LAPTOP BUYING GUIDE
Performance should be one of your key criterions when looking for a laptop. The key is to match your computing needs with the kind of the power you’re looking for. The performance capability of your laptop depends on the following aspects:
Selecting the right processor would depend on the kind of applications you wish to run. Here’s a quick reference guide to help you select the right processor
The amount of RAM decides on how smooth and lag-free an experience you get on your laptop. The higher the amount of RAM the better it is. However, here’s an indication of what you can expect from laptops with varied RAM configurations
We suggest a minimum of 4GB RAM for a lag free experience across daily used applications like office apps, browsing, video viewing, etc.
This is where you get some extra headroom for smooth multitasking, using heavy applications like image editors and even running the latest games
From high-resolution video editing to intensive gaming and graphics designing. 16GB of RAM will let you do it all without any stutters.
GRAPHICS AND GAMING
When looking for gaming laptops, the graphics processor (also referred to as GPU or graphics card), plays the key role. Having the latest series of a dedicated graphics processor ensures the best gaming performance.
|Usage||Ideal Graphics Card|
|Everyday use: browsing the web and multimedia||Gaming and image editing|
|Gaming and image editing||Dedicated 1 GB|
|Advanced gaming experience or video editing||Dedicated 2 GB|
|Professional gaming, animation, 3D rendering||Dedicated 2GB and above|
Selecting the right amount of storage capacity for your laptop depends on storage space requirement and speed of storage. Here’s a quick guide on the various storage capacities and how much content they can store.
WHO SHOULD CONSIDER SSDs
SSD-storage-based laptops offer low storage capacity, but they offer 5x the performance benefits in comparison to standard HDD based storage. Consider SSDs when:
- Working with large files (>1GB)
- Want a laptop that boots up quickly
- Don’t need a lot of storage space
- Looking for a pure performance laptop
|Stores data on magnetic discs||Stores data on memory chips|
|Available in higher capacity||Comparatively available in lower capacities|
|Moderate in data transfer||Faster in terms of data tranfer|
|More power consumption||Less power consumption|
|Cheaper when it comes to per GB cost||Expensive on per GB cost.|
Should you get a lightweight laptop or opt for a fully loaded (and heavy) performance machine? Well, it all depends on your primary usage. Here’s a quick look at various types of form factors and what they bring.
- Balance of performance and features
- Good value for money
- Easy upgrade-ability
- Battery life
- Premium design and materials
- Slim looks & light weight
- Battery life
- Top-class performance
- High-resolution display
- 15.6-inch and above display size
- Weighs 2.7 kg and above
- Powerful discrete graphics processors
Higher resolution allows you to fit more content on the screen while making content (text and images) sharper and more pleasant to the eye.
- Offers 1280 x 720 pixels
- Found in entry-level laptops
- Good for basic tasks
- Offers 1920 x 1080 pixels
- Found in premium and gaming laptops
- Good for entertainment and productivity apps
- Offers 3840 x 2160 pixels
- Found in high-end laptops
- Consider it if you watch a lot of 4K content
Finding the sweet spot which offers the desired level of portability while offering an adequate amount of screen real estate is the key to determining the screen size.
- If you plan to travel frequently
- When looking for a lightweight laptop
- Primarily use the laptop for office applications
- Perfect balance between screen size and portability
- Mixed usage of office applications as well as entertainment
- Optimal performance and storage space
- Entertainment-oriented Laptop
- Portability is not too important for you
- More USB ports and an optical drive
An operating system manages the hardware and software resources of a computer, while also providing common services that are essential to all software on the system.
- Great user interface
- Applications run without lag
- UNIX-based code makes the OS more secure
- Apps are malware and virus-free as they are curated by Apple; limited choice of apps
- Most popular
- Compatible with most hardware and software
- Supports third-party programs
- User interface can be customized
- Easy to multitask using multiple windows
- Try apps and software before buying them
- Share data across all synced, compatible devices
- Enhance, edit and organise photos
- Access systems using virtual desktop
- Features Cortana, the personal assistant with voice recognition
Laptops that ship with Linux-based, open-source, operating systems or DOS operating systems are suitable for programmers and coders. Ubuntu is the most popular Linux-based operating system that has an appealing graphical user interface. Laptops that come with Ubuntu can be used for basic applications like web browsing and media consumption.
- Available only on Chromebooks
- Apps can be added through the Chrome Store
- Mostly free applications
- Google has announced Google Play Store will be added to all Chromebooks by 2016
- Features Google’s built-in malware and virus protection
Touchscreens make computer interfaces simpler. Just as you would on a smartphone, you can tap to select, hold and drag to move items, swipe to scroll and pinch to zoom.
This feature is currently available on a few Windows laptops and on a few Chromebooks.
A useful feature when you need to charge your laptop in the least amount of time.
Makes typing easy when using the laptop in low-light environments.
Provides a larger screen in a smaller form factor. It looks good as well.
Latest connectivity makes for fast data transfers with external storage devices.