There is no doubt that Laptops are the best companions of the travelers, business man, students, programmers and geeks . Laptop is now become essential part of many people actively involving in tech related applications. When comparing to desktop, laptop offers more privacy and individuality. The ease of use, mobility and convenience makes it as an essential travel companion. Notebooks and Ultrabooks are intended for such people who want a decent light weight machine at an affordable price.
Choosing a laptop is not a brain squeezing decision, if you have a good budget. But selecting the right laptop for your need becomes tricky as the market flooded with different type of laptops having different designs! Just look at the picture below, there are three laptops having good configuration, one is a normal type another on is 2 in 1, and the last one is a thin, lightweight one. It is not the processing power, but the design’s matters. In those old days, our duty is to pick a right laptop with sufficient performance with a god battery life. Now almost all systems have these features, but there appearance and usage are different.
Now check at configuration, features and display. A normal user requires a standard display and decent performance, he doesn’t require a powerful configuration. An advanced user, say a programmer requires a moderate configuration and a gamer requires a more powerful configuration with a Full HD display. So finding the best configuration for your budget becomes a time consuming task.
In this article we are looking in to different types of device based on it’s usage. Before that just check the essential components of a laptop.
Essential Components of a Laptop
CPU or the processor have a lead role in the performance of a laptop. All the laptop don’t have the same CPU in it. There are different types of CPU’s available for different purpose. Intel have a series of laptop processors from Intel Atom to Intel Core i7 and AMD have AMD C series to AMD A10 APU’s. Desktop processors are not identical to laptop, laptop processors are meant for power optimized use. So laptop processors may carry names with letter ‘M’ which means for Mobile, some have the letter ‘T’ with it meant for power optimized. So the performance of desktop processor is better than a laptop processor.
When think about graphics, nowadays most of the CPU comes with a GPU processor in it. Graphics card is required for those are working on graphics related works. A high end graphics card is essential for playing the latest games in high resolutions. There are NVIDIA GeForce GTX or AMD Radeon GPU’s are included in high end laptop’s. You have to check is the laptop contains an addition graphics processor or only an inbuilt GPU with it. An integrated high end additional graphics card from NVIDIA GeForce or AMD Radeon is essential for powerful gaming and video editing applications.
Now almost all laptops comes with a 4GB RAM, which is essential. For gaming or multimedia purpose a 8GB or more RAM is required. Most of the laptop have a single slot RAM slot, so if you want an upgrade you have to replace with a higher RAM. So buying a laptop with higher RAM saves time and money.
The data are permanently stored in the hard disk. Normal users requires a 500GB hard disk, gamer’s and graphic’s editors need a 1TB or more hard disk. Solid state drives are the latest addition in computer storage technology. The Solid State Drive (SSD) is costlier than HDDs, but SSDs are much faster than HDDs. SSD requires less time to boot and it is light weight. For travelers those who need not need that much storage look for an SSD based laptop, which give more battery life and lightweight to carry.
Last but not least, Display. Laptop display may vary from 13 inch to 17 inch. 14 inch or 15.6 inch displays are ideal display sizes. Most laptop comes with this figures. If you are using a 2 in 1 laptop, an 11.6 inch or 13.3 inch display is an ideal choice as it is easier to handle in tablet mode.
Laptop’s for All
For normal users the essential requirements are viewing or editing documents, web browsing, social networking and listen to music. For you a basic lightweight laptop with a decent performance is enough. A 13.3 inch or 14-inch display with a mid-range processor, a 4GB RAM and 500GB HDD or 128GB SSD is enough.
Advanced Users and Programmers
For you a multitasking laptop is essential. A 15.6 inch display or higher with a good a mid-range processor, a 4GB/8GB RAM, and a 1TB HDD is essential. Those who are looking for ultimate performance a dedicated graphics card and an SSD is a boost.
Travelers & Business People
I clubbed these two categories in to one, as these people’s requires a lot of travel. The laptop that need is essentially a lightweight one having a day long battery life. An 11.1 inch to 13.3 inch display and a battery life of 7 hours or more is essential. The laptop is to be thin and lightweight to carry with you always. A Mac book air or similar ultra-books are sufficient for travelers. Those who need the freedom of a tablet wants to invest in 2 in 1 flip type or detachable type laptop, as it is convenient to use it as a tablet while on travelling. I’m personally using a 2 in 1 detachable tablet, it’s worth every penny as I don’t want to carry a laptop and tablet separately. If I need to read some thing I can detach and use it as a tablet and when I want to work it as a laptop, I can attach with base, where having keyboard, all those USB ports and card readers. Nice invention, a highly useful product !
Gamer’s, Graphic Designer’s & Video Editors
For you a high end laptop with a powerful hardware required to do your works or play your games smoothly. You need a Full high-definition or a 4K display, more memory- more than 8GB, and essentially a dedicated powerful graphics card. You have to look for the best in the market having a powerful processor, maximum RAM and SSD+HDD combination or a large SSD. But for battery life you have to adjust with the beast.
After reading this long article you may get an idea about what you need and what not. You have to pick up the right CPU, Graphics Card (need or not) RAM and hard disk capacity. First think of your intended purpose, do you need a traditional laptop or a detachable laptop or a 360 degree flip type laptop or an ultra lightweight laptop. Once you reached an answer choose the screen size hat you expect, chose the right processor, RAM, storage space and so on. Don’t forget to pay enough attention to battery backup, as laptop’s are primarily intended for portability. You can choose the color, feel the material, plastic or metal body. You can check the track pad, speakers and Webcam. You can test the keyboard as the keys are good for typing or ugly loose type. Is it spill resistant or not? You can check the connectivity, ports available, etc. It is better to visit a store to check the item directly before buying, because you will get the look and feel of actual product. Then you can buy the same product online otherwise you don’t have any idea about the size, weight or body condition (slippery/rugged) of a laptop . Go to a shop and check the laptop, Final choice is yours !