These days most people prefer to purchase a laptop as compared to a desktop because of its convenience in size, weight and pricing. However, with the many brands and types of laptops available out there, how do you decide which is best for you? Here we have outlined several things to think of to determine the category of laptop you would need.
Frequent business travel
If you travel often for work, then the weight and size of your laptop will be the major criteria. You do not want something that is too heavy since you would be carrying it around often and the size of the screen should be something you could comfortably open and use in a confined space like an airplane. The battery life of the laptop also needs to be above average as there would be many instances when you will be doing work on the laptop without having a power source nearby.
Tip: With the above in mind, look for a laptop with a 13 inch monitor and around five to six pounds. Battery life should be around 3 to 4 hours.
Home desktop replacement
Due to the bulkiness of a home desktop, many people are doing away with this and opting for home desktop replacement laptops. This form of laptops is meant to do almost every single thing that a home desktop can achieve. As a result, the home desktop replacement laptops are generally large and heavy. This is fine because you would most likely be only using it on your desk most of the time.
You would want to look for a large screen for watching of movies, videos and pictures. Besides that, for those keen gamers, a good video card is also important and be sure to get a huge RAM and hard drive. The battery life isn’t as important here since it would be plugged to the power source most of the time.
Tip: Look for laptops with bright 17 inch monitors, a video card with at least 512MB of dedicated RAM, and 3 to 4 GB of system RAM.
If you’re looking for a laptop that is just for light usage and with a reasonable price, most brands will offer the lower range of their laptop line at a very low cost. These laptops should be adequate for internet browsing, email, basic office applications and multimedia.
Where to buy
You should also check out Harvey Norman this month of March as they’re having crazy sales on their laptops. Plus, get rewarded with FREE Petrol Gift Cards worth up to RM200 with minimum purchase of RM3000 in a single receipt.
Warranty or no warranty?
Many of the retailers for the laptops would ask if you would like to purchase an extended warranty for your laptop. Well to decide on this, consider first how important the laptop is to your everyday life. If the laptop is just a budget one or if it is an extra laptop that you’re buying and you have others at home, then you may not need this extended warranty. However if the laptop is meant for work or business and a critical device to you, then consider buying the extended warranty.