7 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Next Laptop
When it’s time for an upgrade it can be quite daunting trying to figure out which is the best fit for you. We have created the ultimate buying guide to make the process as easy as possible. Keep reading to find out 7 things to consider when choosing your next laptop.
Random access memory, better known as RAM, is where the data you are actively using is stored. The amount of RAM we require for our projects, programs and general use has increased over the years. 4GB of RAM used to be the go-to amount for any use, nowadays 8GB should be the absolute minimum. If you are a power-user and run various programs and applications at a time 16GB would be the way to go. Finally, if you are into gaming 32GB will provide you the best experience.
Hard drives are what we are used to seeing as the storage for laptops. However, recently there has become a new kid on the block. Solid state drives (SSD) have become more favourable to manufacturers for a number of reasons. SSD’s are smaller, compact, have minimal temperature levels and less noise. SSD’s require less power to function, which is great for boosting your battery life.
The battery life of your laptop is essential for ultimate usability. For business, study, traveling or for at-home use a minimum of an 8 hour battery life is ideal to perform at it’s best. To feel confident about your laptop’s battery life read third party reviews from real customers to learn more on their experience.
A quality laptop can imply a number of things, like the build, screen or keyboard elements.
Build quality refers to the materials, and resistance factors of your laptop. Look for laptops and brands that pride themselves on endurance
You will be looking at your screen for potentially hours at a time, the quality is important to ensure it’s comfortable to look at and use. Depending on the use of the laptop consider things like display refresh rate, colour accuracy, wide colour gamut and HDR standards, as well as in-plane switching for the most comfortable experience possible.
You will want to make sure your keyboard has a comfortable layout, full sized keys and enough space. Keyboards that also offer backlit functions are great for laptop use in dim environments.
Before making the final decision on your next laptop be sure to do your research on how much testing the laptop has undergone, if it’s good it shouldn’t be too hard to find. You will usually find the manufacturers raving about it
Finally, the last factor we have chosen to include is the reputation of the brand. You want to feel confident in your choice of brand. Before making any decisions read reviews to see how the brand looks after their customers. Accurate and timely support is a necessity. Remember, your laptop is only as good as the brand who stands behind it.
Although choosing the right laptop for you can be an overwhelming decision, renting can be a great way to try before you buy. If you decide the laptop isn’t the right match for you simply return any time after the minimum rental period. Alternatively, if you have found your perfect fit you can apply to purchase at any stage!