Laptops are devices that are very important for both personal and office use. The electronic device with the characteristics of portability, specification, weight and dimensions is used for multiple purposes and this is why it is important to put a few things into consideration before choosing a laptop for use.

Oftentimes, the questions as to what make of laptop should be gotten before entering the market for purchase are not properly answered. For instance, I’ve met someone who has a thing for silver-plated laptops. He isn’t concerned whether or not these laptops would serve him for the use purchased. Just as long as it is silver-plated, he is good to go. Now, that is a solid reason to get a laptop as we all have our reasons, but then, is that meant to be the main reason for getting a laptop?

A laptop is an essential part of life. Permit me to say, it is like a basic amenity, so it is important to get what fits best and would serve the long-term purpose for its goal.

Below are 10 factors to consider before buying your most preferred laptop.

1. Operating System

This is the first step to take before paying for a laptop. It is important to be specific as to what operating system you’d want to use that will properly serve the purpose of why it is being purchased in the market.

There are three major types of operating systems; that is, Windows, MacOS and LINUX. Although most parties are in between Windows and MacOS, the third consideration of the LINUX should be in place, especially for programmers, as it supports a wide range of programming languages for coders.

Significantly, all three have easy-to-use interfaces and can ease up the process of multitasking for the users.

2. Screen Size & Quality

A lot of screen time is involved with the use of a laptop and if you are working in tech or intend to do so in the foreseeable future, a good screen size and quality are important to put into consideration before purchasing a laptop as a portable screen is an important factor to consider; also, your screen size and quality must be easy on the eyes.

Glossier screens are tilted to reflect the surrounding light and so, a good screen resolution is important. A recommended option is a 1920x1080 full HD screen to give a great image quality and room for optimal user experience.

The standard size for laptops is 15.6 inches but 12-14 inches is more portable for a user to purchase from the market.

3. Laptop Size & Weight

The size of a laptop is very important. As earlier stated, a good feature of a laptop is the portability factor and this is important to note if it can fit into a backpack during travelling.

The most preferable laptops are those with smaller screen sizes and thin, lightweight designs. These laptops are primarily marketed as Elite or Ultrabooks. They are mostly built with screen sizes between 12 and 13.3 inches and carry a weight of less than 1.5kg.

4. CPU

The central processing unit (CPU) is an important factor of consideration for the purchase of a laptop. As the core of the laptop, a good CPU should mostly contain either Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7 as most of Intel’s Core-based range is good for users, especially those working in tech.

The reason for the aforementioned statements is that Core i3 laptops are entry-level laptops, Core i5 laptops are mostly mid-range laptops while Core i7 laptops higher-end laptops, offering the best performance; although Core i7 laptops are the most suggested, it is important to note that it can cause quite a lot of heat, emanating from the bottom of the device.

5. Battery

There is no way a laptop can be purchased without the consideration of the battery life. The question of how long can it last after the power outage needs to be answered.

While getting a laptop, attention should be paid to the box, noting that variables such as screen brightness and the types of programs run on the laptop can affect how long the battery lasts. So, looking at the rating of the battery in Watt-hours (Wh) or milliamp-hours (mAh) is vital because the bigger the number, the longer the durability of the battery life and power.

6. Storage

This is one factor that’s sometimes overlooked, but it is quite essential when purchasing a laptop for use.

While considering the amount of storage, also consider and quiz the type of storage. This way, you’re able to answer whether or not it will serve the purpose of use.  A good storage capacity helps a laptop perform with efficiency, saving files with ease and allowing it to boot and reboot effectively.

The determinant of a good storage capacity is determined by the various disk drives as there are three: Hard Disk Drives (HDDs), Solid State Drives (SSDs) and Solid State Hybrid Drives (SSHDs). These various drives are unique in their features and should inform your decision to purchase a laptop.

7. USB Ports

USB ports are very important when choosing a laptop for purchase as they are henry points from external sources to the laptop. A good laptop has USB 3.0 ports which are a must-have, especially for the use of peripheral devices such as external hard drives, mouse, keyboards, printers, etc.

Some new devices such as the new MacBook Pros do not have USB 3.0 ports, so before going into the market, it is important to note it.

8. RAM

Random Access Memory (RAM) is an important component of the laptop as it is key to its performance, especially for users who multitask at the same time. It is important to know that the more RAM on your laptop, the faster it will be able to access data and run smoothly without lagging. 4GB of RAM is good but that is the minimum, especially for those working in tech. If you use a lot of high-power applications and software, your best bet is 8GB or more.  

9. WiFi

Internet connectivity is very important, especially when choosing a laptop to purchase. Most laptops do not have that access to WiFi connectivity and some when connected are slow in their connectivity.

A good laptop should be able to have access to the next-gen WiFi 6. So for techies and the general public, using laptops like Apple M1 MacBook Air, HP Spectre, Lenovo Yoga and the likes that support next-gen WiFi coverage is important, so have this in mind when picking a laptop.

10. Budget

Budgeting is principal to getting a laptop. While considering the nine mentioned factors, it is important to ask if the money readily available can be used to purchase your dream laptop.

As we all know laptops are expensive, especially with the dollar rate affecting the prices of these devices, so, having a proper budget and saving plan can save the outright stress in regards to getting what you want.

With a good budget and saving plan, you can be able to get the laptop to suit your workflow and performance rate.

Conclusion

It is good to have all these factors properly put into consideration before taking a final decision as to what laptop you’d choose to buy at the end of the day.

As a general user, student or someone working in the tech ecosystem, having a good laptop is very essential for your use. So, look beyond colour, product make, design and specification; ask yourself if your chosen laptop meets all 10 considerations listed above before you buy.