A laptop that can process documentation and connect to the internet might be enough for some people. However, for content creators and professional gamers there needs to be a whole lot of processing power involved to support optimal image resolution and upload/download speed.
Whatever your needs are, here is a breakdown of some of the things to look for when choosing a new laptop.
What To Look For When Choosing A Laptop
As we mentioned above, choosing the perfect laptop to buy really depends on what you need to do with it.
Do you need it just for spreadsheet number crunching at work? Or are you a content creator that needs to edit photos and videos? If you’re an amateur or professional gamer, you’ll be looking at a lot of different technical specs too.
To get more granular and understand all the main features to be aware of in a laptop, here is a list of everything you should consider (with an explanation of what all the acronyms mean too). Funny enough, it’s very similar to our Afterpay phones page, with the exception of the keyboard section:
If you only really need your laptop for word processing, spreadsheets, and browsing the internet, a slim and lightweight model could definitely work for you.
However, if you’re needing to do complex editing and image related work, or if you’re a gamer you’re going to have to go for something a bit bigger. This means a bigger screen, as well as a bigger and heavier laptop with more processing power.
This is because while technology is always improving, you’ll still need a lot of physical computer space and battery power to allow for intensive uploading and downloading of images, as well as to keep a high-resolution screen going.
As we just touched on, screen quality is something that will be important for you if you’re a gamer or a content creator who is dealing with large image files.
However, regardless of what you do on your laptop, you’ll want the best screen quality that you can afford – especially if you want to stream videos or Netflix.
Typically, a 1920 x 1080 resolution display is the best, but some laptops will have a lower resolution. As resolution is about the number of pixels per square cm on your screen, you’re looking for the largest resolution possible.
Unlike a phone which has a convenient touchpad QWERTY keyboard, a laptop still relies on a solid keyboard to power functions like word and number processing, adjust brightness and sound, perform shortcuts etc.
While a tablet and a wireless keyboard might do the trick for some people, having a keyboard that works well on your laptop is essential.
Different brands might have different styles of keyboards. Overall though, you’re looking for a keyboard that is easy to clean and has keys that are easy to press and don’t stick.
If you don’t know what CPU stands for, it is central processing unit. The CPU is basically the core driver of the computer i.e. all the electric circuitry and components that power the bulk of a laptop’s functions.
Understanding the technicalities of the CPU could earn you a degree, but essentially, you’re just looking for CPU specs that suit your needs.
As we discussed before, if you’re looking to take on intensive energy tasks like downloading and uploading images and files, or streaming, you’ll want to take on as much CPU power as possible. That being said, be aware that CPU power might eat into your battery though.
This acronym stands for Random Access Memory. RAM gives you memory space on your computer and is used to process certain tasks.
The more RAM you have, the more free space you have to run multiple tasks. As a result, if you’re looking to do a variety of things on your laptop, then having more RAM is beneficial.
As with any kind of device, the amount of storage you have available dictates how many programmes you can use.
Once again, if you’re dealing with large images or video files, you’ll want to get as much hard drive storage as possible.
As we mentioned above, a hardcore CPU will give you the power you need to run multiple and complex tasks on your laptop, but it will use up a lot of your battery life.
So, when you’re looking at this spec, just think about the ratio of processing power to battery life that you need. Ideally, you should go for the longest battery life possible, but if you’re able to move around with access to plug points, this might not be too much of an issue.