Helpful Advice on Buying a Windows 10 Laptop
We have put together a very simple buying guide for deciding on which Windows 10 laptop to buy.
Laptops are a great option for anyone that wants to be productive as they can do so many things. These include surfing and looking up information on the internet, doing online shopping and online banking. They can also create documents, edit photos and do so much more! I’m sure that you already have an idea about what you want yours to do.
So once you’ve decided that you need (want) a laptop, you then have to choose which Windows laptop is the right one for you.
How do you choose a laptop?
Does this happen to you? When you walk into a shop such as Currys or John Lewis to take a look at the laptops and computer section are you
- instantly being harassed by a sales person the second you walk in and have no idea what to ask for or
- do you find that you are not able to find any sales person in the entire store despite looking around with a ‘help me’ face on?
Once you do find someone to talk to what do you look for when they show you the different laptops available?
- Look for the prettiest
- Look for the most expensive
- Look for the cheapest
- Look at the specification
Which laptop do you go for?
Well I’m sure that you know what you should be looking at but what I’m saying is that you should actually be looking at a mixture of all of the above.
Two big questions to ask to help ascertain which laptop would be the best one for you are:
What are you going to use it for?
What is your budget?
That then leads on to helping to narrow down on more specific things such as
- Screen size
- Screen Resolution
- Touch screen
- Hard Drive size
- Amount of RAM
- Ports (USB/USB 3/USB-C/HDMI/Ethernet etc)
Lets take a brief look at these individually and see how they affect your choice.
You have various screen sizes ranging from 12″ up to 17″. This is mostly personal preference but the bigger the screen the heavier and more power it will use.
This is the amount of pixels on the screen and the more you have the clearer and sharper the image will be. You don’t necessarily get a higher resolution when you get a bigger screen. The normal screen resolution is HD which is 1920 x 1080 pixels. The bigger those numbers, the higher resolution the screen the will be. This will be useful if your going to be watching 4K content.
Some people love using this feature instead of using the mouse. On some laptops you can fold them over and virtually use it as a tablet by only using the touch screen.
This is the thing that basically powers your PC. There are a huge range of processor makes and models that come in laptops. You can get anything from a Fiat speed processor to a Ferrari speed processor.
I would always suggest going for the most powerful that you can afford whether that be an Intel or AMD chip.
Find the specific processor model in your prospective laptop and look it up on this website and see how it ranks compared to others – CPU Benchmark Website.
Hard Drive Size
This is basic – the bigger size the more you can store. Where it gets more tricky is when it comes to standard hard drives or having an SSD. In simple terms standard hard drives (HDD) are bigger capacity, cheaper and slightly slower vs Solid State Drives (SSD) which are more expensive but faster and more reliable, but you will sacrifice capacity for cost.
Amount of RAM
RAM is another type of memory. How it works is that it temporarily stores the things that you are currently working on so that you have instant access to them. So the more RAM that you have the more you can work on and the faster it will be to do multiple things. More is better.
This depends on what you are going to be plugging into the laptop. If its a mouse or keyboard then a standard USB would be sufficient, if you would like to transfer data such as photos or music to a device then a USB 3.0 would be better as its much faster. If you want to go even more modern and even faster you can look for USB-C which is the new standard.
Do you want to plug an SD card directly into the laptop then you can look for one with an SDXC slot built in.
You can also have a HDMI or mini HDMI so that you can plug your laptop into a screen or your TV (you can also do this with a USB-C).
Whats the best spec laptop for you?
You want to find the best balance of spec vs cost for your individual needs.
Remember that your needs could change in the future so you may want to consider this is your choice and future proof your decision.
In today’s market a mid range spec would be:
Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5
1TB HDD or 256GB SSD
4GB or 8GB RAM
No Touch Screen
USB 3.0 ports
Between £300 – £500
This spec would be a solid buy for most users and may be more than necessary for a basic user.
If you would like more help with choosing a laptop or PC then feel free to give us a call, we would be happy to help.