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How to Find the Perfect Laptop for you!

Buying a laptop in 2021 is not an easy task, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the world of technology. From Chromebooks and Windows machines to Apple’s renowned Macs and even DOS machines, it is indeed hard to choose.

CHOOSE YOUR LAPTOP SPECIFICATIONS: This step Is both the most important and most difficult to take. Here are some key points to keep in mind.

1) Processor: The Processor or the CPU is a vital component in your laptop and will more or less decide the performance of your laptop.

a) Intel i9/i7/Xeon/AMD Ryzen 5000 series: These are the top of the line processors. Ryzen and i7 are primarily used for gaming laptops, video editing, photo editing and other heavy applications. Intel Xeon and i9 are very heavy tasks like professional-grade engineering, 3D modelling, or video editing. Keep In mind these laptops are very expensive.

b) Intel i5/i3: These have the best combination of price and performance. For casual gaming, light video and video editing and your other daily uses, get a laptop with an Intel Core i5 CPU.

c) Intel Pentium / Celeron/ AMD A, FX or E Series: Common in budget laptops, these chips are very slow, but can do if your main tasks are web surfing and light document editing. If you can pay more to get a Core i3 or i5, that is a better option.

d) Apple M1: Present in only a few Macs, these chips provide amazing performance and has even set an industry standard for laptops. The biggest con of the M1 is that there is practically no user upgradability at all.

2) RAM: In the current world of technology, 8GB of RAM is almost a necessity now. However, if you can't afford an expensive laptop or if you are buying a Chromebook, 4GB will be sufficient.

3) Storage drive: While hard drives will give you a lot of storage, they are ancient and slow. SSDs (Solid State Drive) is much faster and reliable than HDDs but they are also expensive. If you can afford it, an SSD is the best choice. You can also opt for devices that have both, although they do tend to be quite expensive.

4) Display: Displays are a real deal-breaker for me. Sadly, most budget and business laptops have 1366x768 resolutions panels like my laptop, which can be annoying at times. Opting for a FULL HD display will be the best option. Gamers and video editors, you can even opt for 4K displays with 120hz and 144hz panels.

5) Graphics Card: For your day to day tasks like emails, writing, slideshows and very basic gaming, you do not need a discrete graphics card as all chipset have an integrated graphics chip (one that shares system memory). A graphics card by Nvidia or AMD essential for content creators, gamers, creating 3D objects and so on.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT SIZE: Choosing the right size is an important step which many of us miss. Here’s how to avoid that mistake.

1) 11 to 12 inches: These laptops are portable, lightweight and small for those who are always on the run.

2) 13 to 14 inches: These laptops provide the perfect balance between usability and portability.

3) 15 to 16 inches: These laptops are the most popular. If you need a big screen and don’t plan on moving around much, this would be a good option for you.

4) 17 to 18 inches: These laptops are bulky and huge but will provide you with the performance needed for workstation-level tasks and heavy gaming.

MIND THE BRAND: After service support is an essential factor while buying a laptop. In India, companies like Avita selling good specification laptops for a cheaper price. Unfortunately, finding technical support would be quite difficult. Always keep in mind that the laptop is only as good as the company that stands behind it. It is always safer to buy from a reputed company, even if it means paying more.

Laptops cannot run without an operating system. There are a few options to choose from.

1) Windows: The most flexible operating system, Windows 10 is the most popular OS in the world. You can find Windows machines for any budget. Windows 10 laptops are great for students, researchers and business users, and they're the only machines gamers should consider...

2) macOS: macOS laptops are great for content creators, video editors, music producers and so on. They are also great laptops for those students who can afford its heavy price tag. Macbooks start at about Rs 93000 in India (student discounts excluded). They also have an amazing ecosystem formed with iPhones, iPad and other Apple products.

3) ChromeOS: ChromeOS is simple, fast but very limited. Great for students, basic tasks like emails, web surfing but not recommended for any heavy usage.

I hope I have cleared some basic laptop-buying doubts of yours. If you’d like any more tips or recommendations you can always reach out to Silicon Byte via email (bytesilicon@gmail.com).

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