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5 Tips while buying a Laptop for yourself : Complete Guide

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Laptops have proved to be an indispensable gadget in the modern age. This intelligent machine is so wisely designed that it is portable enough to be carried around and efficient enough to perform all the tasks of a desktop computer. In addition, it offers capabilities and a degree of usefulness not found in even the best tablet or smartphone.

So whether you are buying a laptop for casual browsing, e-learning, gaming or business purpose, below are 5 things you need to know which will enable you to choose the perfect laptop based on your requirements:

  1. Performance

In the context of laptops, performance is an amalgamation of the below 5 pillars:

Performance = Processor + RAM + Operating System + Storage + Battery Life

Processor:

The processor is the brain of the laptop. Better the processor, the more you can get done on your laptop. There are mainly two types of processors- Intel and AMD. Buying an asus laptop with never disappoint you with the performance.

RAM:

RAM stands for Random Access Memory and stores all the open apps, files and games you may be playing. More RAM translates into smoother and lag-free multi-tasking and seamless switching over. Laptops today are mainly available in 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB sizes and RAM size is predominantly based on the level of usage. Lower RAM is sufficient for casual browsing however higher RAM (< 6 GB) is needed for gaming, graphics, video editing etc.

Operating system:

The OS is the backbone of the laptop, managing all software and hardware, and lets you interact with the laptop in the easiest way. Windows is the most commonly used OS today while Chrome OS is found on Chromebooks and works best for those on a tight budget.

Storage: 

Storage is also a major thing to consider in a laptop, because everyone has something to store in a laptop like files, documents, software, videos, photos, and some large files like movies, etc. HDD typically is where data such as documents, photos, games and movies get stored. Today, laptops come with Solid State Drive (SSD) which is an advanced storage option and brings thrice the speed and performance than a hard drive.

Battery: 

It is advisable to go for laptops with bigger battery and fast-charging if you truly want to harness the benefits of laptop portability. The higher the Watt-hrs, the longer will it last.  A minimum of 6-8 hours backup is generally preferred for uninterrupted use.

TIP:  To determine a laptop’s expected battery life, don’t rely alone on the manufacturer’s word for it. Instead, read third-party reviews from objective sources which can give a more accurate picture.

The below table is indicative of the performance specifications you should be looking at while buying the following best laptops (Note: This is only indicative and will vary from individual-to-individual based on unique needs)

ProcessorRAM 
Student laptops/ Personal Laptopsi3/ i5 processors4- 6 GB
Business Laptopsi5/ i7 processors> 6 GB
Gaming laptopsi7/ i9 processors 8-16 GB
Budget laptopsi3 processors4 GB

The popular Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Laptop is a promising pick in the under 50000 segments since it comes with Core i5 8th Gen processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, massive 1TB storage with optional dual drive, 3-Cell 42 WHr battery and sufficient ports.

  1. Display and portability

Always get a laptop that gives you the best screen in a particular price point. This should include resolution, panel type and size. If you are going to watch movies, you should ideally prefer a bigger size. However if you want portability, 2-in-1 laptops and compact ultra-books are gaining precedence. The 2-in-1 laptop combines the convenience and ease of a tablet with the utility of a laptop keyboard.

The Dell Inspiron 5406 is a 2-in-1 laptop in the under 50000 price segment which comes with 14 inch FHD Display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 4 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD,11th Gen i3 processor and a backlit touch display.

  1. Convenience features

We end up spending a lot of time on our laptops and hence can’t ignore the subtle features which make our experience more comfortable. For those who spend a lot of time in typing, a comfortable key pad is a basic necessity. Backlit keys make it much easier to see what you’re typing in dimly lit environments. Webcam shutter is another useful feature found in Lenovo laptops offering more privacy during video calls. The DELL Vostro 3400 Notebook is a soon-to-be launched notebook in the under 50000 segment which comes with 11th generation i3 processor, 4 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, 1 TB HDD, 14 inch full HD LED anti-glare display, Waves Max Audio Pro speakers, 720p HD Webcam and backlit keyboard.

  1. Ports & Connectivity

The ports and connectivity will decide what all you can connect your laptop to. You want to ensure your laptop is equipped with all the ports for connecting multiple devices simultaneously such as USB- Type A/c, Card reader, HDMI to name a few.

  1. After sales support

Often this is something that gets relegated to the last however a laptop brand with an efficient after- sales support always proves to be advantageous. Dell is one of the top 3 brands in India by market share and one of the success reasons is largely owing to the excellent network of authorized service providers and exceptional support provided by the company post purchase.

Laptop on EMI:

Now that you know how to identify the perfect laptop aligned to your budget and needs, the next crucial stage is financing the purchase. And finding a good laptop with great features and specifications may make you stretch your budget. However the Bajaj Finserv EMI scheme will not allow you to compromise on anything due to cost. Here you can avail of easy EMI’s at no additional cost. And shopping on the online platform is easier than you thought. Simply use the EMI Network card at checkout or walk into your nearest partner retailer to know more about our in-store financing options.

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