A Beginners Guide to Buying a New Laptop in 2020-21
We are about 8 months into the global pandemic that has taken everyone by surprise and has locked most of us inside our homes. Most workplaces in India are still closed as employees continue to enjoy a perennial work from home phase. As a result, it is imperative that we own a decent laptop that increases our efficiency. Moreover, the festive season is upon us and a sale on electronic products is imminent. So, if you’re planning on buying a new laptop to fulfil your work from home needs, you’ve come to the right place. While everyone talks about specs, we intend to guide you on the most basic elements to consider before moving on to the nitty-gritty.
Key points to consider while buying a laptop:
The first thing you should take into consideration is the purpose for which you wish to purchase the laptop. If you are planning to buy a laptop just for work and to watch movies then a simple device with 4GB RAM would do. Anything more than that, i.e, gaming, programming, etc will need a laptop with higher specs. Once you’ve listed your requirements, your search will become narrow.
Pick a Platform
To buy a laptop in 2020, it makes sense to zero in on your ideal platform. Most Laptops come with only one Operating System (OS) – Windows, Mac, or ChromeOS. Each OS has its pros and cons.
Windows 10 – A highly flexible operating system that comes with most laptops sold online or offline. Windows laptops and notebooks are also the most budget-friendly products in the market starting from INR 18K and going as far as INR 2.5 lakh. Of course, the price of a laptop is determined by the memory, RAM and graphics card but Windows is usually considered as a safe option overall.
Mac OS – All Apple MacBooks come with the latest Mac Operating Systems. The price of these systems start from INR 70K approx and can go upto INR 4 lakh. The operating system offers similar functionalities to Windows 10 but the design and the interface is super smooth and sophisticated. Also, Mac OS is preferred by video editors, photographers, DJs, etc. Mac OS is highly recommended for professionals who consider security and privacy as the utmost priority.
Chrome OS – Chromebooks are the latest buzz in the market. It uses Google OS and the interface resembles Windows. As a result, switching from Windows to Chrome won’t be a hassle for most users. Chromebooks start from INR 17000 so it is ideal for students and beginners who are in the early years of their professional career.
Choose your Size
The size of a laptop is important as it determines its portability. Laptops come in all sizes starting from 11 to 12 inches that are around 1 kg and go upto 17 to 18 inches that are ideal for stationing at home or office.
Well, those were the basics of a computer. Apart from these factors, you will need to research the hard disk size, RAM, processor and graphics card depending on the nature of your job.
We hope these factors give you a good start in the selection process of your laptop and help you choose the best product available in the market.