The regular laptops have gone a massive change, they now boast of convertible design which can act as a laptop or tablet depending on your usage, surface pro 3 and Lenovo yoga 2 offer these features while laptops nowadays feature touch action as well. There is a lot of variety in size and types of laptop to fit all sorts of needs.

Even though you might be a hardcore smartphone or tablet user, when it comes to doing serious work you do need your laptop. Laptops are better at multitasking; they offer more power for gaming or editing videos and making movies, creating presentations.

What to consider before buying a laptop?

Laptop market has gotten a massive facelift in the last few years and there might be confusion about what you should buy and what you shouldn’t. The laptops we see in the market today are so different from what we had the option to buy a few years ago – you get to see an ultrabooks which are light as a feather or laptops so heavy that you can do weight lifting. This confusion might become a hurdle for choosing a laptop which suits your needs. Consider the following tips before you decide the laptop suitable for your needs.

  1. Purpose

Decide what you need the laptop for, if you want to do a bit of everything – casual internet surfing, opening documents and your emails and sharing with your family or gaming. You can consider a high performing laptop if you are looking for gaming or buy a laptop with average specifications if you want it for casual usage.

  1. Size

Choose the size which is comfortable for you. Laptops come in various sizes from 11 inches to 18 inches; if you need to carry it around you can go for a 10-13 inch laptop which is light and portable.

If you need to keep it at home you can go for a laptop ranging from 15 inches to 18 inches.

  1. Specifications

Laptops come with various specifications in terms of the CPU, Hard Drive, RAM and graphics chips. They might seem gibberish to you, so we will keep it simple.

There are plenty of CPUs in the market, AMD series and Intel Pentium/Celeron / Core series. It’s better to buy a laptop with a CPU which is latest, for example, Intel Core i3, i5 or i7. These processers will be able to give you a better performance and speed. Gamers should go for Core i7 system while regular users can buy a Core i5 system.

When it comes to RAM, you should go for a laptop with at least 4GB of RAM. Some laptops also have 8GB of RAM which will equip your system to handle more applications and multitasking.

You should also consider features like Hard disk space, Display, Touch Screen and Graphics Chip. Consider going for laptops with 500GB/750 GB space, laptop with a higher pixel count (1600 x 900, 1920 x 1080 or higher) and a touch screen laptop for a better experience.

  1. Other features like battery life, keyboard, touchpad, operating system, brand, after-sales service.

Remember, laptop is a one-time investment and you must choose carefully before spending your money on it. Buying a laptop of a good brand is worth buying as it will be good in terms of design and usability. Laptops having 4/8 GB of RAM, battery backup of 8-9 hours with a Intel Core i5/7 processor and HDD space of 500GB/750 RAM is a much better option as it will suit your needs easily. You could consider higher (or lower) specs if needed.