How to choose a notebook

How to choose a notebook
How to choose a notebook 2018-06-19T06:28:05+00:00

In the end it’s time for you to buy a new laptop. You have already spotted several models that could be for you, but the doubts that assail you are still many: what is the minimum RAM and CPU that must have a laptop not to be considered immediately old? Is a Windows computer or a Mac better? Then there is the question of the questions: how much do you have to spend to bring home a good notebook? If you want, I can help you. I promise that I will try to answer you in the shortest, objective and simple way possible.

The choice of a laptop is mainly dictated by your needs and your spending possibilities. Of course, there are laptop computers that are objectively very powerful and capable of carrying out any operation you want with extreme ease, but these models usually cost much more than the average, and it is not said that you can or should exploit all their capabilities. But then, how to choose a notebook ? Below you will find all the answers to your doubts.

I will split this page into several chapters so that you can better understand how to orientate yourself in choosing a notebook. First of all I will explain what questions you must bring within the “subjective” evaluations that you must complete before buying. Then we will go into more detail with the technical evaluations, that is more “objective”. A computer with a more powerful processor allows you to perform operations faster, but do you really need it? And in the same way a computer with a high-end GPU will allow you to run the latest generation of video games in a fluid way. But how much will you use the computer for gaming? As you see, in the end, subjective and objective evaluations are both important and not as separate from each other as it would seem at first.

How to choose a notebook: subjective evaluations

The first two questions you have to ask to know how to choose a notebook  are the following: “What is the budget I have at my disposal?” And “What do I need this computer for?”. After answering both questions – you’ll see – everything will be downhill, you can buy your new laptop with a mind almost clear of doubts. But we try to proceed calmly and go with order. Let’s focus on the first very important question that we asked ourselves.

“What is the budget I have at my disposal?” . To give you a satisfactory answer you must know that there are roughly three price ranges for notebooks: the entry-level one that includes economic machines for a maximum of 300/350 euros; that of mid-level computers that reaches up to 600/700 euros  and that of top-of-the-range computers that cost over 1,000 euros. The notebooks for less than 400 eurosare an excellent choice for those who have to perform basic operations, such as browsing online or processing text documents, which do not require particularly advanced hardware or for those who need extremely portable computers (maybe convertible into tablets) with screens of dimensions not exceeding 10 “. For a more intensive use, on the other hand, laptops of at least 500/600 euros are required  (many of which are also suitable for basic video editing, mid-level gaming and other medium-demanding operations). The top-range computers – those that cost even more than 1,000 euros – instead they meet the needs of those who need powerful machines to play, make professional video / audio editing or those who prefer classic ultrabook ultrabook laptops (which I will discuss later).

“What do I need this computer for?” . Answering this question allows you to understand what are the characteristics of the computer to bet on most (eg graphics capacity, battery life, etc.) and identify the ideal size of the notebook to buy. In fact, there are laptops for all tastes and you have to choose carefully what you need. A computer for  over 15 “for example, it loses much of its portability and is unsuitable for use in mobility, on the other hand computers with larger displays are an excellent solution for those who must use the notebook mainly at home or in the office and want a screen able to not strain the view, play and watch movies easily (not for nothing they are called desktop replacement, or substitutes of the computer). The 10/11 “ laptops – as previously mentioned – are the ideal solution for those who move a lot and need first of all portability, while the 13/15″notebooks  represent an average size that is good for both portability and use as a replacement for the desktop.