If buying a laptop is new to you or if you have been deceived with your last laptop purchase, this is the article for you. Sometime we let the marketing world do the thinking for us and we just give in to their suggestions. Not anymore ! Here are 3 questions to ask when buying a laptop.
Question #1 : What Operating System suits you best ?
- Mac OS
Before considering buying a MacBook Air or a MacBook Pro, you should first ask you these questions. Do you have and iPhone ? An apple TV ? Do you have the cash or in order to buy one you have sell a kidney ? My honest opinion is, if you have been using Apple products for a long time and are accustomed to their User Interface or you are a graphic designer / video editor and need the retina display I don’t see really a valid point in purchasing one. But if you do have Apple products or need to work on Apple’s softwares, read on the next question to narrow your search in the big 3 MacBook laptops.
- Windows 10 OS
Unlike MacBooks, you can find a decent Windows 10 laptop under the $ 500 mark. If you are working around a budget but need the full power of a personal computer, Windows 10 laptops are the way to go. If you have been using Windows versions your whole life, trust me no need to switch to another one. It is suitable for the average user AND for Video-Editors dare I say, more than MacBook Pro. That’s right. Did you know a similar priced Windows laptop ALWAYS has better hardware specification than their Apple counterpart ?
- Chrome OS
If you ever heard of Chromebooks, they were launched in 2011 by Google and is a linux-based system (like your Android phone). They target a specific group of people and maybe you are one of them. If you find yourself while using your computer always on your browser and doing simple tasks like emailing, word processing and so on, this is a good deal for you. Chromebooks are the cheapest kind of laptop out there with a whooping starting price of only $ 150 ! Investing in a laptop as cheap as this can help you invest more other money-making aspects of your business.
Question #2 : Are you frequently on the move ?
Buying a laptop for home is great but what if you travel a lot ? Maybe you are a mom and you have to fetch your kids daily or maybe you are a student and have to go to course regularly. By the way if you are, check out this Student Laptop Buying Guide. So the main factors here are screen size, weight and battery.
If you are 90% of the time going to work at home, a larger screen size should be the main feature of the laptop. A larger screen helps for better viewing experience, more productivity and also a bigger keyboard. For the typists out there you know how important a big enough keyboard is.
Now if you do travel a lot, is it by car or public transport ? If you do travel by car, weight is not an issue. You can get a large screen laptop BUT have to keep in mind for the battery life. The longer you are away from a power socket, the longer you want the battery life to be. Typically an 8 hours battery life is enough.
If you travel by public transport or walk a lot, I suggest a smaller laptop in the 11 inch range but if you have a good budget, you could go for larger slim laptops that are available now.
Question #3 : Are you a touch person ?
By touch I mean touch screen. Thanks to the technology age, we now have all sorts of options. If you like touch-screen more than using a mouse, you could invest in those 2 in 1 laptops. They usually come with a stylus pen and are great for portability. The 2 in 1 laptops are detachable so can act as a laptop or a tablet. This nice perk may be appealing to you if you are a graphic designer or just like the ease of use of a tablet from time to time.
Well that’s it. I hope these questions will help you make the right choice on your next laptop purchase 🙂