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What to look for in a good laptop

Working from home has taken a huge toll on the computer market, but a lot of workers also might not be able to afford a good computer, so they opt for a laptop instead. For those who are unaware of what to look for, here is some information on laptops and what to look for when purchasing.


Size – Laptops come in quite a few different sizes. 11-12 inch are the thinnest and lightest systems and are good for travel. 13-14 inch provides the best balance of portability and useability. 15-16 inch are the most popular size. 17-18 inch is good if your laptop stays on a desk all day.

RAM – ideally you would look for at least 8GB of RAM. 16GB if better if you can spend a bit more. Most people enjoy 32GB with 64GB being for power users.

Screen quality – A good time to decide whether you want a touch screen laptop or not. Touch screen adds glossiness to the screen, which is more suspectable to glare, but is also good if you want to use the laptop as a tablet.

Screen resolution – 1920×1080 is the absolute minimum to go, so don’t even think about trying to save money on the resolution. Higher resolutions are worth it if you can afford it.

CPU – This is the brains of your computer and has a huge influence on performance. Look for either an Intel Core i9 or i7. i5 are alright, but you might not get fast speeds when opening applications.

Storage – You will need it to preferably have an SSD over HDD as it performs faster. This will also affect how fast your laptop starts up.

USB 3.0 Ports – These are an absolute must if you wish to use a different keyboard, mouse, or use external hard drives. Get a laptop with ideally 2-3 ports.

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