Buying a new laptop computer is an excitable and fantastic experience for many of us, especially when it’s your very first-time personal computer. There are quite a few of various aspects and considerations when picking an excellent one, sometime it might be a bit complicated for some of us.
There are many kinds of laptop users such as student, business, gamer, high-end user, etc, that’s why plenty type of devices has been produced today that is depends on our need. So, there is no absolute answer on which laptop is the best when it comes to this matter.
The processor, storage, memory, sometimes the design and shape, etc can affect its cost. So in this article, I will share my view on what to consider before deciding and getting a brand new machine.
On these modern days, for some reason, laptop design or looks are important as or more than its performance for some people. It is not just because it looks cool, colorful, and attractive in visual, but it gives us different experience when we use it (depends on its design).
There are many devices out there with a different type of built quality, for examples, there is a device that design to improve your typing experience, optimize the notebook cooling system, and maybe the quality of resistant to dust and rain.
Other than that, today we also have the 2-in-1 and touchscreen laptop. So, this is also one of the crucial aspects of this day, which we can highlight when deciding to buy a new laptop.
Choosing the Relevant Screen Size
When buying a laptop, screen size or size also plays an important role. Size normally depends on individual desire. For example, most people like to play games, view photo, and doing their assignment on a large screen size, because it’ll give you satisfied with its higher resolution.
Usually laptop size likely from 10 inches to 18 inches. For smaller size, the Ultraportable and Netbook intended for a long battery life suited for traveling and basic productivity task, but less power and low screen resolution.
So basically, if you a gamer or high-end user, find a laptop with a bigger screen (from 14 inches categories or more) as a desktop replacement. But, larger screen size consumes more power and bulkier compared to the slim and smaller screen size.
Processor or CPU
A processor or CPU (Central Processing Unit) is the most important part inside of every PC. A CPU plays as primary part in almost every aspect of performance including how fast your computer runs, completing all the tasks, battery performance, etc.
The speed rank can determine in MHz/GHz called clock speed, generally more clock speed, the faster the processor is. But for some reason, with the model of modern CPU these days you cannot measure its performance only with clock cycle alone.
In Addition, its core also plays an important factor when it comes to processing and multitasking activities (more cores are better). But how capable of a CPU you need, it depends on what activities you want your laptop to carry.
Basic & Minor System
For the entry-level system that is suited for basic productivity task, basic internet surfing and play some basic games, I think the Intel Core i3 and AMD Ryzen 3 CPU is more than enough.
If you like playing games (with standard performance) and do some multi-tasking activities like browsing the web while runs a particular program at the same time, watch videos online, blogging, you need at least Intel Core i5 and AMD Ryzen 5.
Most laptop users choose this processor within their device, and I recommend this too. The Core i5 and Ryzen 5 CPU is applicable for the average user especially the student.
This one is for the heavy multitasker and for the creative interactive media user. It allows users to operate almost all application and programs. Furthermore, it also gives an extended performance with more visual effects, that will enable you to experience more features of specific programs.
The Intel Core i7, Core i9, and Ryzen 7 are considered as overclock CPU. But overclocking have a notably higher cost, increase heat that can progressively damaging laptop components, void warranties, etc.
The CPU is a notebook component have a higher effect on performance and the price tag. Additionally, you cannot upgrade it, so you must do some little thinking before you decide.
GPU/Dedicated Graphics Card (Dedicated Graphics Memory)
Normally the integrated video card (with CPU) in your laptop are adequate (both display and games). Although, if you a very serious gamer, fascinated playing with a very high resolution, higher graphics and watching high definition videos, you might like to add in a GPU (Graphics Processing Unit).
Dedicated Graphics Card can help enhance your CPU in term of smooth performance with higher quality 3D graphics. Graphics Card measured by MB/GB (megabytes/gigabytes), and it could be 512MB, 1GB or higher (more memory, the better graphics performance you get).
When talking about gaming quality, I prefer Nvidia GPU, but it will affect the laptop cost. Graphics card cannot be upgraded so choose carefully.
Talking about notebook graphics performance and its common issues (laptop GPU are integrated and can’t be upgraded), you might interest by this technology called eGPU
RAM (Random Access Memory) measured in GB (gigabytes). More RAM let you run more application at the same time and access them immediately in sync because a computer uses this component to store data before you save them in computer storage impermanently.
As the technology rapidly evolves, I think a laptop with 4 GB RAM is at the minimum requirement in these present days (maybe someone will differ) for laptop users to do their everyday day task. But for gaming purpose, video, and photo editing, you need more than that.
Luckily, unlike CPU and GPU you can upgrade RAM on a laptop computer, so if you have insufficient money, I think no need to rush and you can go easy on this one.
Yesterday we only had one type of internal storage device for our laptop, the HDD (Hard Disk Drive). Well today, we have new, efficient and more speed internal storage device, the SSD (Solid-State Drive or Solid-State Disk) type drive.
In addition, unlike HDD, the SSD has no moving parts that make it less exposed to damage. SSD also a lot faster in booting and file access, but it’s more expensive than HDD type drive.
My opinion on this case it’s not just the factor of performance. But it is the capacity you should consider in the first place when it comes to storage, so HDD is the answer because it’s more inexpensive.
Furthermore, if you want more reliable data storage and performance, you can upgrade HDD to Solid State Drive on your laptop later on. Unless, if you have extra money, so I recommend the modern SSD type hard drive.
If you are someone who likes watching movies, editing and listening to music you may concern about audio system quality. There are laptops out there with high multimedia sound quality.
However, not many of us bother about the audio system quality on their laptop, but if you are interested put this into your list.
If you have other gadgets and devices like external storage, smartphone, USB Flash Drive, cryptocurrencies hardware wallet, etc, then you need a laptop at least have several of USB ports and HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface), attached on its body.
I recommend you to look for a laptop that has at least the USB 3.0 port. It is faster in transferring, reading and data access than the previous USB port. In addition, most external drive and devices today use at least USB 3.0.
But, if you need a laptop more comprehensive in connectivity, I recommend finding a notebook featured with the latest Thunderbolt 3 USB-C. Not only the fastest USB connectivity but also it’s more reliable.
Online Research & Reviews
Buying a new laptop is not an easy task for most people, because you need to balance its cost and your needs, and you also need to gather information and compare views from others.
Before you buy a device, do some research first, check and read laptop reviews on the internet especially how much the laptop cost. And one thing you must keep in mind, laptop technology evolve rapidly, and it’s difficult to keeping pace with it.
Is there anything you want to add and questions which you want to ask? Leave your comment below, and I’m more than happy to read your thoughts and will try my best to answer your question.