Technology is changing constantly, and so is the frequency in which we have to replace our gadgets. The average shelf life of a laptop is 2 years when signs of a degrading performance start to creep in.
Because of the variety of brands, prices, options, and features, choosing a laptop can be overwhelming to someone who isn’t a computer whiz. When it comes to looking for the best overall laptop, here are the basics that you should look out for.
RAM and Memory Performance
By looking for a computer that optimizes memory performance, you can ensure that your computer has the ability to run a variety of tasks at once. The less RAM that a computer has, the slower it will function when given many things to focus on.
Ask your sales associate at the store you plan on purchasing from what the RAM specifications are on each of the laptops you are looking at and based on their explications you can make the best choice possible.
It is important to know what kind of an operating system you enjoy more than others. If you enjoy a Macintosh and can’t see yourself using anything else, then this narrows your selection considerably. However, if you are comfortable using Windows and have used it for a long time, you will be fine looking at standard PCs.
Over the years several different operating systems have emerged. The most popular being Linux, Chrome OS, and Steam OS.
The best way to determine which operating system suits you most is by trying out the various display laptops on the floor of the tech store that you visit to make your purchase. These are put on display for the purpose of being test driven, so give it a try!
Many laptops are now created with the ability to function as either a tablet or a laptop. This flexibility of design can be a great features for someone who doesn’t always require a traditional laptop, but sometimes prefers using it for gaming or view media. It can be great for travel or being on the go.
Touchpad / USB mouse port
Once you decide what the primary purpose of your laptop will be for, you should make sure that it has the right touchpad for your needs. If you are doing a lot of design you will want a larger touchpad. If you are using your laptop primarily for viewing media and social networking, the specifications of your touchpad will not likely need to be complicated.
You may want to make sure that any laptop you choose has an extra USB port for compatibility with a mouse if you prefer this to a standard touchpad.