7 Important Features to Check when Buying a New Laptop
Whether you are looking to update your laptop or are buying one for the first time, now is a good time to do so because you can make the most of the discounts and deals available during the festive season. However, before you invest in a laptop, it is crucial to assess your needs and buy one that suits your requirements. For instance, as a coder you will benefit from a strong processor and as an entrepreneur running a start-up, a lightweight, small-screen machine will be ideal.
That said, getting your hands on a top-performing model, be it a Lenovo laptop, an HP laptop or a MacBook can be difficult as these are available at high price points. So, this season, shop smart and buy a laptop on EMI from the Bajaj Finserv EMI Network to make your purchase pocket-friendly. