Five tips for choosing the right laptop

Five tips for choosing the right laptop
Five tips for choosing the right laptop

Consumers all too often make their decisions based on their instincts. They choose based on feeling, without knowledge of the facts. However, before you buy a laptop, it is useful to keep some important rules of thumb in mind. These are the five most important.

take your time

It can be particularly tempting to choose the laptop that immediately catches your eye in the store. Budget is certainly a factor, but not the only one that counts. Many consumers make the mistake of setting a budget first and sticking to it strictly. Afterwards, they often regret because they come to the conclusion that the computer they have brought into their home is not capable of doing what they had in mind. For that reason, the best strategy is to plan your purchase smartly and take advantage of the cheapest offers.

We naturally think of the sales in June, Black Friday or special deals for the start of the school year. But actually there are interesting bargains to be found all year round. Computer manufacturers regularly update their product ranges, and retailers generally don’t mind dumping products they still have in stock, with discounts of 30, 40 and even 50 %.

Therefore, this good advice: search with an open mind, search the internet for attractive offers on platforms such as Dealabs, and give yourself enough time to make your move.

Determine exactly what you need

“I bought this computer because I liked it.” If you have to avoid one argument, this is it. We repeat it again: the design of your computer is completely unimportant.

The right computer is the computer that suits you perfectly. It is therefore primarily a matter of determining what you specifically need. Audiovisual and computer science professionals are more likely to choose a computer with robust performance and a high-definition display. Students can content themselves with a laptop that is simpler but preferably has a battery with a long charge cycle. There’s no point in investing in a computer with a great 4K display if you don’t need it anyway. On the contrary, it can even work to your disadvantage, because such devices usually consume more energy and drain the battery faster.

So take your time to determine what your specific needs are. The battery life, the screen, the performance, the connectivity and the size of the device are all elements to consider.

Check the gates

You may have several accessories at home, such as wireless headphones, a portable hard drive, or a computer mouse. Before you choose a laptop, it is therefore best to check whether that new device is compatible with all those accessories. For example, more and more computers no longer have a classic USB port and are only equipped with USB-C ports. The jack port is also gradually disappearing. So you better proceed with caution.

On the other hand, there are also many tools that you can use to make your old devices compatible with your new laptop. We’re especially thinking of ‘Jack to USB-C’ or ‘USB to USB-C’ adapters, and even hubs that allow you to connect all kinds of accessories to your computer. Keep in mind that those extra stuff will push up the bill even more.

Prioritize Windows

Linux is great, and so is macOS, but not necessarily for all users. Each operating system has its advantages and qualities. For example, macOS is a dream to work with, but Mac computers are usually expensive. It therefore makes no sense to invest in such a device if you do not have other compatible devices. Apple is strongly committed to its own ecosystem.

Many teenagers can also be tempted to invest in a Chromebook, a laptop with Chrome OS as the operating system. However, you also have to be careful with that. These devices are financially advantageous in themselves, but you cannot run all software with them. And that can lead to dramatic situations at school…

Whether you like it or not, Windows remains the ecosystem of choice and poses the fewest risks for buyers.

Do not buy abroad

It can seem tempting to do golden business across national borders. The prices in France and Germany, for example, are often very interesting. Only in this way can you be faced with unpleasant surprises. In Germany, for example, you will only find QWERTY keyboards, and they require a lot of adjustment. In France, just like in Belgium, they work with an AZERTY keyboard, but there are other differences. Moreover, it is not always easy to exchange or replace a foreign device if it is damaged. So buying locally is always a better idea.

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