How To Choose a Laptop and Not Get Disappointed?

Laptops are everywhere, but which one is good for me is the question to answer!

We made it very easy for you so you can choose the right laptop with no hustle.

But, before we get into the right laptop, we advise you to read this blog so you can be familiar with some essential technical stuff about computers.

If you have this knowledge already, no worries, you can go right away to action and look at our recommendations.

Yet, to be able to decide, we need first to identify the purpose of what you need the laptop for.

We can have a short and simple answer to this aspect if you want an all-in-one laptop. This is optimal when the price is not an issue and you have an open budget.

You could simply go to the market and get a laptop with the highest performing CPU such as Intel core i9 or AMD Ryzen 9 Threadripper,  4K screen resolution, 64 GB RAM, and 2 TB of storage.

But our purpose here is different. We are trying to give you affordable options for certain purposes to help you be efficient.

So, we made three categories to choose from according to purposes:

1. For School:

With school starting in an unfortunate environment of COVID-19, computers and laptops have become an essential part of online education.

According to our research, the minimum laptop specifications needed for students are as follows:

  • CPU i3 8th generation with dual-core processor equivalent to AMD Ryzen 3
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 264 GB storage
  • 14-inch screen with HD resolution 1366 X 768
  • 2 hours of battery life
  • MS Windows 10 as OS

As for brands that fit into this category, we have the following:

  • Dell Inspiron Core i3  Model 3593
  • Acer Core i3 Model A315-56-35G9
  • HP  AMD Ryzen 3 Model 14-dk0002ne
  • ASUS Core i3 Model 509JA-BR080T
  • Lenovo AMD Ryzen 3 Model IdeaPad L340
  • Lenovo Core i3 Model IdeaPad 130

laptops for school

computers for school

The prices for these laptops range from $400-$600, but you need to know that these are not top-notch laptops.

Yet, the good thing about these laptops that they are good enough to give a decent result and serve your purpose here.

2. Business:

Choosing a laptop for business can have a very elastic and tricky list because it depends on which type of business you are in.

However, if you have a simple business that doesn’t require a heavy load of graphics, image, and video editing, or gaming, you can start with the above-mentioned specifications and brands.

If your work requires a medium level of the loads mentioned earlier, to be on the safe side, you need the following specs minimum:

  • CPU Core i5 8th with a quad-core processor, equivalent to AMD Ryzen 5
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 0.5 TB storage
  • 13 inch with FHD resolution screen 1920 X 1080
  • 4 hours of battery life
  • MS Windows 10 or Mac High Sierra or Mojave as OS

For such specifications, the following brands and models could be a good fit:

  • HP Core i5 Model ProBook 450 G7
  • Lenovo Core i7 Ideapad S145
  • Acer Core i7 Model Aspire E5 576G-712E
  • Dell Core i5 Model Inspiron 3593

laptops for business

Prices for these computers range from around $600-$800. Yet, for the same category, the prices can go up to $1,200 if you want higher specs.

If your work requires laptops with higher-performing specs, you need to move to the next category.

3. Specialized:

We are talking here about high-performance computers that can handle jobs for likes of graphic design, engineering, video editing, and gaming.

We can suggest minimum specifications like what we did before, but specialized computers can be tricky as the business ones. It depends on user preference and kind of specialization.

However, for any of the above jobs, the minimum specification should be as follows:

  • CPU Core i7   10th generation with six or eight-core processor, equivalent to AMD Ryzen 7
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 0.5 TB storage with SSD technology
  • 15 inch with a high-resolution graphic card included
  • 6 hours of battery life
  • MS Windows 10 or Apple  Mojave or Catalina  as OS

As for recommended computers, we are going to have two lists, one for design and one for gaming:

Design:

To recommend the best graphic design and gaming laptops, we did extensive research into the top ranking tech-sites (Just Creative, Creative blog, Techradar)

The suggested result is as follows:

  • MacBook Pro 16 inch
  • Dell XPS 15
  • Microsoft Surface Book 2
  • Lenovo ThinkPad P1
  • HP ZBook Studio G4 DreamColor
  • Acer ConceptD 7

laptops for graphic design

designer laptop

These computers are pricey but have high quality and performance. Prices could range from $1,500 up to over $2,500.

Gaming:

As for gaming laptops, we did extra research through high ranking tech- sites like (Cnet, LaptopmagTechradar, Digitaltrends)

The result indicates that gaming laptops should have some additional specifications  to give you the needed performance like:

  • Graphics card: for higher and faster performance you need Nivida GeForce RTX 2080 Super or AMD Radeon RX 5700M, 5600M, or 5500M.
  • Compatible with the latest games, High- quality Sound, Agile Keyboard.

As for the best gaming laptops for 2020, the ranking varies across these tech-websites. So, we did some scoring and found out the list can be as follows:

  • Razer Blade 15 and 17 pro
  • Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
  • Alienware m17 R3
  • HP Omen X 2S

gaming laptops

These gaming laptops are pricey as well with almost the same range as the design laptops. But the Razor 17 pro is a high price!

Prices of these design and gaming laptops can vary depending on the generation.

If you are looking for a good one with less price, you can get the older generation from the same category and brand.

But with such kind of computers, you get the bang for the buck 👌

Is it too much?

Yes indeed. The computer industry is so intertwined and has many inter-dependents.

Every laptop or computer indeed has a brand and name on it, but this is not the end of the story.

The parts that make up the laptop are manufactured and produced by several companies and used by different brand names.

The fun part that you could have a laptop that looks different from the outside and have a different brand from the one your friend has, but both could have the same ingredients inside.

That is why we recommend you have a brief idea of some technical aspects to help you understand how to choose the right laptop.

The result:

We can say that choosing a laptop depends mainly on your budget and secondly on your preference towards the brand or purpose.

As for how to buy a laptop, we recommend that the school and medium-range business computers be bought from the local market and from certified agents or distributors.

For a specific type or high-end laptop that is not available in the local market, we suggest buying it from a trusted intermediary service that guarantees the product.

You can check our earlier blog on how to choose a trusted online purchase service.

P.S. We didn’t include a camera and microphone as required specification since all the computers we mentioned have them as built-in. A new laptop rarely comes with no cam or mic.

The information mentioned above is the sum of extensive research from the sites mentioned earlier, customer reviews, and tech-experts.

We hope the information was helpful.

Good luck in your laptop hunt 😊

 

 

 

 

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