CHOOSE YOUR PERFECT LAPTOP FOR COLLEGE !
Every student and teacher needs a laptop for both work and study, but unlike inexpensive stationery supplies buying laptops is a long term investment. Spending some time researching laptops can help you figure out what type of device will work best for your courses and what you can afford.
The very first thing to consider when shopping for a new college laptop is how you’ll use it now and in the future. With technology advancing rapidly year after year, it’s a good idea to consider a laptop that can handle new applications and programs.
When choosing a laptop one needs to narrow their choices, because laptops are not of the same kind, some may have high-end graphics cards and some do not have such features. So choose a laptop according to your needs.
Before choosing a laptop, ask these questions to yourself,
- Do I really need a laptop now?
- What field or major am I working on?
- What programs or applications are requirements for my classes?
- How long do I use the laptop in a day?
- Am I going to video chat during an interview or with friends and family?
- Will this be enough to create my own content—videos, podcasts, etc.?
- Am I going to play video games, or Am I want to get into gaming?
- Am I going to use the laptop for watching video content and movies?
Now let us get into our analysis study,
Nearly 75% of work or study time will be engaged with technology, so it is important to feel comfortable while working on the laptop.
Performance is all you want:
Performance is the main metric that you want in any machine you use. How much you’ll use the laptop directly influences how much performance you’ll need from the machine. Student and teacher requirements are different. Using heavy-duty apps like Data analytic tools and Machine learning tools, Adobe Premiere Pro*Video editors or playing video games requires a lot of horsepower from the CPU. However, if you use the laptop for more basic tasks like word processing, web browsing and compilers then a top-of-the-line CPU might not be necessary.
Expect the best battery life:
All students should consider battery life when choosing a laptop for college. Most batteries last 10-14 hours. Whereas smaller computers tend to offer longer battery lives and work more efficiently, higher-performing laptops use more power and may therefore perform less efficiently while offering shorter battery lives. Generally speaking, the bigger the screen size of your laptop, or the heavier the model, the less battery life it will provide. Laptops usually have a battery life of 8-10 hours on the low end and 12-17 hours on the high end.
Look into RAM:
Random Access Memory, or RAM. RAM temporarily stores recently-used data for quick access later. Think of it as the info you know off the top of your head—you use it often and your brain can access it quickly. The more RAM that’s available, the faster a computer will feel to you. Consider 8 GBs to 16 GBs of RAM for your laptop.
You have a lot to store:
Pictures, videos, and other data you’ll want to save for a long time are stored in your laptop’s “long-term memory.” It’s data that may not be used frequently, but it’s pretty important to save, keep, and use when necessary. This data can be stored on a hard disk drive (HDD), a solid-state drive (SSD), or even a hybrid of the two. SSDs typically provide faster access to data and start-up times and are very reliable and durable, as they have no moving parts.
Check for Ports and Connectivity:
One thing that should not be underestimated is the available number of ports and number of different peripherals (i.e., cameras, phones, and other devices) that you are going to connect with your laptop. While many peripheral devices can connect wirelessly, sometimes you just need a USB port. Smaller laptops and thin models will have fewer ports. In order to avoid purchasing extra laptop accessories the following are the necessary ports for any kind of normal functioning of a system are
Get a comfortable keyboard :
Programmers and writers aren’t the only ones who believe a laptop’s keyboard is its most important feature. Think about it—you’ll use the keyboard more than any other part of the laptop, so you’ll want one that’s comfortable, easy to use, and provides a satisfying spring or tactile feel. Do you require or prefer a backlit keyboard? Also, consider key placement and size.
Prefer a good Touchpad:
A comfortable, easy-to-use touchpad is important, especially if you’re travelling, or working in a cramped space like a lecture hall or café. Consider the size and placement of the touchpad, whether you prefer one large pad or separate left- and right-click buttons.
Need of good graphics:
In modern laptops, graphics are actually built into the processor eliminating the need for a separate graphics card. However, if you’re working designing projects and content creation then you’ll definitely want to look into dedicated graphics or GPU. Dedicated graphics are more powerful than integrated graphics but also are substantially more expensive when it comes to the price of the laptop.
Choose the correct platform for your work:
Most laptops run on either Windows or Mac OS, both of which offer compatibility and full functionality. In general, Windows PCs cost less and offer more customization, while Macs are more expensive and feature proprietary software. But Linux is an open-source operating system that offers all the features that are available in other operating systems and it is highly secure.
For students who need to perform just basic tasks, such as email and word processing, either operating system will work fine. So choose yours according to your need of work.
And the final conclusion is,
It may seem like a lot to remember, but finding the perfect laptop for your college career can really set you up for success. Make a checklist using the features in this article, and focus on what you’ll need most from your college laptop in terms of size, weight, processing power, and storage.
Remember that your choice of the laptop is what you want to do now and in the future. Your budget always tells you how much you expect from the system.
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