A laptop has become a significant part of life. It is wise to spend time judiciously deciding the model to put in the bag. Getting the right figures on performance, features, and, price is important. To ease your decision making in this strenuous task, we have put forth a guide to help you buy the right machine.
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You don't buy laptops every day. Crosschecking specific parameters before clicking buy now is a mindful decision. Ranging from battery life to performance, ascertain certain aspects before landing on the product of your choice. 60000 is a decent budget for the new laptop you plan to make your new companion; striking the right balance between performance and features is essential.
Onscreen time is high and increasing even further. Good battery life is a must. Certain situations demand long hours, and sometimes with no charging port in the cite, you can ensure to an extent you won’t run out of juice when you need your machine the most.
An avgerage life of 5-7 hours is good battery life. Rest, sticking to good charging habits, like not charging it to 100% and keeping it between 60-80%, can help increase battery life in the long run.
In terms of storage, the “the more, the less” expression applies accurately. Files, photos, videos are ever-expanding. With ever enhancing picture quality and video resolutions jumping to 4k and further, making the right choice with adequate storage space from the beginning will save from the hassle to look for external hard drives later.
Everyone knows the term Hard disk; well, one must get familiar with SSD as well. SSD (Solid State Drive) is the new storage option that performs all the same HDD functions (Hard Disk Drive) but faster. You will witness faster file transfer and speedy windows startup speed.
Most recent laptop configurations come with SSD as default storage. Though SSD’s are fast, they are comparatively pricier than HDD. Prefer a combination of SSD and HDD to find speed and plenty of storage together in the desired budget.
SSD storage has further evolved in terms of speed and compact size with NVMe. In simple terms, with NVMe, the SSD has direct access to the processor, unlike previously. The advantage of connecting directly with the processor has enhanced the existing speed of SSD further.
Many manufacturers have adopted the new lineup of laptops with this new storage option. Look out for upgrades later in the future to further enhance your system's performance if NVMe is not part of the default configuration.
Speed and more speed, it’s never sufficient! Selecting the right processor is an essential piece of the puzzle. Every configuration varies with one’s usage. Something acceptable for one may be underperforming for the other. Opt for the one as per your needs.
Intel is a popular name amongst consumers and one of the dominant players in the market. Still, AMD, one of the old horses, is rising as a preferable option amongst buyers and manufacturers. The recent Ryzen processors are running equivalent to even surpassing benchmarks compared to Intel. If your work is less graphic intensive, consider opting for entry-level processors like Intel i3, Ryzen 5.
So, if your preference hinges more on gaming, consider AMD’s processors amongst your top choices and Intel for overall performance and Intel’s features. More options in the market currently come equipped with Intel processors.
If your work is heavily graphic intensive which includes maximal multitasking, or you’re a gaming enthusiast looking to have both the worlds under one hood, opt for higher-end processors, like Intel i5/ i7 or Ryzen 7, as they can handle heavy lifting processes seamlessly and efficiently than entry-level processors.
RAM is an essential component of speed and multitasking. The processor picks up data from the storage drive and stores it on RAM for faster access. Without sufficient RAM, you cannot utilize the full potential of the processor. It’s like a car with a powerful engine on bicycle wheels. You can well imagine the outcome!
Eight GB RAM is sufficient, to begin with as programs have become more demanding and storage-eating in size. If the memory is slower than the processor, it will end up waiting for a response. If you still experience speed issues with 8GB RAM, consider upgrading it to ease your system from overloading and work smoothly.
Another essential aspect to consider is the display. A comfortable and a beautiful display to stare is a pleasure for eyes. So, check out the FULL HD resolution and anti-glare features.
With the budget we are considering, Full HD resolution (1920x1080) or higher 2k or 4k must be present. A higher resolution ensures great pictures, vivid colors, and finer details on your display.
The display panel comprises a series of dots called pixels; the term "pixel" is a short word for "picture element." These little dots are what make up the images on the displays. The more pixels you have, the more detail you can fit onscreen: Higher-resolution – Crisp details and vivid picture quality.
Certain manufacturers provide anti-glare displays that enhance viewing capability in harsh lightning and variable conditions. Anti-glare is soft on your eyes and minimizes blinding glares.
Moreover, there are specific hybrid laptops in the market that come with a touch display, specifically known as 2in1 laptops. If you wish to have a tablet-like functionality or drawing pad-like accessibility, touch laptops are good to go.
Good brightness offers good outdoor readability under bright conditions. Consider displays with brightness levels of 250Nits and above. Nits are a unit of measurement of the intensity of light; it is used to describe the brightness of computer display. In short, the higher the nits, the better the visibility in bright light conditions. This feature is particularly good for those who work outdoor as freelancers.
There’s more to displays in terms of their nature of the build. Let’s break down the technicalities in simpler terms. The two most popular types of panels are IPS and LED. IPS panels are LCD panels that are preferable for their crisp image quality and wide viewing angles.
