No matter your preferred operating system or required specification, there are laptops for sale for everybody. This article helps you make the best choice.
When choosing a new laptop computer, there are several factors to look for. The size, speed, specification, and operating system (Windows, Linux, Mac or Chrome) are all important factors for deciding your use case. Thinking about these factors along with how you are planning to use your laptop will help you choose the very best device for the job.
The types of laptop
There are many different styles of laptop PC. Heavier builds are best for office-based work, while lighter styles offer a better fit for remote workers or commuting. Laptops are available in family size for heavier use such as movie streaming or work use, or ultra-portable for flipping out on a train or airplane.
Choosing whether to buy a tablet, laptop or notebook style PC will depend on how you mostly plan to use your PC. It is also possible to add accessories to make different types of PC fulfil different roles. Even the lightest models can have a keyboard and mouse added in to create a handy mini workstation for video calls and checking email.
Choosing the specification
The next decision is whether to go for an entry, mid-range or high spec laptop. Entry level devices are perfect for simple tasks and irregular use. Cheap laptops are readily available, and their low price comes above other criteria.
If budget is your main criteria or you just need a device that will not be too badly missed if it gets damaged, many PCs are available that fit this brief. Slower-running, heavier, or shorter battery life models are always available for cheaper prices. Even these models of PC are sufficiently well built to fill a role, and usually come with at least a one-year warranty.
For standard web searching, checking email and typing written content, these lower specification laptops function fine. Their use case can be a child’s first laptop, watching SD videos or typing up further education assignments. As a family PC they can also be ideal to watch Netflix or Prime because they are not precious enough to worry about spills or heavy fingers.
Mid-range PCs are a better fit for commuters that carry their laptop with them for work, and regular users that have are slightly more demanding of their laptop.
The best fit devices for portability are computers that are light and thin to make them easier to carry. Ultraportable models are perfect for this and can fit in an existing rucksack or small PC bag.
Families with older children, college students living at school or business professionals that work a lot in the field are the most common use cases for mid-range laptops. This spec device is perfect for running online games, HD video streaming, and downloads. Mid-range devices are also perfectly suited to running video conferencing agents such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom or GoToMeeting.
The only time mid-range PCs can be left wanting is with higher demand processing tasks such as video edits or highly graphic games that require higher compute power to run smoothly.
The most high-end PCs combine many of the advantages of low-end and mid-range devices. With a combination of fast compute power and easily transportable frame, high-end laptops offer the best of both worlds. This balance is achieved by using the best quality processors, high RAM, and the best graphics cards. High resolution screens also provide the best experience for playing videos or games.
The top spec laptops are commonly used by professionals that work all day on a PC. This could be small business owners, marketing managers or architects using CAD software. These more intense computing requirements such as graphic design, editing videos or audio clips, software development or game production will need the most powerful CPU.
Choosing your operating system
In many ways, operating systems are more divisive than the machines that run them. Many people stick fast to their preferred OS for life. As all the major operating systems have their pros and cons, much of this conversation is purely down to personal preference.
The main operating systems are Windows (Microsoft), Mac (Apple), Linux, Chrome (Google), and Android. If you do not already have a preference, consider your choice against what you plan to primarily use your computer for. Software comes in versions adapted to different operating systems, so check a few of your most commonly used platforms and check their OS compatibility.