Laptop Buying Guide: 14 essential tips to know before you buy any laptop

Before you spend your hard-earned money on the laptop must read a complete laptop buying guide.

Laptops are one of the most trending electronic gadgets that we all use almost every day in our life. 
 
Yet smartphones are yet trending among all due to their portability, but laptops are still a necessity. Either you are a student, professional, gamers, or for any other user type.
 
Several brands are available in the market that offers many laptops based on features, specifications, and prices. It isn’t apparent to choose a single model among all. 
 
This Laptop buying guide will help you to select the best laptop you are looking for, and that’s within your budget.
 
That’s why you have to figure out what’s your need. This laptop buying guide helps you to fix this issue, where we’ve listed some of the pro laptop buying tips, which help you select the best among all. So without further delay, let’s get started.

What's to keep in mind while buying a laptop?

1. User need?

Knowing your need is always your priority. When you are looking to buy a laptop, first make a checklist of your main moto to buy the laptop.
 
Are you looking for a laptop simply for gaming? Or are you looking for a laptop for your studies? 
 
A gamer laptop is entirely different from a graphics designer laptop. So to set the priority of your need is the first step of the laptop buying guide.
 
Once you’ve decided on the use case, the following steps are easy to go with: nothing but the laptop specifications. As I said earlier, there’s a lot of brands available in the market with their products.
 
It’s obvious as the specifications increase, the price also increases.

2.Processor

So let’s start with the processor. If you are a casual user looking for a day-to-day use laptop, then the i3 processor is well enough for your work type.

The most common task you can perform with an i3 processor is watching videos, browsing, running lite software and games.

If you are a student and looking for playing mid-range games along with day-to-day activity, then an Intel Core i5 processor is suitable for you. Added to that, you can also use more intensive software on your laptop with ease. 

The last range of the processors is i7 and i9 processors. These are on-the-top-of-the-line processors with a high price tag. If you are a pro gamer looking for a laptop or a software developer who needs to run high-intensive software, these processors are best to use.

If you are looking for a low-budget laptop, AMD Ryzen is the best alternative to Intel processors. AMD Ryzen 4000 and Ryzen 5000 are mainly designed to compete with i3 and i5 processors.

So if you are looking for a laptop low-budget laptop in the range of Intel i3 and i5 processors, then AMD Ryzen is the best option to go with. 

3. Display

Ideally, smaller laptops come with a 1368×768 resolution. If you are a casual user, then this resolution size is okay for you. However, 1920×1080, which is full HD, is an ideal resolution of any laptop.

Nowadays, many laptop companies in the market offer 4K laptops, but the major drawback is their battery life. As much as you increase your screen resolution, your battery performance will decrease.

In the display section after the resolution, you can look at the panel. However, that doesn’t matter much. 

The next thing you have to look out for is the refresh rate of the screen and NVIDIA G-Sync and AMD FreeSync support, which depends on the GPU.

Most of the laptops come with a 60Hz of refresh rate. Moreover, the gaming laptops refresh rate is 144 Hz, and some of the laptops more than that. As I said, if you aren’t a pro gamer, then a 144Hz refresh rate is well enough for you.

4. Memory

Nowadays, either you are purchasing a laptop for daily use or professional use, 8 GB ram is a must. Moreover, with 8 GB of RAM, you get the freedom to use many applications or tabs at a single time without your laptop crashing on you.
 
Most of the laptops come up with 4GB of RAM. So if you want to increase it later as per your need, you can do it. But you have to cross-check for the number of slots available to connect the RAM.
 
Yet, if you are a pro gamer, then 16Gb of RAM is recommended, but 8GB of RAM is ideal for a beginner gamer.

5. Graphics Card

Graphic cards needn’t be considered until you are looking for a laptop entirely dedicated to gaming. Most of the laptops come with integrated graphics cards.

If you are looking for a mid-budget laptop with a Full HD display, then RTX 2060 is well enough for you. NVIDIA GTX 1650Ti is best for a user who is looking for a basic gaming laptop.

However, if you need a high graphic laptop, we recommend going with NVIDIA RTX 2070 or higher.

6. Storage

Next is Storage. Selecting the storage is simple. If you need a higher end of storage, you can go up to 2 TB of HDD. If you are a user whose priority is speed over storage, then go with SSD.

