So it's that day when you want to say goodbye to your old laptop, its just too old, or it cracked down, or you feel like treating yourself with something new and useful.
And now that you are ready to start spending you go online or into the techstore and boom we're lost. So many options and so hard to understand all the specifications.
So this article would shed some light into the most important specifications to keep an eye on when buying a new laptop:
The size of the laptop. Depending on how you plan to use it you can choose between a small screen or a larger one. Laptop sizes start at 11'' -perfect for travelling, up to 17'' which is a great for working at home, but still have flexibility. This also dictates the weight which is usually between approx 1 kg and 1,5 kg.
The processor . This is the brain of the laptop, the bigger ''the brain'' the more complex tasks can it resolve simultanously fast. So before you spend a fortune on the newest processor on the market, think again what do you need it for? There are 2 choices AMD and Intel processors. Usually the AMD processors are cheaper than Intel but which one is better is highly debatable. The performance of the processors are described by the model. Most laptops carry an AMD Ryzen 5 or Ryzen 7 or Intel Core i5 or Core I7, but there are also stronger processors like AMD Ryzen 9 or Intel Core i9. The prices for these laptops go beyond 3000 euros and you would really be taking advantage of it if you are a professional gamer or work with ultrahigh definition imaginery.
Storage – There are usually options with 8GB RAM and 16 GB. So 8 GB should be enough for normal tasks, 16 GB are futureproof and anything below 8 GB is actually not recommendable.
Operating system. Here you can choose from a Windows, a Chrome OS and a Mac OS. While the Mac OS definitely needs some getting used to, a Chrome OS is usually requires less memory and its suitable for uncomplicated tasks, usually with a stable wifi connection and small storage needs.
The SSD is defining how big is the saving memory on your computer. Nowadays with so many cloud saving options this feature doesn’t seem the most important, but depending on how many files you want to save locally you can opt for a 512 GB or a 1000 GB.
Some cool gimmicks – if you can't decide between a laptop and a tablet, there are also touchscreen laptops. Most of them are also convertible – which means that the screen can turn 360 degrees. A 4K screen is also a nice to have, but you must throw in a few hundred euros more and it will reduce the battery per charging.
If you are looking for some tips, I would recommend that before you make any purchase think that you would be using this laptop for at least the next 3 years.
Few futureproof reccomendations, for different budgets: