There are various sites on Google that have well-written articles on Laptop buying guide. But I have made a simple approach to make you understand the basics of buying a Laptop in this Laptop buying guide tutorial
Why Do You Need A Laptop?
Before buying a new laptop you should know why you need a laptop? Do you need it just because your neighbor or a relative had bought a new one recently or you do you really have some serious work to do? After you make your decision it comes to a question that you should buy a desktop or a laptop? If a laptop then why?
This simple article on laptop buying guide will solve all your queries.
Desktop vs Laptop
Advantages of Desktops over Laptops:
- A desktop will cost you between 10,000 to 20,000 INR lesser than a laptop with the same configurations available.
- You can customize your desktop in the future according to your choice. You can change the parts of your Desktop computer to improve its performance. Although, laptops also offer you some customization but in a very limited way.
- The performance of a desktop is considerably higher than a laptop. That is why most of the gamers consider Desktops over Laptops.
Advantages of Laptops over Desktops:
- Laptops are portable and can be taken from one place to another easily.
- You can get a battery life of around 6 to 8 hours in case of laptops. On the other hand, desktops needs a UPS so that in case of
powercut the machine doesn’t shut down immediately. Although the battery back up of UPSs is very limited.
Which One To Buy?
According to me if you are not a pro gamer(although gamers also use laptops to play high-end games, the compatible ones come costly) you should buy a laptop for sure.
Now comes the question of processors. Which processor you should consider?
There are two major processors available in the market. They are AMD and INTEL.
INTEL Or AMD Processors?
If you are buying a cheap and basic laptop say less than 20,000 INR you should go for AMD processors as the power of AMD processors is high but comes cheap. INTEL processors embedded in laptops under 20,000 INR have low power.
If you want to buy a decent laptop with some good configurations go for INTEL processors for sure. INTEL processors can handle multitasking easily.
Type Of Intel Processors
Intel make different processors like Pentium4, Dual Core, Core2Duo, i3, i5, and i7. The latest versions which are ruling the market are i3, i5, and i7. The cores present in these processors are 2, 4 and 8 respectively. The higher the number of cores a processor has, the more easily it can handle instructions easily.
i3 Or i5 or i7?
If you want to see movies, browse the internet and do some basic works, then i3 processors are best for you.
On the other hand, if you want to edit videos, use photoshop or want to run some other heavy software go for i5.
And if you want to play some very high-end games which require high-end graphics and processing go for i7 processors.
Generations Of The Processor
After processors, the most important thing inside a laptop is RAM.
RAM stands for random access memory and we all know that.
Actually, a processor is designed to process the instructions it gets and gives the output accordingly. Before any instruction goes to a processor to be processed it should be stored in some memory.
This memory is contained by a RAM. The RAM stores the instruction and gives it to the processor to process. The higher the capacity of the RAM will be the more easily you can do the multitasking easily.
Which RAM To Opt?
If you buy an i3 processor laptop then 4GB of RAM is sufficient for you.
If you are buying an i5 or i7 processor laptop, then the minimum capacity of RAM you should go for is 8GB because a 4GB RAM is not going to handle the instructions an i5 or i7 is capable of.
It can’t handle that much of instructions at a time an i5 and i7 processors can process.
Ultimately, your system will face major lags and heat problems.
There Are Different Generations Of RAM.
They are DDR, DDR2, DDR3, and DDR4. The latest version is DDR4. The technology used in these RAMs consumes less battery power and you get maximum storage power. The storage means how fast you can read and write the instructions in the RAM.
In DDR4, the read-write speed is maximum.
Go for the latest version i.e., DDR4 because the version changes frequently and lasts maximum up to 1 year only. Every year the RAMs get updated and a new version hits the market.
After RAM, the most important thing to consider is a Hard Drive. Hard Drives resemble the capacity of Hard Disks present in a computer.
Type Of Hard Drives
There are two kinds of hard disks available in the market, HDD(Hard Disk Drive) and SSD(Solid State Drive). The space you get in HDDs is much higher than SSDs but it uses a traditional technology in which the data is stored inside a cylinder.
On the other hand, in SSDs the data is stored in chips. SSDs are latest technology and the read-write speed of SSDs is much higher than HDDs.
SDDs Are Costlier
SSDs are costlier than HDDs. A 128 GB SSD will cost you around 4000 to 5000 INR. That is
Either you get a pre-installed Microsoft Windows operating system or you get an MS-DOS in which you have to install Windows from external sources.
Windows Vs MS-DOS
If you buy a pre-installed Windows operating system laptop you have to pay 7000 to 8000 more as compared to an MS-DOS laptop with the same configurations because the provider is charging you the amount he paid to Microsoft for purchasing the original version of Windows.
Anyhow for purchasing the original version of Windows, you have to pay a sum of around 7000 to 8000. Or you can install the pirated version of Windows if you don’t want to spend those money.
Which One To Buy?
I don’t support a pirated version as you might get stuck in some problems later on like virus attack or data theft.
So, it is better to buy a pre-installed Windows operating system for your laptop.
You can also buy a LINUX or UBUNTU operating system installed machine but they are not widely used.
After operating system the important thing to consider is Display.
By display I mean by resolution. Laptop prices also gets fluctuated according to the resolution it supports.
Types Of Resolution
- 720p : 1280 x 720 ~ HD resolution.
- 1080p: 1920 x 1080 ~ FHD or Full HD resolution.
- Other than these there are 2K, 4K and 8K resolutions. These resolutions refers to the number of pixels a display has.
For e.g., the 2K display has 2000 pixels whereas the 8K display has 32000 pixels which is 16 times more than 2K.
If you are buying an FHD display laptop than make sure it has a dedicated graphics card installed.
The graphics card or the GPU processes the display resolution and gives you the output that you see on your screen.
AMD Or NVIDIA?
AMD and NVIDIA are the two major GPU manufacturing companies and most laptops embeds either two of them.
If you are on a low budget side and don’t want to play high-end games on your laptop go for AMD GPUs.
But if you want to get an extreme performance from your laptop you can go for NVIDIA graphics card as they are more powerful than AMD.
- Choose Laptop over Desktop.
- Processor ~ Minimum Intel core i5.
- RAM ~ Minimum 4GB.
- GPU ~ AMD or NVIDIA. Ignore INTEL HD graphics.
- Hard Drive ~ Minimum 1TB HDD. Minimum 128GB for SDD hard drives.
- Operating system ~ Pre-installed Windows10.
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