How to Buy a Laptop in 2021

January 07, 2021

New year, new year, and new laptop? If you’re in the market for a new laptop, there are quite a few things you’re going to want to keep in mind from minimum battery life through to what operating system you’re going to be using. Here is a brief guide on how to buy a laptop in 2021, so you can find a great machine at a great price:

1. Narrow Down the OS (Operating System)
While there are so many great new laptops for sale this year, the biggest consideration you’ll need to make is what OS you want. There are three main options, Windows 10, Chrome OS, and Mac OS. There are the most options with Windows 10, but many people are very loyal to Chrome or Mac operating systems. Chrome OS tends to be an affordable favourite for people who just want a machine for light browsing or social media use. Windows is a solid choice for a working computer as there are plenty of programs you can get for it. Mac tends to be the top choice for those who need to use specific music or video editing softwares that are only available on Apple computers.

2. Get Clear About the Laptop’s Main Use
What are you going to use your laptop for? Are you going to be out and about, working in cafe shops and taking it with you on the road? Then you’re probably going to want to focus your search on a more portable, lighter laptop in the 12-14 inch range. If you’re a gamer, or planning to edit photos or videos, then it may be worth getting something in the 15-17 inch range even though it will be bigger and heavier. Once you identify how you’re going to use your laptop, you can also consider what features you really need helping you narrow down your selection.

3. Consider Battery Life
If you’re planning to take your laptop out with you a lot, then battery life is going to be something you really want to keep in mind. Generally the larger the laptop screen, the less battery life the computer will have so that’s a consideration when choosing what size you go for. At a minimum, I would suggest at least 8 hours battery life. As your computer ages, the battery life will drop considerably, so starting off higher will mean over the course of the life of your laptop, you’ll have a better length of time you can use it on battery.

4. Hybrid or Standard Clam
There are so many different options for laptops now, you’ll need to ask what other extra features you need. Do you want a laptop that’s touch screen? One that flips around with a 360 hinge, making it easy to do presentations on the go? Do you prefer laptops that have a detachable keyboard? This is a very personal choice and will help you narrow down to which option will be best for you. Think about how you plan to use your laptop, and see what extras you need.

Buying a laptop is an exciting step, but you want to take a moment to ensure you’re making the right decision for your need. I hope these suggestions help ensure that you choose a great option that will last you well for years to come.