Whenever you go to purchase a laptop, you may come across various questions like what type of processor you need i.e. i3 or i7? Or how many GBs of RAM you want i.e. 2 GB or 4 GB? Or which type of Operating System you want on your laptop i.e. Windows or Linux?
So, various questions are asked to you related to the laptop’s configuration.
Let’s discuss possible answers for these questions:
Type of processors
· Two companies develop processors for laptops i.e. AMD and Intel. If your budget is below ₹20000 then, you should purchase a laptop having a AMD processor as it has high power at a low price as compared to Intel but if your budget is above ₹20000-₹30000, then you should go for laptops with Intel processor.
· Now Intel provides different processors e.g. dual-core, Pentium, i3, i5 or i7, etc. These are not the generations but the models that are developed for different purposes. Therefore, the Selection of a processor depends upon the type of work you will do on the laptop. If you purchase a laptop only to watch a movie, listen to music or internet surfing or to run small applications, then you should purchase a laptop with an i3 processor. If you want to use software likes Autocad, Photoshop or any other photo editing or video editing software, then you should go for a laptop with an i5 processor as it has more processing speed. If you want to run heavy software or play heavy video games, then you need a laptop with i7 as its processing speed is very high as compared to others.
· Now, sometimes generations are also mentioned e.g. i3 with 4th generation. Intel every year launch a new generation for every processor’s model in which Intel makes slight changes in the processor design to enhance its speed or power. For instance, the size of chips or transistor in generation 3 or 4 is 28nm which get reduced to 14nm in Generation 5 or 6. Therefore, Intel is reducing the size of the circuit inside the core to increase the battery backup of a laptop.
If it is in the budget, then you should purchase a laptop with the latest generation.
RAM (Random Access Memory)
· RAM stores the programs that are currently used by the processor i.e. it stores the currently open programs. For instance, on your laptop, you have open various programs e.g. Notepad, browser, games, etc. So, these all currently program will be stored in RAM. Therefore, RAM helps to do multi-tasking i.e. at the same time you can work on various programs. Therefore, more RAM means more multi-tasking.
· The Selection of RAM will depend upon the type of processor. So, if you are purchasing a laptop with an i3 processor, then you should go for 4GB RAM, as it is sufficient for it and if you are purchasing i5 or i7 laptop, then minimum RAM should be 8GB. You can extend the RAM later to 16GB or 32GB.
· There are also generations for RAM e.g. DDR1, DDR2, DDR3, DDR4, etc. The latest generation of RAM is DDR4 in which battery usage is less and you get more power for storage i.e. to read/write speed. So, purchase a laptop with DDR4 RAM as it has more read/write speed.
Hard Drive/Hard Disk/Storage/SSD
Hard Drive is a very important component of your laptop. There are two types of Hard Drive i.e. HDD (Hard disk drive) and SSD (Solid State Drive). HDD has high storage capacity i.e. 1TB, 2TB, 4TB and store data in cylinders but has less read/write speed as compared to SSD. SSD has less storage capacity as compared to HDD and store data in chips but has high read/write speed and is very expensive. SSD is used in Apple’s laptop. In the market, most computers use HDD as Hard disk, so you should check its capacity i.e. 500 GB or 1TB.
· If you are getting a laptop with Windows installed in it, that means the company has given around ₹6000 to Microsoft for it and the company will charge the money from you. If you are purchasing the same laptop with the same configurations without any operating system then, your cost will get reduced by ₹6000-₹7000.
· So, when you purchase the laptop, the company asks you, if you want a laptop with Windows installed in it or not. If you say no, then they will give you a laptop with MS-DOS or LINUX installed in it as they are free of cost. You can later install a window from anywhere.
· So, purchase the laptop with MS-Dos install in it and purchase the Window later.
Screen resolution and size are very important and this will also affect the cost. So, check the resolution of the laptop before purchasing it. If the resolution is 720p then it is half HD and if the resolution is 1080p, then it is full HD. Also, If you are purchasing a full HD laptop, then check if it has the graphic card or not. The graphic card helps to display the content in HD. So, it is necessary to check for Graphic card if you are purchasing an HD laptop.
Apart from these basic configurations, a laptop may have many other features like touch screen, fingerprint lock, etc. If you go for these features, then automatically the cost will increase. So, it depends upon your budget.
Many companies develop laptops with the same configuration at a different cost then the question is which one to choose?
· So, choose the company having good after-sale service i.e. if your laptop is not functioning properly, then how quickly they get it repaired. You should also check for the service center of the company so that you can go their easily for repairing your device.
· Apart from this, you should prefer H.P laptops, then Acer’s laptop and after that Dell’s laptop.
Take Extended Warranty On Laptop
Every laptop comes with a warranty period. After that warranty period, the laptop may suffer from some problems. So you should purchase the extended warranty period at the time of purchase because the laptop may get damaged after the warranty period, so you can get it repaired without spending any money.