Buying a laptop can be a tedious task. There are thousands of models from bunch of manufacturers in the market. Worry not, we bring to you a 4 step process which can help you in finding the laptop which meets your needs. It may sound complicated at first, but be assured that it’ll be worth it to ensure you put money on the best device. So, let’s start:
Step 1: What’s your Budget?
This is the first step for just about everything that we set out to purchase. Today laptops are available from just Rs. 20,000 to even costing a bomb with the price tag of Rs. 1 lakh and above. So, it’s essential to define your price range for the laptop, so that you can get the features you want under your budget only. Talking about features, let’s see the next step.
Step 2: What’s your requirements?
Laptops today can be general purpose to even a dedicated workhorse or a gaming machine or loaded with multimedia centric capabilities. If you know, what will be the usage of the laptop, then you can skip to the next step. If not, then check how various laptops are differentiated with these parameters-
1)Physical Attributes: Gone are the days, when laptops used to exist in only one form. Today, laptops exist in multiple forms such as hybrids. For example, Lenovo Yoga has four factors- Tablet, Laptop, Tent and Stand.
2)Screen Size: This is also a critical factor in shortlisting the laptops, since bigger screen size will certainly offer you large real estate for work and watching movies, but at the same time, it will be comparatively bulkier than smaller screen size laptops.
3)OS: This is relatively easier as there are three options- Windows, Mac OS and Linux. If you’re familiar with Mac OS, then only Apple laptops will suffice your needs, and for Linux, you can buy a laptop devoid of any OS and install Linux on it yourself. If Windows is the choice of OS, then there are tons of option.
4)Hardware: This consists of Processor, RAM and Storage capacity. The storage is easiest to understand as you know how much content you would like to save in your machine and thus decide between hard-disk and solid-state disk along with the capacity. Regarding RAM, it’s like more the merrier, but if you need for general purpose usage than 2-4 GB is fine. If you need the laptop for gaming or video editing kind of tasks, then it’s suggested to go with more than 4 GB of RAM. Processors are currently made by two companies- Intel and AMD. Intel offers i3, i5 or i7 processors, while AMD combines CPU and GPU under the name APU with A4, A6, A8 and A10 models.
5)Extras: This includes connectivity, ports, DVD/ Blu-ray drive and battery. Features such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 are standard in most laptops. But, there may be one or two ports only depending upon the laptop’s size. Other features also depends upon the laptop’s form and price.
Step 3: Find Laptops which fits your need
Take a breath! Your primary tasks are done, now you only need to shortlist your laptops based on the preferences chosen at Step 1 and 2.
You can use a service such as 91mobiles Laptop Finder, where these preferences can be mentioned and let it automatically list the laptops based on those filters. The best part about such filtering mechanism is that you can select as many as you want (however, you might end up getting 0 results then since none of the laptops match those exact needs) or specifically choose one or two things in particular.
Step 4: Finding the Perfect One
So, now you’ve set your eyes upon 2-3 shortlisted laptops which completely fit your needs. How would you be able to make a difficult decision of finding one from them to finally buy? That’s where reviews come in. There are several websites which review the laptops and lists down their pros and cons-
These reviews will give you critical analysis of the devices and you can thus be sure of whether it will make a good purchase or not.
Congratulations! For finding the best laptop for you and enjoy your purchase.