One question our customers want to know more often is what type of laptop they should buy.
What a loaded question!
First, we’d like to answer a couple of basic questions to buy the Best laptops
1. is that this a home laptop or a business laptop?
- Home laptops are currently intended for most users who like to have fun. They are primarily designed with glossy screens, have large (but slow-moving) hard drives, and feature features similar to Blu-Ray players. Performance is only considered for high-end machines aimed at video players. And with most home laptops almost impossible to get out of the house, the fact that it’s a laptop doesn’t bother me at all. Battery life is usually not good, and cases are usually made of cheap plastic that can withstand the rigors of travel.
- Business laptops are designed with very sophisticated designs. They are designed to be used for 8 hours or more a day with constant stopping. They are also made of high-quality components designed to last longer between failures. And they have longer warranties with better service. Think about it – if these laptops were targeted at Fortune 1000 companies, those companies would not tolerate failing hard drives after a year. These things often make business laptops more 10-15% more expensive than home laptops.
2. How long do you need the laptop to last before replacing it?
- Why do I ask that? It’s simple – current trends show that most home users install their laptops and desktops every 2 to 3 years. It is often said that it is easy for home users to transfer their photos and music to a new computer, and perhaps install a few simple programs.
- For businesses, there are a few additional things to consider. First, transferring software and data from old to new systems is very difficult and therefore very expensive. When information is transferred, in most cases the employee is unable to work, which costs the business more money. Second is that the business must follow Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) which states that computers must be priced in books for more than 4 years. So that laptop was better dang-well it lasted 4 years!
3. Will you travel more with a laptop?
- Trust me on this – if you’re going to go too far you DON’T need 17 monstrosities. It weighs 11 lbs., Then you put the wires, the laptop case, and the mouse and …. See where I’m going with this?
- When talking to one of your business friends who has to travel long distances for work, they tend to have laptops with long-lasting batteries. The 14 “inch may be a good standard size for fully packed laptops, and you’ll get them for 12 or 13” screens, but the worth tag jumps too high for those.
- Here’s an interesting fact to consider – for American Airlines, the way the seats are designed, the tray will be able to fit a 14 “or smaller screen easily. At 15 inches, the lid will have no place to open all the way and you can’t see your screen unless the laptop resting on your stomach.
4. What kind of budget do you have?
- People ask “what am I able to get for $ 500?” the answer is “nothing good.” Always buy 20-30% more energy than you need. Why? Because we plan to keep this thing for 3-5 years. Technology is changing around us so fast, that system requirements are constantly increasing. In 2001, when Windows XP first hit the market, Microsoft said that all it needed was just 64 megabytes of RAM to run. After 9 years of refurbishment, refurbishment, and patches, it needs 512 megabytes to operate, and 1 gigabyte for optimal performance. Our software needs will continue to grow, and it is much cheaper now to plan down the road.
- If you buy a laptop for $ 500 now making the job impossible, life will be worse in 3 years when everything goes crawling. For me, the price you can buy is $ 750 (excluding software like Microsoft Office) for a good solid 1-year business solid laptop, the next business day warranty.
5. What kind of warranty do you bring?
- Always check/research what the laptop comes with. Most low-end laptops have a one-year warranty. If something happens, you should put the box in the laptop and send it to the repair shop. They always say they are not responsible for the lost data on the hard drive, so they tell you to back up the drive first (always a good idea to back up!). It can take anywhere from 5-15 business days to retrieve your laptop.
- What if you are a business user? Can you live without your laptop even for 5 days? Can you have staff without 5 days? Buy only 1-year-old laptops, next day’s business warranty, and always see if you can upgrade to 3 or 4 years. After all, if you have to keep it in books for 4 years, you probably have $ 150 to have it under warranty all the time.
6. Need to connect “always”?
- For years the whole laptop was wireless as a standard feature. If you are in a local coffee shop or hotel room, you will connect. Recently, we have seen a huge increase in users, especially business professionals, who NEED to connect all the time. It can be regular customer access via email or using an online application. To get your configuration, you can always go to AT&T / Verizon / Sprint and purchase a USB Wi-Fi card and subscription to connect to mobile towers nationwide. Even now you can buy a built-in Wi-Fi connection on a laptop so it’s easy to use. No more dongles!
7. Do you need a fully installed laptop? If not, consider Netbook.
- Okay, I’ve used the word “full-full” twice now. I explain the fact that most laptops do almost the same as the desktop. In the last few years, there has been the growth of a whole new generation of laptops called Netbooks. Netbooks are smaller than laptops (8 or 10 “screens, have very low power (so batteries last longer), and are much lighter (some weigh 1 lb.). However, you should there have been tradeoffs for some time. Netbooks do much slower than laptops – in fact, netbooks are about the same as laptops from 8-10 years ago. Microsoft Word or Excel files. ‘not only use them as their computer but as a second tool to take with you.
8. Extra !! It is good to have, but usually, it is not necessary.
- Want to watch movies on it? Make sure it has a Blu-Ray player and an HD screen. With real HD, you would like the resolution to be 1920 × 1080 or better. Anything less and so the computer has to submit an image to match your screen?
- Want to connect your phone or wireless headset? Get built-in Bluetooth on the system. And great for the user with a walking mouse or keyboard.
- Use it in very low light? Look at the backlighted keys.
- Need to do sermons on it? Make sure at least VGA is out. The best programs have VGA and HDMI out.
- Looking for better graphics? Look for video chipsets from ATI or NVidia in the list of features. Both companies focus on high-quality video programs and can really make Windows 7, movies, and games incredible.