Moreover, there are several laptops available in the market which support both HDD and SSD at the same time. 

To confirm it, you have to check did the laptop has an M.2 slot or not. If there is space, then yes, that laptop supports SSD and HDD together.

The only drawback of the SSD is the capacity is lower than the HDD.

7. Battery

The major reason Laptops are popular is because of their portability. Suppose you are a person who spends most of the time either traveling, which causes no availability of the power outlet for a long time. Then selecting the battery is essential for you.
 
A 3-cell-battery ideally gives up to 6 to 8 hrs of battery backup; however, it depends on the applications running in the background. A 4-cell-battery will give you up to 10  to 12 hrs of battery backup, depending on the uses of the laptop.
 
The best option is to use sleep and hibernation mode wisely. It increases your battery backup by consuming a low battery and gives you long battery life.

8. Upgradability

As I’ve explained in the above section, always go with a laptop, which has upgradeability. So if you’re required to increase RAM or Storage, you can easily upgrade later.
 
If the option isn’t available, then consider not going with the laptop.

9. Warranty

Warranty on any product is always a good thing. You only have to do little research about the warranty type the brands offer before buying any laptop.

There are multiple warranty types available for all of the brands. You only need to go through them and pick the best for you.

10. Ports

As much as the thinner laptop you are going with, and you get a low count of ports. The basic configuration most of the laptops offer is Type C USP ports, along with 3.1 ports. A 3.5mm headphone jack, an Rj45 port with HDMI ports, or some of them with a VGA port. 

These ports are used for several reasons, like HDMI port will allow you to connect your Television with your laptop. Some of the users connecting a projector with the laptop. So it all depends on your user type.

Considering this, you have to cross-check the number of ports you require is available on that laptop or not. 

In addition to that, some laptop brands stop providing the Rj45 port, which is also known as Lan port. So if you are going with such laptops, then you must cross-check the wireless feature.

For a primary user, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and up to 5GHz standards are well enough. Most of the wireless cards came up with in-built Bluetooth but never ignored that option.

11. Keyboard & Touchpad

The keyboard and the touchpad play a significant part in your laptop. If you plan to do a lot of work on your laptop, a solid keyboard and touchpad must be needed. Always cross-check the space between the touchpad and the keyboard, whether it is well enough or not.

If you’re planning to go with a 14-inch-laptop, then you won’t get the extra number pad. However, with 15-inch-laptops, that option is available.

12. Speakers

Speakers are only an added advantage you get with the laptop to watch a video or listening to music. But most of the time, external speakers or headphones are preferable for better audio quality. 

13. Softwares

To buy a laptop just for one year of free antivirus subscription isn’t be a great deal. There are a lot of antivirus deals available in the market, which you can buy later. 
 
Buying a pre-installed operating system might be a great deal for you. However, if you already have genuine windows, then you can save some of the amounts here.
 
Also, don’t forget to check which operating system they’re offering with the system as there are many operating systems available in the market. Some of them are Windows 10 Pro Windows 10 single language. 
 
Suppose you are planning to go with a laptop that doesn’t have a pre-installed operating system. But if you are paying some extra amount to the local vendor to install the OS, you must cross-check and take the activation Id proactively. It helps you to Install operating later. 
 
Beware of the local vendors, especially in the Indian market, offering Genuine windows at less price. In some scenarios, the vendor installs the trial version of the operating system, and later you have to face the consequences.

14. Brand

In the final segment of the Laptop Buying Guide, we are considering the Brand. A good brand is always with you when you need them. In the case of laptops, that’s technical support.

To fix a slight change in your laptop, you have to visit that particular brand service center. 

You try to avoid those brands, so always check the Brands, which are well recognized for their support. Trust me, going to a brand will help you in many ways.

Final verdict

So, finally, which brand and what configuration laptop are best? The answer is, it depends on your budget and your requirements. However, a price range of 35000 to 45000 is the sweet point for buying the best laptop. 

I hope you found this article on Laptop Buying Guide helpful. If so, share it with your friends who are yet confused about buying a budget laptop. I am also excited to know how many of you had which laptop and your views on choosing the best budget laptops. 

If you have any questions for me, feel free to ask in the comment section. I love to answer them. Thank you…

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