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8 Essential tips when you are buying a laptop – A comprehensive guide to buying a laptop

Whether you want to do some work or play a game, having a laptop is always a better option than investing in a tablet. If you are planning to buy one in the near future, pay heed to these tips.


Decide on the platform

What platform do you think will suit you better? Windows, Mac or Chrome OS? Whatever it is, pick a platform early on. If you don't know much about laptop platforms, do a bit of research.


Two-in-one laptops

You'll find many laptops in this category. These hybrid devices come with two modes: tablet mode, also known as clamshell mode and stand mode. There are styles when it comes to two-in-one laptops – some laptops possess the feature of detachable screens, and others are bend-backs. Decide which one would serve your purpose better.


The size

The size you prefer depends on the purpose of your laptop. If you are someone who travels, you may do well with a smaller one, but if you tend to stay in one place and do your work, then you can go for a bigger one. There are four categories when it comes to the size of a laptop: 11 to 12 inches, 13 to 14 inches, 15 inches and 17 to 18 inches.


Pay attention to the keyboard and the touchpad

Are you someone who does a lot of writing? Then you need a laptop with a keyboard that has solid tactile feedback, keys with enough space in-between and a lot of vertical travel. Also, try to go for a touchpad that doesn't respond to multi-touch gestures consistently. If you are a business person, go for a keyboard with a nub between G and H keys – this will make navigating easier.


Think about the specs

If you are not a tech-savvy person, you can find reading material on the internet that describes the specs of a laptop and what they exactly mean. What's the type of CPU you need? i9, i7, i5, or i3? What size RAM do you want? Usually, people should go for 8GB at least, but there are other sizes such as 4GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. You also should pay attention to the display, the graphics chip, ports and DVD drives.


The battery life

You don't have to worry about this factor too much if you are someone who uses the laptop on a table near a power outlet. But if you like to keep your laptop on your lap, you need battery power that lasts at least 7 hours. Don't listen to the vendor when it comes to the endurance of the battery, instead read reviews on the internet.


Your budget

What is your budget? You should decide how much you can spend on your laptop. Also, depending on which country you are from, do some country-based research, if you are planning to buy a laptop while you are in Sri Lanka, you should research laptop price in Sri Lanka. Also, there are online shops such as Clicknshop that offer discounted prices – keep an eye out for those as well.


The brand matters

When it comes to laptops, the brand plays a significant role. Important factors like the warranty and the after service entirely depend on the brand name. You also need to look at the market value of the brand as well as the competition.

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