This Laptop buying guide 2021 is to help the people who want to buy a new laptop in 2021, but don’t know which one to choose.
This Guide will completely help you to choose the best laptop for your purposes in your budget.
Before we go into details of a laptop buying guide, you must know your preferences on what to do with a laptop i.e., your usage of a laptop.
The usage of laptop is varied from person to person, but there are mainly 3 different types of laptop users, they are
1. Light usage
Simple tasks like everyday usage on Web surfing, social media, watching movies or streaming online, e-mails, etc
2. Medium usage
Office work, normal day to day tasks, light gaming and light editing purposes, running software and this type is majorly useful to students and professionals.
3. Heavy usage
This type is mainly helpful for content creation i.e., Video editing, photo editing, Heavy Gaming, running high-end software like Photoshop, and heavy performance tasks.
Performance of Any Laptop:
If you are going to buy a new laptop, then you must think about the performance of the laptop you want to buy.
Because anything we do on a laptop majorly depends on its Performance to run the tasks we are given to the laptop.
The performance of any Laptop is based on 4 major things, are
- Internal Storage
- Graphics Card
We are going deep into each aspect below.
First Choose Your Budget For a Laptop:
Price is the first and major thing to decide first, before buying a new laptop, mobile, TV, or anything.
So first Choose Your Budget (Price) for a laptop you want to buy. Then select the best laptop for your Price i.e., Best value for money laptop.
Then go through the below-mentioned things to choose the best laptop in your Price range.
10 Things to Consider to Choose The Best Laptop:
These 10 things are helpful to choose the best laptop from any Price point of view.
Whether it is a 30k Budget laptop or a 60k Gaming laptop.
1. Processor (Intel or AMD)
The processor is like the Heart of any laptop or device. Any small or big task in a laptop is performed by the Processor.
The processor means processing the Raw data and gives us the output.
If your Processor is more powerful than your laptop performance it is also good for doing every task.
Computer or laptop Processors are manufactured by 2 major companies, they are Intel and AMD.
Both of them are manufacturing good chipsets for computers and laptops now.
Intel has mainly 4 series of Processors based on the Price and specifications.
They are Intel core i3, i5, i7, and i9.
And also Intel manufactures some low-end Processors, they are Intel Atom, Intel Celeron, Intel Pentium.
Try to ignore these low-end Processors in 2021, because they can’t give you good performance on your laptop.
Intel processors are very famous in the computer Processor industry, and also their Processors give a decent performance in every price range.
AMD is also providing great Processors in the budget after they launched their new Ryzen Series Processors.
Before they had AMD A-series, but now AMD Ryzen Series is more popular and powerful in computer and laptop Processors.
AMD Ryzen has mainly 4 Series, they are Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 9
Check out the AMD processors here
Random Access Memory (RAM) is mainly useful to open the apps quickly and store them in recent apps for quick access.
Try to choose the latest version of RAM Type i.e., DDR4 or new DDR5.
Choose minimum DDR4 RAM for better multitasking, ignore DDR3 RAM in 2021.
More RAM means better multitasking. And also cache plays a key role in opening the apps and software, so try to choose more cache in your budget.
So try to choose the most RAM in your budget.
Majorly we have 4GB, 8GB, 16GB RAM present in laptops based on their prices and specifications.
If you want to choose a laptop for light usage purposes then 4GB is enough for you.
If you are a heavy Gamer or video editor or running heavy software then choose a minimum of 8GB RAM and you can choose up to 16GB also in your price range.
3. Storage (HDD or SSD)
Storage is also a major thing to consider in a laptop, because everyone has something to store in a laptop like files, documents, software, videos, photos, and some large files like movies, etc.
If you are a person who stores many things on a laptop, then try to choose more storage laptops.
Choosing the perfect measure of storage limit with regards to your computer or laptop relies upon extra room space and speed of storage
Commonly laptop storage has 3 types, they are HDD, SSD, and SSHD.
HDD (Hard Disk Drive)
HDD is a normal storage hard disk in any computer or laptop.
It is a normal storage drive and the cost is less compared with SSD, so they can provide huge HDD drives like 1TB or 2TB HDD storage on some laptops.
Performance and speed are decent but are not as great as SSD drives.
If you store so many files and not do heavy tasks using large files and performance is not a matter to you, then HDD is good for you.
SSD (Solid State Drive)
SSD storage is less in amount, but speed is 10 times faster and 5 times more price than the HDD storage.
