Sometimes, buying a new personal computer is one of the complicated things for many of us to experience, 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, and entry-level, that’s why plenty type of devices has produced today that is depends on our need. So, there is no simple answer on which laptop is the best when it comes to this matter.
The processor, storage, memory, sometimes the design and shape, and other factors 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 fantastic, 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.
Choosing the Relevant Screen Size
When buying a laptop, the screen size also plays an important role. Size usually depends on individual desire. For example, most people like to play games, view photo, and doing their assignment on 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 scale, the Ultraportable and Netbook intended for a long battery life suited for traveling and basics 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. However, 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 crucial part inside of every PC. A CPU play as the central part in almost every aspect of performance, including how fast your computer runs, completing all the tasks, battery performance, and many others.
The speed rank can determine in MHz/GHz called clock speed, generally more clock speed, the faster the processor is. However, for some reason, with the model of modern CPU these days you cannot measure its performance only with clock cycle alone.
Besides, its core also plays an essential factor when it comes to processing and multitasking activities (more CPU’s cores are better). However, 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 basics 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.
- Standard System
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.
- Overclocking System
This one is for the heavy multitasker and 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. However, overclocking has a notably higher cost, increase heat that can progressively damaging laptop components, void warranties, and others.
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)
Commonly, the integrated video card (with CPU) in your laptop is adequate (both display and games). Although, if you’re a serious gamer, fascinated playing with a standard to maximum resolution, higher graphics and watching excessive 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 512 MB, 1 GB, or higher (more memory, the better graphics performance you get).
When talking about gaming quality, I prefer the Nvidia GPU, but it will affect the laptop cost. Graphics card cannot upgrade, so choose carefully.
Talking about notebook graphics performance and its common issues, you may interest by this technology called external GPU. It’s a graphics power supply specifically for turning today’s notebook (which have adequate particular connectors and cables) into a gaming powerhouse.
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 standard day task. However, for gaming purpose, video, and photo editing, you need more than that.
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.
Also, unlike HDD, the SSD has no moving parts that make it less exposed to damage. Moreover, the Solid State Drive even a lot faster in booting and file access, but it is more expensive than Hard Disk Drive type drive.
So, in some case, it is not just the factors of performance, but also the capacity to store files in your notebook, which you should consider in the first place when it comes to storage, so HDD is the answer because it’s inexpensive and affordable.
Besides, if you want more reliable performance, fast booting, and loads computer storage, you can upgrade the HDD to Solid State Drive on your laptop later on (if the laptop computer has extra slots). 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, and other external devices, then you need a laptop at least have several of USB ports and HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface), attached on its body.
We 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, because of most the external drive and devices today use at least USB 3.0.
If you need a laptop more comprehensive in connectivity, I recommend finding a notebook featured with the latest Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C.
Not only it is the fastest USB connectivity, but you will also see many benefits on it, for examples, it fast enough to connect with multiple high definition video output and external graphics processing unit.
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.
Moreover, one thing you must keep in mind that modern laptop technology evolves rapidly, and it’s difficult to keeping pace with it. So, it is better for you to take your time and assess your needs, available budget, and do research.
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.