Before buying a laptop

Buying a laptop has become more of a commitment for a couple of years than it is an expense. The laptop that you want to buy needs to be featureful and good enough. If you were to research a bit about the laptop market, you are likely to find hundreds of models with a different features for the same laptop. And that can be confusing on choosing between portability and power.Buying a laptop without adequate technical knowledge can be a terrible experience. so here are some of the tips that you might want to consider while buying for a laptop:

1. Not always the best processor
You DON’T need the best processor available out there. It’s a tradition for retail shops and semi-tech people to tell you to hunt for Core i7 and above.

Basic needs lie somewhere between watching movies, browsing the internet and managing files, a processor like Core i3 or even a newer Pentium can be good enough. It’s as like to buying a racing bike just for daily office-home. One would be better off with a budget-friendly bike or a scooter in this case.  Gamer and professionals who need more raw power might require a laptop with at least a quad-core processor.

2. Keyboard, display, and track pad matters a lot more than one think
Bad keyboard, dim and color inaccurate display and jumpy track pad will simply make using the laptop a terrible experience.

Keyboards need to last long and comfortable. if broken, they need a chore to repair. Read consumer reviews to make sure that the laptop that you’re going to buy has a strong keyboard. If you plan to type a lot, make sure that the keyboard has good key travel and a tactile feedback.

Display brightness and quality are two different areas in which we can judge a display on. For a laptop to be visible and readable on a bright room, it must have 250+ nits of brightness. While 300+ nits of brightness would be ideal for every scenario, it’s not really that bad to opt for a laptop with around 250 nits of brightness either. You need to read the specifications of the laptop to find out its brightness.

High resolution 1080p would be sharper than 768p display. Graphics professionals might require the display to be color accurate covering about 100% of the color gamut. Higher refresh rate than typical 60 Hz is pleasing to look at while costing significantly high.

Trackpads needs to be responsive, support multitouch gestures and be consistent. Check to see if the trackpad is comfortable enough for you to use before buying. Glass trackpads are generally more comfortable to use.

3. A good RAM
If you’re an average user whose needs revolve around watching movies and browsing the internet, get a laptop with 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM. You can upgrade the RAM later.

If you’re a gamer and are buying a gaming laptop, it’s better to go for 16 GB. But you don’t really have to worry about having 8 GB RAM during purchase because most of the gaming laptops let you upgrade the RAM anyway.

Graphics professionals and video editors usually have their RAM requirement might range from being okay with 8 GB of it or wishing for more.

4. The division between power, price, and portability
The laptop with both powerful internals and a portable build are absurdly expensive. For this, you can find two alternatives – one that has a small and portable build with weaker internals and another being a big and bulky laptop with powerful internals. If you want the best of both worlds, increase the amount.
Pavilion Power 15 is a semi-gaming laptop with a powerful graphics card and a fast processor in a chunky package costing around NPR 95k.

5. The dilemma in Graphics Card
More GB in graphics card doesn’t always mean it’s better. There’s a lot more to it than just its VRAM capacity.

A graphics card consists of two distinct components working together – a GPU and a VRAM. The performance of a given graphics card completely depends on how fast the core GPU (Graphics Processor Unit) is. The size of the VRAM (Video Random Access Memory) is the RAM for GPU which is used to store graphics related files during graphical workload.

You’d find a laptop with graphics card starting from 1 GB VRAM way up to 8 GB. A higher GB count in graphics card doesn’t always mean it’s better than the other with lower GB count – the other component i.e. GPU needs to be fast as well. For example, MX150 2 GB is like 90% faster than R7 530 4 GB.

6. SSDs matters a lot
Solid State Drives, also known as SSD, are a form of flash storage for your computer that replaces typical mechanical hard drives and are very fast. SSDs help the OS to boot faster, launch programs faster and make the whole laptop/computer experience much enjoyable. Even if you had the best processor, you won’t be able to get the best out of it by using a hard drive to feed data to it.

7. Battery life
Battery life of the laptop depends on the battery’s capacity and laptop’s processor. To keep it to the point, powerful processor means low battery life. Gaming laptops have a very powerful and power-hungry processor which results in around 4-5 hours of battery life at best. While gaming the number would go down to mere minutes – around 40-50 minuurs of battery life. Dell’s G7 is a gaming laptop that has battery life of mere 5 hours.

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