Buying a New Laptop – What to Know, and What to Look For

The time is here for the year again. The summer is drawing to a close, which means cooler weather and leaves changing color, and that schools across the country are getting ready to officially open their doors. One thing that lots of parents (and students) are anticipating is the fact that schools are starting to require that students have laptops to be used in their classes. 

But don’t fret, because I’ve compiled a checklist that can make the purchase of the ideal laptop much simpler for you. If you’re not planning to go to school this year the guide will aid you in your search to find a person or business laptop for yourself or for someone who is in need this Christmas.

Why would you want to buy a brand new Laptop?

Perhaps you’re one of those parents searching for the right laptop for their child to bring to school in the coming year. Or you’re in search of a laptop that will give you an edge in your work. The reason for which you’re purchasing your laptop will determine what you’ll require from your new model. If the laptop you purchase will be running Computer Animated Design software for instance, you’ll require a faster processor than you would if you were making use of it to do Word Processing or Internet based research. Are you a serious player? Do you enjoy editing your photos or making videos? You are a professional musician who wants to increase your exposure? It might be beneficial to note down every possible scenario that you might be able to imagine using your laptop prior to reading the next section of this guide to ensure that you’re getting the best from the device.

Laptops are available in a variety of sizes and shapes.

Size does matter.

This is an aspect that many people do not consider when buying laptops, but the physical size and dimensions that a laptop has are among the top significant. The processor, the capacity of RAM and the hard drive are able to be replaced and upgraded depending on the need, features like the dimensions that the computer is, its layout of its different input and output ports and the weight of it are all factors that you’re likely to remain with following your purchase. The questions to ask yourself are:

  • What size of screen will I require?
  • Do I plan on transporting this laptop everywhere?
  • What number of peripherals will to be connected on the laptop?
  • Do I really regret not having the NUMPAD in my laptop?

The screen’s size will directly impact your laptop’s size, therefore this is an important question. If you’re purchasing the laptop to edit images or create videos, play games, or to watch films and TV, then you’ll need a larger screen. Remember that larger screen laptops weigh more, so if you’re planning to traverse a vast campus regularly, you’ll have to think about this too. The number of peripherals that you’ll connect to your laptop can help narrow the things you’ll use it for. The most important thing to consider is the amount of USB ports that you’ll be able to use, since the majority of devices and accessories connect to laptops using these ports. Printers that aren’t wireless or a tablet for drawing and a wireless or wired mouse, as well as an USB storage device are just a few examples of devices that can be connected via USB. If you plan on hooking your laptop to a screen at any point, you should think about the Output connection on your laptop too. One of the most neglected aspects of laptops is whether or not the keyboard has the NUMPAD keyboard. It’s the 16-button area that sits next to the Arrow keys that looks like a phone. However, it is possible to buy an USB powered NUMPAD that is external to your laptop, but in case you’re already using one, you should attach it to your laptop.