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Buying Guide: Choosing the Right Laptop

March 23, 2018
Buying Guide: Choosing the Right Laptop

In the market for a new laptop? Our guide will help you find the best one for your needs.

A laptop can become the center of everything we do when it comes to work, so you need to make sure you invest in the right one for your needs. Because it can potentially be a big investment and something you need to rely on, we’ve put together a guide to help set you in the right direction.

Not all laptops are created equally. They come with various running speeds, memory, screen sizes and more. Take the following details into consideration before making your purchase.

Processor

The processor is the driving force of the laptop. It determines how powerful it is and what programs it can run. Most laptops will have an Intel or AMD processor. If you work in graphics, you should consider a high performing processor and a separate graphics card to keep it running smoothly.

Graphics

Most laptops can run graphics on low resolution, unless you have a laptop meant for videogames which runs the graphics separate from the processor, allowing for great graphics at faster speeds.

Sounds

Speakers vary widely between laptops. Some come with great sound quality while others don’t. Using earphones or additional speakers can also change this feature. Unless you are in the music industry, the sound quality usually isn’t of great importance.

Memory  

Not to be confused with storage, RAM (Random-Access Memory) will help the processor run different tasks at once. Most laptops come with 4 to 8 gigabytes of RAM. At least 6GB is recommended for those working with video processing and high-resolution graphics.

Storage

We recommend a minimum of 120GB SSD, while storing unimportant documents on the share can free up a lot of your space. Unlike a desktop, it is hard to update the storage of a laptop, however it is possible. To save yourself the headache, determine what it is you need to do and adjust your storage as needed. If you work with a lot of images or video files, opt for a larger storage option. If you use a lot of Word or PDF documents, then at least 120GB should be sufficient.

Touchscreen

Many Windows and Chromebook laptops are now coming out with touchscreen options. In the same way you operate your smartphone or tablet, you can move and manipulate things on your screen with both a mouse or your finger.

Screen Resolution

The higher the resolution, the better the image quality. For those working with images, such as photographers and graphic designers, a QHD (Quad HD) or 4K Ultra HD is a great choice for a super sharp picture. Other options include HD, HD+, full HD and retina display.

Size

Laptop screen sizes generally range from 11 to 17 inches. The bigger the screen, the bigger the overall machine. Bigger screens also consume more power and weigh more, being ideal for gamers and those who need to view documents side by side easily.

Keyboard and Touchpad

Touchpads in the past were known for being awful, with cursors jumping all over the place thanks to buttons being implemented in the touchpad. Now, many Microsoft laptops have precision touchpads where a big improvement is seen. However, you may want to invest in a wireless mouse.

Keyboards are varied depending on the laptop size. Some bigger computers may have more functions available and number pads while smaller laptops can have smaller keys. Investing in a wireless keyboard may be a better option for you instead of trying to find the right laptop with the preferred keyboard.

Battery Life

Laptops that have high operating processors generally have a lower battery life and vice versa. The laptops with the highest battery life tend to be very basic, meaning that the more features you add, the less battery life there tends to be. Consider getting a backup battery if you are working with a lot of graphics and need to be able to move your laptop around conveniently.

The Big Question – Mac or PC?

Mac used to be the go-to version for anyone who was working in visual media. It can make designing easy, but Windows has now caught up in a big way. Windows laptops now come with a host of features for visual media that is outperforming Apple as of late. Don’t rule Apple out though, it’s expected that we will see big changes in the new generation of Macs.

Your new laptop will look even better with new office furniture and other essentials to help you stay productive in the workplace. We can help you choose an ergonomic office chair that allows you to work comfortably with your new laptop, along with printers that can be connected easily to print your work. Check out our website today to see all we have to offer that can complement your laptop and your workspace.

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