Buying a new laptop isn’t easy, there is so much to choose from and so many things to consider it can be really confusing. This is what you need to know:
the first thing you need to figure out is what you need to use a laptop for. Whether you are a student or doing productivity work, whether you are a designer, video editor, photographer or a gamer your needs are going to be different. But one of the things you need to know is your budget. Budget is going to be the key to what you can get.
The main components of a laptop are. The processor, you are going to have to decide between i5 and i7, the second one is more powerful, but the first one is cheaper. RAM is one the most important things you can think when you are buying a laptop because it’s really going to determine, how many of the applications you can use and how quickly are they going to run. Everything under 8gb of RAM for a laptop is the bad decision. The graphics is another thing to consider, most of you don’t need graphics to do anything really, so GPU is not a deal breaker if you are mainly doing photoshop, after effects, final cut pro or adobe premiere for the most part even if you ‘re doing color grading you don’t have to go there. It makes things go faster and better but also it is very expensive. If you are doing gaming and you want the best resolution, the best settings then yes, you will need a better video card for that.
If you are photography enthusiast and like to have USB ports and sd card slots, depending on your budget is and what type of laptop you get you might actually have to sacrifice those things. The MacBook for example only has USB C port, so that is going to be very limiting for you especially since you will have to spend more money on additional adapters that are compatible with it. The MacBook air product line still uses USB 2.0, in some cases 3.0 in the newer stuff that’s something to keep in mind.
On the other hand, never laptops from the competitors are using everything from Thunderbolt 3 to USB 3.0. so those might be things that matter, depending on what your work or setup is.
But even if the spec and connectivity and are right, if the keyboard and touchpad are poorly made then it’s not going to be whole fun to use. It’s highly recommended that you try it in the store before you buy it because keyboards are very tricky to talk about.
When we talk about battery choose carefully because when retailers say it is six hours, you can expect more like four hours in the real world. Battery size, 4K, resolution of the screen, the graphics card has the biggest impact on its duration.