This SSD storage type laptops are mainly useful for
- Who wants better performance on a laptop?
- Faster boot time
- Don’t need more storage in their laptop
- Doing heavy work using large data files more than 1GB (Easily transfers the files)
SSHD (Solid State Hybrid Drive)
SSHD means a combination of both SSD and HDD, in the above 2 cases, you must compromise between great performance or more storage.
This SSHD is an option for you to choose storage for both performance and more storage.
This SSHD comes like 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD or 1TB HDD + 512GB SSD, etc.
4. GPU or Graphics Card (Integrated Vs Dedicated)
Graphics cards are a must for high-performance tasks like gaming, editing, running heavy software, etc.
These graphics cards are majorly two types, they are
Integrated graphics means the Graphic card is included in the processor itself.
This integrated graphics is not as powerful as dedicated graphics cards, but now the companies are giving decent integrated graphic cards like AMD Radeon Vega Graphics.
These integrated graphics are majorly seen in intel processors.
Dedicated Graphics cards are majorly useful for heavy performance tasks like gaming, video editing, etc.
This Graphic card is similar to RAM, in the specs sheet. And the company mentions the size of the graphic card like whether it is a 2GB or 4GB or 8GB dedicated graphics card.
Nvidia and AMD are 2 major companies providing the dedicated graphics card
5. Display and Its Size
Display and size also matter a lot for those who watch movies, and for those who travel more with their laptop.
You must choose a minimum of 1080p or Full HD + screen in 2021. And the display size also matters in traveling, etc.
Display size depends on you, choose between 13 inches or 14 inches, or 15.6 inches.
Battery plays a key role in every electronic gadget because with any good battery backup there is no sense in using a laptop or any other gadgets.
A bigger battery means more hours of usage. So try to choose a laptop with good battery backup and also fast charging.
A minimum of 5 to 6 hours battery backup is good on any laptop. And fast charging makes a big difference in your usage, because of fast charging the device can charge very quickly and you can use it more time than the normal.
7. Build Quality
Build Quality also matters for those heavy users and also for travelers, because they use the laptop in various conditions and sometimes it also falls into the ground.
And also choose all the ports you want to use on your laptop, and the cooling also matters a lot for heavy performance.
So choose a laptop with a good cooling fan. If you are buying a gaming laptop then choose a good cooling system for your laptop.
Speakers also play a key role in watching movies or streaming video content online. Pick a laptop with stereo speakers for good sound performance.
8. Operating System
The operating system or OS is the main thing in any laptop because the OS can control the hardware in a laptop and also communicate the other software and hardware.
It lets you contact your software on your laptop, and it is a bridge between you and your laptop.
The operating system can manage all the hardware, software, files, documents, and memory present on your laptop.
This operating system in laptops are mainly 5 types, they are
It is the most often used operating system on any computer or laptop. Windows is also a great user-friendly OS
- Mac OS
This Mac OS is present in apple laptops they are known as Macbooks, and we all know about the Apple ecosystem and it is the most secure OS and smooth performance OS
- Chrome OS
9. Upgrading Options
Anyone who buys a new can laptop can use that laptop for at least 2 years and some using for 3 to 4 years also.
So after buying your new laptop, you can choose up to first 1 year or 2 years, then the RAM and storage in your laptop are going to fill and at that time if your laptop has dedicated slots for Extra RAM and Extra storage, then you can buy and use the extra RAM and storage for further 1 or 2 years.
And also some laptops are coming with great specifications, but less RAM and Storage at that time also you can purchase those laptops and upgrade the available options on your laptop.
So try to choose extra slots for RAM and storage on your laptop.
10. Other Features
Not only the above features but also some minor and useful features are there to consider before buying a new laptop. They are
The backlit keyboard can be very helpful for those who use the laptop for editing as well as professional works like typing, etc. The backlit keyboard may helpful for those in night times
An Ethernet port is used to connect the laptop with your local wifi network, it is also useful to us.
Fingerprint scanners are mainly helpful for security purposes and also we can unlock the laptop very easily and quickly.
Type-C port is also useful to us because in every device we have a Type-C port available.
So this Type-C port is helpful to connect with other devices very easily and quickly.
And also this Type-C is invented for faster data transfers, so it may help you in transferring large files.
I think after reading this article, you can get full knowledge about the laptop buying guide 2021.
If you consider all these things before buying a new laptop, then you can get the best value for money laptop for your purposes.
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