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7 Things To Consider When Buying A Laptop

A laptop is no longer a luxurious product, it has been a part and parcel device of our busy life style. Compact enough to carry on the shoulder (or hand) and capable enough to run powerful computer programs, a laptop is the best gadget for serious work or play on the road or at the home!
Chances are quite high that you are reading this article on a laptop screen as laptop sales all around the world is surpassing desktop sales over the last couple of years.
7 Things To Consider When Buying A Laptop All laptops aren’t made for the same and aren’t built with the same features and configuration. So, selecting the laptop with right features is critical to serve the purpose for which you are planning to purchase the laptop. Here are a few handy things that you should think over when buying a laptop:

Size and Weight:

If you move frequently and love to work from any place you feel like, you should be concerned about the portability of the laptop. You should pick up a laptop that typically has a screen size ranging from 11 to 13 inch and a weight around 1 to 1.5 KG. Typically, Ultrabooks are built to be lightweight and slim for easy movement. So, any ultrabook should match with your needs here.

Screen Quality

Most probably, you would be watching your laptop screen for long hours every day once you fall for it! So, you must consider the screen quality. Buy a laptop with a screen that is comfortable to look at. At present, many laptop offers touch screen facility. This means, the screen would be glossy and will create bad impact on the eyes if you keep staring at them for long hours. It’s better to avoid buying laptops with touch screen if that’s not really needed for your work.

Look for the resolution too. Full HD or 1920x1080-pixel resolution would be best if you like to line up lots of Icons/Folders on your screen as well as watch images or videos or movies. HD resolution will provide you better user experience about anything you see on the laptop.

Keyboard Quality

No matter whether you are a typing pro or a novice just started to use the laptop, you need a comfortable and good keyboard. Whatever job you do on your laptop, you need to stroke the keys a lot. So, a comfortable keyboard could make your laptop-use-experience a lot better.

It’s better to purchase a laptop with full sized keys and some space around the arrow keys. It will help you move your fingers fast over the keys and locate them easily. Also, try to get a keyboard that has back light. It will help you type easily on dimly environment and in no light situation.


When it comes to CPU, it’s hard to not think of Intel’s core based CPUs available in the market at the moment- Core i3, Core i5, Core i7. If you are someone who is a multi-tasker or heavy user of multimedia content, you should purchase any of the Core i-series processor of Intel. Core i3 is for entry level users whereas Core i7 is intended for people like software developers, Mobile app developers or Video and Animation developers.

Storage Capacity

Once upon a time, the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) would have ruled the word of computer storage. Now it is time for the SSD (Solid State Drive) reign. Though SSD is still quite a bit expensive, it offers more speed, generates lower heat and produces no noise. If you are thinking to buy the laptop for professional work, you should pick up one with SSD. However, if storage capacity is important to you and you have a budget constraint, HDD would still be a good choice.


At current technological trend, you should get at least 4 GB of RAM. Any less than that would result in significant performance issue. The computer programs or videos being released right now require at least 4 GB RAM. However, if you are planning to use the laptop for professional work (excluding writing emails and word documents) like video or image editing, you should opt for at least 8 GB RAM.

Battery Life

The tasks you do on your laptop affect the battery life significantly. So, you shouldn’t expect the manufacturer-quoted battery life to be exactly what it says. If your work requires a lot of processing or you stream a lot of online videos regularly, it’s likely that your laptop battery will drain faster. The power of the battery is measured in milliamp-hours (mAh) or Watt-hours (Wh). The higher these figures will be, the longer the battery will last.


To buy a good laptop, you should consider all the features mentioned above. If you want to play all the games on your laptop but don’t have big budget, check out these Laptops under 500 Dollars. There is high chance that all those features in a laptop would surpass your budget. In that case, you will need to balance the features with your needs and budget. 

If you have liked this article or have more tips to share around this or simply know more about buying laptops and can guide our readers, drop your comments here.

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