Tips for buying a new laptop
For office workers or students, laptops have become a major necessity, especially in today’s WFH era. Laptops have become complete devices for work, study and entertainment.
There have been many laptops available in the market till now. Prices and models also vary. Well, if you’re planning to buy a new laptop for WFH, here are five tips for buying a new laptop.
1. Laptop size
Consider the size of the new laptop you plan to buy. The screen size you choose will obviously affect the size of the laptop.
Instead, choose a laptop that suits your needs. If you need high portability, go for a small laptop. With it you are mobile and can move easily due to its small size.
Mobile laptops typically have screen sizes ranging from 12.5 inches to 13.3 inches. This type of laptop weighs between 1 kg and 1.5 kg. Having said that, it’s very rare for a laptop of this size to have very fast specs. You won’t find a laptop with an Intel Core i7 processor in a device this small.
If you need a powerful laptop, whether it’s for design or gaming, like it or not, go for a big laptop. The reason is that a thick body is needed to store powerful components.
Generally, this type of laptop has a screen size between 14 and 17.3 inches. Its own weight can reach 2 kg.
2. Internal specifications
This is one of the most important factors to consider before buying a new laptop. There are at least four things to consider, namely processor type, RAM, VGA, and storage media capacity.
There are two processor vendors that are trusted the most today, namely Intel and AMD. Both also have different variants of processor products that range in price from one million to tens of millions of rupees.
For example, a laptop that is used a lot for typing and browsing is enough to use an Intel Core i3 processor. If you want to edit 4K videos, you need an Intel Core i7 processor.
RAM is also one of the factors that can affect the performance of the laptop. The higher the memory, the better the performance of the laptop for multitasking needs. Windows 10 currently requires at least 8 GB of RAM.
Most laptops are not equipped with an additional VGA. In fact, most processors are equipped with a fairly powerful graphics chip. However, if you want to play a lot of games, you should choose a laptop with an additional VGA as it is more powerful.
The last one is the capacity of the storage media. Of course, the larger the capacity of the storage medium, the more files you can store. Still, you can cheat a low-capacity laptop by buying external storage.
The higher the specification, the greater the impact on price. So make sure your budget is right!
3. Laptop Design
As technology advances, laptops also feature several innovations, especially in terms of design. Laptops used to be thick, now they’re super skinny. Previously the screen and keyboard were fused together, now there is a 2-in-1 model where the screen and keyboard are detachable or foldable up to 360 degrees.
Indeed, the futuristic design catches the eye. However, what really needs to be considered is durability, especially on the hinges. Is the design robust and durable?
Next, make sure you know the type of screen you’re using, its resolution, and the viewing angle of the screen.
For example, if you need a laptop for graphics work, you can choose a laptop with an IPS (In-Plane Switching) screen, which offers high sharpness and color accuracy, as well as a wide viewing angle. One thing cannot be denied, an expensive laptop definitely has better screen quality.
4. Battery life
This third point is one of the important considerations to take into account when buying a new laptop. On average, laptops sold have a battery life of around 6-8 hours.
Admittedly, battery life is a bit difficult to measure, as it depends on how the laptop is used, the application running, and the type of processor used. Therefore, it is highly recommended to read various reviews about the laptop you are planning to buy.
Also, make sure to take care of the laptop battery as much as possible to maintain its decent performance. For example, don’t charge constantly, don’t wait for the battery to be completely discharged or 0%, only charge, or charge a laptop that is turned off.
5. Full Connectivity
At this point, the need for WiFi is definitely a priority. Therefore, it is advisable to look for a laptop with full connectivity. In addition to being equipped with a WLAN connection, choose at least one laptop with three USB ports. And not less important to have other compatible ports such as LAN and HDMI/VGA.
However, some of the connectivity that was originally essential is slowly starting to disappear as laptop designs get slimmer and slimmer by the day. Many manufacturers are starting to make ultrabook laptop models that are slim and have minimal ports, but come with a USB Type-C port that supports higher data transfer rates of up to 40Gbps (if Thunderbolt 3 is supported). The solution is that you can still use the dongle as a port extender, which is getting rarer.
In addition to the five things above, you should also pay attention to warranty, additional support features, and security until budget is top of mind.