One shouldn’t just jump into the market and buy a laptop just because he or she needs one.
Before buying a laptop you must be sure of what you actually need else you may end up buying what will not serve your needs. A laptop is a very delicate device and even more delicate in usage. Below I will give you a list 8 things to consider before buying a laptop.
1. Your Purpose Or Need For The Laptop
Before buying there must be a need. First, you must identify that need which is the purpose or why you need to buy a laptop. Purpose of a laptop may include; Graphics Design, Desktop Publishing, Gaming, Programming, Video Production etc. It is from this purpose you can tell the specification of the laptop you actually need. For instance, A graphics designer may need an AMD laptop over an Intel laptop, reasons because AMD is preferred more in graphics; likewise a game programmer or video editor will need a laptop with higher RAM, Unlike someone into desktop publishing who may not even consider the RAM. Try to identify your need before going to the market, this is very necessary for comfort and usage.
2. What Are You Willing To Spend (Price)
The amount you are willing to spend in acquiring a laptop is also very necessary. You must not spend what you didn’t budget for. Why go for an Apple laptop which is very expensive when you can get a good hp or Dell laptop half the price of that Apple, and can also suit your need. Though if you have the money to acquire an Apple laptop then go for it. If you can’t afford a new laptop with the specifications you need, then you can as well go for a used one.
3. Laptop Brand
All I can say here is that you should always go for a brand which is known to be Strong, Durable, User Friendly and Easy to Repair. For me, durability is what I look out for the most. Dell laptop has been known to be one of the best brands, it is highly durable and easy to repair too.
4. Hard Disk Storage
Hard disk storage is also very important to take note of before buying a laptop. Most people prefer a laptop with hard disk as much as 1 terabyte, and some even end up upgrading their hard disk without considering the RAM, and this may end up crashing their laptop. Before buying a new laptop, make sure the hard disk size will suit your need. Note that in some cases very high hard disk might slow down your laptop.
5. Random Access Memory (RAM)
With the wide range of technological advancement, I will not advise anyone to go for a laptop with a RAM less than 4GB. The higher the RAM the Better and faster your laptop will become, however, 8GB RAM is highly recommended. Especially when you are expected to have heavy applications on your laptop.
Bigger size does not mean better performance in a laptop, but a bigger screen. What a big size laptop can do, a mini laptop can still do the same. Size in the case of laptop is choice. Therefore, if you care much about portability you may want to go for a mini laptop, while programmers may prefer a big size laptop.
7. Laptops with Good Battery Life
The battery life should be a huge concern to you especially when you want to buy a used laptop. A good battery should last at least 3 hours. With power issues here in Nigeria, what else will you expect from a laptop if not a longer lasting battery?
8. Screen Quality and Keyboard
Consider screen quality, especially if you are into graphics and video production. consider the keyboard also, as an extended keyboard may be preferred if you are involved in lots of typing not just a basic keyboard.