Laptop Buying Guide: How to choose the best laptop

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Whether you are planning to buy a laptop to work from home or attend online classes, finding a good laptop requires proper insight of must-have features and specifications. To streamline your search, here’s a laptop buying guide that can help you identify a laptop best suited to your needs. 

Operating system

Choosing the right Operating System (OS) is the first and the most important step when buying a new laptop as it determines the environment you will work in. Therefore, verify that the pre-loaded OS meets your end-use needs.

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  • Latest version is Windows 11.
  • Easy to use, intuitive GUI.
  • An ideal platform for work or study use.
  • Most devices are Windows compatible.


  • Latest version is macOS 12.5 'Montere'.
  • Simplified user interface.
  • Ease of multitasking for robust users.
  • Less vulnerable to security lapses.


  • Open-source operating system.
  • Secure to malicious programmes.
  • Supports wide range of programming languages for coders.
  • Reliable and does not compromise performance


Tips for buying a laptop

 Category  Tip
 Screen size  15.6 is standard, but 12 to 14 inches can be more portable
 Display type  Pick IPS for great viewing angles
 RAM & ROM  4GB RAM or more for multitasking with at least 512GB storage
 Battery  Around 8 hours of battery life support



How to determine the storage capacity

More storage capacity helps a laptop perform actions in the background seamlessly. It is always good to have more storage in your laptop to save media files and give enough space to the device to boot flawlessly. Different types of hard drive are:


 Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) offer huge storage size at a reasonable cost per gigabyte.  Solid State Drives (SDDs) provide smooth booting and multitasking performance and are good for thin and light laptops  Solid State Hybrid Drives (SSHDs) offer maximum capacity at an affordable price along with sound booting and loading



How to identify right RAM size in laptop

Larger RAM renders good multitasking abilities in laptops. You can identify the right RAM size for your new laptop, depending on your usage, i.e. office work, casual browsing, or online classes:

Light useMedium useHeavy and demanding use
For browsing websites, watching videos online, or doing office work Intensive usage like photo editing, and run semi-demanding office programmes Professional gamer, video editing and rendering, working with large number of images, animation and graphic design work
Budget laptop with a decent 4GB RAM and 256GB SSD storage Core i3 – i5 processor with 4GB to 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD storage Core i9 and above, 16 to 32GB RAM and a top-end SSD storage unit

How to choose the best processor in laptop

 When it comes to choosing a good laptop, the CPU processor must be considered wisely. The best CPU processor not only offers the fastest speed but also the number of cores.
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Features to look for in a new laptop

Now that you know about the most important features that you should look in a laptop before making a buying decision, here are some of the additional specifications that you mustn’t miss out.


USB Port

USB Port

USB Type-C offers speed and functionality




OLED screen displays better than real life images




Makes the interface simpler and eases access


2-in-1 PCs

2-in-1 PCs

Next-gen laptops that can fold flat and even detach for a tablet experience




Get next-gen Wi-Fi 6 which is faster than the standard 802.11ac Wi-Fi




Look for a laptop that has a Nvidia Graphic chip




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