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

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.
 
There are numbers of brands available in the market offers many laptops based on features, specifications, and prices. It’s quite confusing 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 helps you to 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 what’s your main moto to buy the laptop.
 
Are you looking for a laptop only for gaming? Or you are looking for a laptop for your studies? 
 
Always a gamer, laptop is completely 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 next steps are easy to go with, which is 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 much the specifications increase the price also increases.

2.Processor

So let’s start with the processor. If you are a casual user who is 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 the 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 and looking for a laptop or a software developer who needs to run high-intensive software, then these processors are best to use.

If you are looking for a low-budget laptop, then 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 fine for you. However, 1920×1080, which is full HD, is ideal resolution of any laptop.

Nowadays, there are a lot of laptop companies in the market which offer 4K laptops, but the major drawback of those laptops are there battery life. As much as you increase your screen resolution, much your battery performance will decrease.

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

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

Major of the laptops come with 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 144Hz of refresh rate is well enough for you.

4. Memory

Nowadays, either you are purchasing a laptop for daily use or for 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 numbers of slots available to connect the RAM.
 
Yet, if you are a pro gamer, then 16Gb of RAM is recommended, but for a beginner gamer, 8GB of RAM is ideal.

5. Graphics Card

Graphic cards needn’t much consider until you are looking for a laptop, which is completely dedicated for gaming. Most of the laptops come with integrated graphics cards.

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

However, if you need a laptop with a high graphic then we recommend to go 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 the speed over storage, then go with SSD.

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

To confirm it, you have to check did the laptop has an M.2 slot on the motherboard or not. If the slot is there, 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. If 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 pretty important for you.
 
A 3-cell-battery ideally gives up to 6 to 8 hrs of battery backup however it depends on the applications running at 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 low battery and gives you a long battery life.

8. Upgradability

As i’ve explained in the above section, always go with a laptop, which has the option of Upgradability. 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, you get a low count of ports on that. The basic configuration most of the laptops offer is Type C USP ports, along with 3.1 ports. A 3.5mm headphone jack, a Rj45 port with HDMI ports or some of them with VGA port. 

These ports are used for several reasons, like HDMI port will give you the option to connect your Television with your laptop. Some of the user connecting a projectors with the laptop. So all depends on your uses type.

Considering this, you have to cross-check the numbers of port you require are available on that laptop or not. 

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

For a basic 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

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

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

12. Speakers

Speakers are only an added advantage you get with the laptop to watch 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 1 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 amount here.
 
Also, don’t forget to check which operating system they’re offering with the system. As there are a lot of operating systems available in the market. Some of them are Windows 10 Pro windows, 10 single-language. 
 
If you are planning to go with a laptop which doesn’t have a pre-installed operating system. But if you are paying some extra amount to the local vendor to install the OS, then you must cross-check and take the activation Id proactively. It helps you to Install operating later. 
 
Beware of the local vendors, especially in Indian market, offering Genuine windows in less price. Some of the scenarios the vendor installs, trial version of operating system and later you have to face the consequences.

14. Brand

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

What if I say, to fix a small change in your laptop, you have to visit that particular brand service center. 

Definitely you try to avoid those brands, so always check the Brands, which are well recognized for their support. Trust me, by going 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 are 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 to buy a budget laptop. I am also excited to know how many of you had which laptop and your views on how to choose 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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