When there’s no dearth of options in the market, it becomes important to do your research before making a purchase. This is especially true if you’re about to make an expensive purchase, something like a laptop for instance. This particular section of the cover story will cover more than just laptops though. We’ll also take a look at all the marketing jargon that you should avoid when you’re looking to buy a gaming mouse, gaming keyboard and gaming headset as well. It’s easy to get distracted by all the bling in the market, but it’s important to look beyond the bling and pick out the product that best serves your needs. With that out of the way, let’s get started with laptops.
Don’t just go for the cheapest available laptop. If you were in the market for a laptop in the first place, then you probably had an intended use for it, be it gaming, office work or even just to consume content. It’s important to do your research first before you buy a laptop, to at least ensure that the laptop can actually do whatever it is you expect from it. You might want to invest in a laptop with decent amounts of RAM if you plan on multitasking a lot, a laptop with a dedicated GPU if you plan a game, or a laptop with a decent display if you plan to consume a lot of content. So keep all of that in mind when you make your decision.
The same applies to the other end of the spectrum. It is always advisable to purchase a future-proof product, i.e., purchase a laptop that you know will serve your needs for the coming few years. This might mean you need to splurge a bit more but it will certainly save you some money in the long run. However, this does not mean that you have to spend an arm and a leg, and possibly a kidney, to get the best laptop out there. There will definitely be a more budget option out there that can serve your needs just fine. Of course, if the price is no issue, then this probably doesn’t matter to you. In fact, there might even be a cheaper option with the very same hardware specifications. This is why research is important.
Unless you specifically require a laptop with a high-resolution display, in most cases you can safely ignore those. Sure, higher resolutions look clean and crisp, on larger displays. Laptop screens can range from 11 inches to 17 inches, and in most cases, you won’t even be able to tell the difference. So unless you work in a creator field and you need a high-resolution display, a 1080p or FHD is really all you need.
Most people buy a laptop for its portability. While it might be tempting to go for the laptop with the largest display, consider that this makes the laptop harder to carry around. Smaller laptops are lighter and easier to fit into bags. They’re also usually slimmer in profile. On the other hand, a bulky gaming laptop is heavy and more of a pain to carry around. They’re not usually carried around and stay plugged in most of the time. So once again, it comes down to picking the laptop that best suits your needs.
The first and foremost thing you might want to consider when buying a gaming laptop is whether or not it has a dedicated GPU. A GPU or graphics card exists to take some load off the CPU and allows you to run graphically intensive and demanding games. It’s not just games, but a GPU can increase your overall productivity with a laptop, improving your editing speeds and such as well. One thing to note is that even within similar models of GPUs there are variations. Special edition GPUs take up less power, for example, the 1650 Max-Q special edition uses much less power than a regular 1650, but this also means that gaming performance will be weaker on the Max-Q, even though both cards are the same 1650s.
So those were five things that you should be aware of when making your laptop purchase. The primary takeaway is to do your research and purchase the laptop that best suits your needs.