For visual and graphic related work, IPS panels are preferred well by graphic designers owing to their better color accuracy and consistency. LED panels are known for their dark contrasts and deeper blacks. These panels have lower power consumption, brighter display, and lower heat output compared to IPS panels.
Integrated graphics are inbuilt in the central processor for all graphics-intensive lifting. Dedicated graphic cards on the other hand, provide a separate processor for handling all the graphics-related work, which speeds up processes and managing graphics-intensive tasks with much ease and performance.
Although the current generation of integrated graphic cards is efficient and performance worthy of playing certain games and handling video-intensive tasks, a dedicated graphic card still has an edge. Its primary purpose is to handle graphics processing than sharing with other processes function with Integrated graphics.
If your work doesn’t involve very heavy graphic intensive working, integrated graphics is the right and optimum choice. If your budget allows getting a dedicated one, there isn’t any harm.
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Asus VivoBook 14
Military Grade Build and Rich on Features
Portability with Performance and Looks
Inspiron 14 5490
The Dell Choice for Work and School
HP Pavilion Gaming Ryzen 5 Quad Core 3550H
Sleek Yet Powerful Machine for Gamers and Creators
Vostro 15 3590
Widescreen and Practical for Work
HP Pavilion x360
A Versatile Product With a Bending Feature
Dell Inspiron 5491
Carry It Along - 2 in 1 Laptop
HP 14 10th Gen Intel Core i3
Made for Online Classes and Conference Meetings
Vostro 15 3590 HDD (Integrated Graphics)
Dependable Performance on a Budget
Asus VivoBook Flip 14
Think it, Write it from Anywhere
Asus Vivobook 14 is the latest offering from the Taiwanese Tech Giant. With its compact size and military-grade durability meeting the Military Standard Grade MIL-STD-810G, nothing comes close to portability with durability near it. It is equipped with the latest 10th generation Intel i5 to maneuver, so multi-task easily without missing on security with a built-in fingerprint sensor.
Good mid-range processor, reasonably compact size, ability to handle travel abuse, and equipped with essential features, hence, it is recommended to students and working professionals. Also, it is a good option if you travel a lot.
HP 14S is the new horse from HP’s stable. The 14S is equipped with all the essential features you would expect in this price range. With sleek looks and well lit and equipped display, it’s attractive and delightful to use and look at.
It is equipped with i5 10th generation, which offers a solution for video editing or photo editing, not workstation-class but decent on-the-go workhorse. If you’re looking for content creation with a lower product weight, it’s a fairly good option.
Equipped with the latest generation of Intel CPU i5, necessary ports and connectors, and fast charging. Dell Inspiron 14 is a great carry-it-anywhere machine. If you’re a student or working professional who travels frequently, the lightweight and good hardware shall put Dell amongst your choices to buy one.
Lit with a purple-themed backlit keyboard and equipped with a Full HD display, the laptop is a great choice for enjoying gaming and content creation involving moderate to heavy video/photo editing.
If you're looking for a widescreen machine for entertainment like movies, series, or work but on a bigger screen equipped with a numeric keypad and practical for work, Dell has you covered with its new Vostro 3590.
Sturdy build and texture, it comes with a dedicated AMD graphic card. This laptop is the best buy for work and decent photo/video editing, however, it is not that intensive in nature.
The laptop is powered by Intel i3 10th generation to get through the day to day tasks with ease. It's secured with fingerprint 3d for secure access. If you wish to have the same configuration and more performance under the hood, it comes with an i5 CPU.
Sleek and sturdy 2 in 1 convertible offering from Dell is a portable and well-built machine. The machine is equipped with Intel i3 10th generation. The Inspiron 5491 is good for office and entertainment use.
Equipped with Integrated graphics, it can be used for light gaming and photo editing. The Full HD IPS display offers crisp and sharp image quality. Keeping the ante up on security, it comes with a fingerprint sensor. It comes with an i5 processor if you wish more processing power.
The smaller sibling of the popular HP 14S i5, The 14S i3 comes with similar features but a less powerful processor. A good option for quality, portability, and looks.
With its HD webcam and a good microphone system, it's a good option for online classes and conference meetings. The model has received great reviews in terms of day to day to use from its buyers.
Vostro 15 3590 SSD’s sibling on budget, Vostro 3590 HDD comes with the same processor i5 and configuration except for the storage option and a dedicated graphics card.
If you're on a tight budget and don't care much about storage speed and graphics-intensive work, this one is a right and a considerable fit. The integrated graphics is a capable one to handle decent graphics with ease.
Chicklet keyboard has a large surface area and flat look compared to a mechanical keyboard, reducing errors while typing fast. It’s a good option for people whose work involves extensive writing.
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Current times demand to be tech-savvy and up to date, and with the variety of products available across the board. Making a decision can be pretty hectic. Compare and take considerable time to get the one that matches your requirements accurately. You don’t buy a laptop every day!
Author: Dhruv Manchanda
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