your usage.
This one is fairly simple, people usually know how much they are willing to spend or can afford to spend on a laptop. However, making a smart choice while browsing options is really important.
Let’s take an example – you have 2 choices, take an i5, 10th gen processor, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD for INR 43,000 or an i5, 7th gen, 4 GB RAM, 500 HDD in INR 40,000. Now looking at almost identical specs, many customers would want to choose the 2nd option and save some money. However, that’s the wrong choice, as a 7th gen processor is far older than 10th gen, so what looks like a bargain right now, may not seem so when the laptop is not performing as expected and is not able to keep up with the latest updates and software. Knowing your budget is necessary, keeping flexibility and using that budget in the right manner is imperative to ensure you don’t regret your choice later on.
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This one is tricky, people at times underestimate the convenience of a lighter laptop if they are constantly on the move. On the other hand, that lighter laptop is lighter for a reason, there are things you can do (high speed and resolution gaming) on the much heavier Alienware, that you cannot do efficiently on a much more portable slim laptops.
So don’t think about if you will be moving that laptop from table to couch twice a day, think about your job profile again, does your work demands you to be on the move, like a business development head or sit in one place and work like a graphics designer or a gamer. Based on that, make a choice, if power, speed, and resolution are what matters most, then go with the heavyweight laptop. However, if you are not a gamer or graphics designer or coder, and need a laptop for regular office work on the go, then go with the featherweight options.
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