Tips for buying a laptop

There’s a wide selection of sizes, design, features and prices, which makes choosing the right laptop a difficult task. That’s why you need to figure out first what your needs are. There are a number of things to consider when purchasing;

Size and weight – Before you look at specs or pricing, you need to decide how portable you need your laptop to be. Screen size, the type and capacity of built-in storage devices, and the presence or lack of a CD/DVD all affect a laptop’s size and weight.

Processor – If you are planning to buy a laptop for basic use such as; browsing the web, using Microsoft office, making video calls, and social networking an Intel Celeron, Intel Pentium or Intel Core i3 should be fast enough for undemanding tasks. For those who want a balance between performance and price, such as; professionals and gamers an Intel Core i5 processor is a great option. A Core i7 is the best Intel you can buy right now, suitable for graphics-intensive work, heavy database projects and also for gaming.

Memory RAM – For basic use 2GB of RAM is enough, but ideally you want at least 4GB. If you can spend a little more 8GB is a great option. For most users, 16GB is a bit excessive.

Hard Drive Size – For basic users we recommend at least 120GB – 240GB. For average users, 500 GB to 1 TB is more than enough for the standard laptop system. If you underestimate your hard drive space, you could also buy an external hard drive or a cloud service.

Design – Your laptop is like any personal accessory, you should choose a laptop with a style and design that works for you, as well as one with a keyboard and touchpad you find comfortable and easy to use.

Battery life – If you decide to buy a heavy laptop with a big screen, to use only on a desk or at home you don’t need to worry so much about battery life. However, if you plan to get tasks done on the go (e.g. business trip, college, commuting) you’ll want at least 6 hours of endurance, with 8+ hours being ideal.

Other factors worth considering – insurance, carry case, external mouse, and external hard drive.

We have one of the best selections of Laptops in Ireland including; Acer, Apple, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Toshiba, & more at fantastic prices. If you need any help to choose the right Laptop for your needs, don’t hesitate to contact us. We would love to help!

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