Here’s a brief laptop buying guide!

There are lots of choices out there and it can get a bit confusing as to what to buy. I have been working on this blog for quite some time and decided now was the perfect time to make an informative guide on the subject. Hopefully, this will help some of you find a laptop that fits your needs and prevents you from making a costly mistake.

Operating systems

There are three main operating systems you’ll see on laptops: Windows 10, Mac, and Chrome OS. Each has its pros and cons. If you’re in the market for a new laptop, it’s important to know what each platform can offer you, so you know what to look for when comparing different laptops.

Windows 10

For most people, Windows 10 is the best choice out there. It’s the most popular operating system in the world and will be familiar to most people, so it’s easy to transition to if you’re upgrading from an old laptop. Many of the programs we use every day are compatible with Windows, including Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop.

Mac/MacOS

Macs run on their own operating system called macOS. They’re great for creative professionals like graphic designers and video editors because of their fast processors and ability to multitask smoothly.

Chrome OS

Chromebooks use Google’s own operating system called Chrome OS. They’re ideal for people who mainly use their laptops for browsing the web; they have much more limited processing power than other options but are much more affordable.

Keyboard and touchpad

It’s important that you take the time to check out some of the key features on your potential new machine to make sure you’re getting what you want and need out of your purchase. One of the most important things to check on any laptop you’re considering buying is the keyboard and touchpad. It might seem surprising that these are so important, but if you think about it, a laptop’s keyboard and touchpad are really the main ways you interact with your computer—so it makes sense that they should be both comfortable and responsive.

Battery life

One of the most important considerations when buying a new laptop is the battery life. You need to know that you can get through your day without being tethered to a power source and worrying about running out of juice. If you buy your laptop, only to find out the battery drains quickly and has trouble charging, that’s a huge waste of money and a major inconvenience.

Luckily, checking the battery life is pretty easy. Just look at the specs and see what they say. You want to be sure that it lists an average amount of time (like 8-12 hours) rather than just “up to” a long period of time (like 12 hours). This is because many laptops don’t actually last as long as they’re advertised to, so you want to see what people who actually own the product are saying about how long it lasts for them.