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How to choose a laptop before buying it

The decision to choose a laptop before buying it can be chaos if you do not know the necessary technical terms that at least give us an idea of ​​what is our best option. While it is true that in the end, it all depends on what is the main need you want to cover […]

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The decision to choose a laptop before buying it can be chaos if you do not know the necessary technical terms that at least give us an idea of ​​what is our best option. While it is true that in the end, it all depends on what is the main need you want to cover and the purpose that you will give to your device, it is also true that there are basic characteristics that you must take into account when choosing which laptops computer to buy. And here we will tell you what they are.

First of all, you must be clear about the main use that you will give it; that is, with which programs are you going to work more.

1. Processor

The processor is the heart or brain of the computer. The processors of laptops computer are similar to those of a PC but, although they work at the same speed, they tend to offer a somewhat lower performance because they cut certain functions to reduce battery consumption.

In this case, it is essential to ask how many cores our team should have. Although it is common to find Dual Core models (two cores), which adapt to most of the tasks of an average user, to work with design programs, video-editing, 3D applications, and 4K Ultra HD video games, for example, it is advisable to invest in 3- or 4-core laptops.

2. Memory

Although 2 GB of RAM memory is enough for a Windows or Linux operating system (OS) to work properly, ideally it should have at least 8 GB for better performance in the future. If you can invest a little, it is worth acquiring a little more. If it is to be used for gaming, it should be no less than 16GB.

3. Battery

According to specialists, currently, the best and most common batteries are the lithium-ion type, as they tend to have a longer charge and a longer useful life.

4. Size

If you are going to need to transport it frequently, this is a point that you should add to your evaluation when choosing a laptop. You can start by evaluating those whose design is thin and lightweight. For example, you could think of those that have a screen of 12.5 to 13.3 inches and a weight of 1 or 1.5 kg. On the other hand, the 15-inch ones are usually the most popular; while those that exceed 17 inches are the favorites of graphic designers and gamers.

5. Type of data storage disk

There is the traditional hard drive (HDD) and solid-state drive (SSD). The latter is gaining popularity because they are capable of increasing performance, providing speed up to five times faster than HDD. In addition, SSDs do not consume a lot of power because they do not have motor sources or magnetic heads move or rotate, so combined with performance, it provides longer battery life.

If you are going to work with many programs simultaneously, computers that have an SSD disk are the best option. Although eventually you can buy this part separately and mount it on your laptop to “tune” it.

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