Laptop Buying Guide

Smartphones and tablets give us the luxury to bring them anywhere and use them even in our beds, but when it comes to serious computing tasks on the go, nothing beats laptops. Laptops offer the same kind of hardware for fast typing, has the components to accommodate multi-tasking, with the power and efficiency for almost every computing tasks, such as editing audio and video for work, making PowerPoint presentations for the business meetings, playing the latest online games while out of town, and a whole bunch of stuff that we usually do with our desktop. So how do you choose a laptop? Here's Dual Monitors Guide's guidelines.

Toshiba Satellite C55 Laptop (image from Amazon)


Obviously, laptops vary in sizes, features and of course price range. And this can make the choosing difficult for most of us. However, you can make the choosing simple by understanding what you need and knowing how you want to use your new laptop. Here’s how you can make the right call.

 

How do you want to use your laptop?

There are many different types of laptops, but you can categorize them simply on how they are designed and the tasks they’re meant for.

 

All-Purpose Laptop

If you want a portable computer where you can do a little bit of everything and plan to share it with other people inside your house, then you can opt for an inexpensive all-purpose laptop. A 15-inch will fit most types of use, while 11-13-inch types are great for on-the-go use. Expect to spend between $500 to $800 for this type.

Toshiba Satellite C55 Laptop (image from Amazon)


Toshiba Satellite C55 Laptop is a mid-range laptop with power hardware for its price. It may not have the bells and whistles of high-end laptops, but it’s pretty competitive when it comes to all-around performance. Screen resolution of 1366 x 768 in a 15.6-inch screen is quite decent, while viewing angles are pretty solid. The most interesting part about this product is its 5th generation Core i5-5200u processor paired with 8GB RAM. That’s power right there.

 

 

Businesses/Productivity Laptop

ASUS UX31A-DH51 13.3-Inch Zenbook (image from Amazon)


Whether you’re a student doing heavy research and school work everyday, or a travelling executive whose work depends heavily on your laptop, your computer tasks will revolve around writing, using spreadsheets, making presentations, browse websites, etc. For these tasks, you want a portable computer with a reliable keyboard, sharp screen and durable design to withstand the daily grind.

 

The ASUS UX31A-DH51 13.3-Inch Zenbook is an incredible ultrabook specifically designed for business professionals. Its sleek design is inspired by a hand-made luxury timepieces, which resembles an hour and minute hand when opened and viewed from the side. It's equipped with a full HD IPS panel, seamless Chiclet style backlit keyboard, ultra fast SSD, Asus' SonicMaster technology and super hybrid engine II for energy-saving design.

 

Gaming Laptop

ASUS UX31A-DH51 13.3-Inch Zenbook (image from Amazon)


Whether you’re a student doing heavy research and school work everyday, or a travelling executive whose work depends heavily on your laptop, your computer tasks will revolve around writing, using spreadsheets, making presentations, browse websites, etc. For these tasks, you want a portable computer with a reliable keyboard, sharp screen and durable design to withstand the daily grind.

 

The ASUS UX31A-DH51 13.3-Inch Zenbook is an incredible ultrabook specifically designed for business professionals. Its sleek design is inspired by a hand-made luxury timepieces, which resembles an hour and minute hand when opened and viewed from the side. It's equipped with a full HD IPS panel, seamless Chiclet style backlit keyboard, ultra fast SSD, Asus' SonicMaster technology and super hybrid engine II for energy-saving design.

 

 

Multimedia Laptop

Apple MacBook Pro (image from Amazon)


If you’re a creative professional whose job revolves around editing images, videos, audios and illustrations, then you definitely need a computer that can handle the job – particularly a laptop with a good processor, discrete graphics, SSD (Solid State Drive) and a large display to accommodate your need for high-resolution (full HD or higher). Expect to spend $1000 or more for this type.


Apple MacBook Pro boasts brilliant high-resolution retina display that delivers vibrant colors and crisp text. Even better, their laptop comes with Nvidia GeForce FT graphics card, Intel Core processor and 16GB buffer, which allows smooth multimedia experience.

 

Light Surfing Laptop

If you’re looking for a light computer as a backup for your desktop computer, or you want to give your kids their own computer, then a low-cost light surfing laptop will do.

HP 255 G4 (image from Amazon)


HP 255 G4 is a budget laptop with a budget build. And performance wise, it doesn’t show any serious flaws. This means it can get the job done most of the time, making it an ideal budget laptop for people who don’t need high resolution or lots of speed.


In Page 2, we will talk about choosing laptops based on size, and feature the best laptops from different sizes.

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