These days, it is almost impossible to go by a day without having to touch a computer. From writing letters, submitting assignments, doing research, and even entertainment, a laptop will come in handy. This is why everyone needs one.
Truth be told, not every laptop is made equal, and some are powerful than others. However, you might be surprised to find out that you probably do not need the most expensive laptop. They all are made with different users in mind, and as a user, you have to know what to look for. Here are some pointers to help you choose a good laptop for your needs—but before we delve into that here are some things that you need to know.
Basic computer parts
RAM is the shorthand for Random Access Memory—the part of a computer where an instance of a program is loaded before it can be used. From that description, you can tell that the more the ram, the more the applications your
computer can handle at a go.
You probably know about the hard disk. This is the internal storage, where the Operating System and other files are stored. This is where you store your documents, pictures, music, and videos. There are two types of hard disks; HDD and SSD. HDD is the mechanical one, which has a rotating disk inside, and SSD is a Solid State Drive, more like a phone’s memory card, without any moving parts.
A processor is the heart or brain of a computer. It computes and executes programs. The more the processing power, the faster and more work it can accomplish in a short time.
The GPU is the Graphical Processing Unit; it helps the CPU (processor) by taking over all the graphical operations. This makes a computer much better, and a good choice for editing graphical information,
The display is the screen. Usually measured in inches. Laptops range from 10″ to 17″, where the ” is an indicator for inches; so 10″ is 10 Inches. Screens also have different display technologies; with the main ones being LCD, LED, and TFT. A screen also has a property called the resolution; commonly referred to as SD or HD. The more the resolution, the clearer the screen will be.
Buying the perfect laptop
Based on what has been discussed above, you can choose a perfect laptop that is tailored for the job that you do.
Office work and media consumption
In general, office work, and media consumption do not need a lot of computational power. A laptop with 500GB HDD, Dual Core processor, and 2GB RAM is more than sufficient.
Gaming, Video editing, programming, CAD, and simulations.
If you intend to use your laptop for intensive computing, then you better go for a beefed up laptop. At least get an SSD drive for the OS and a 1TB HDD for secondary storage, 8GB RAM, an i5 Intel processor—or something equivalent, and HD display.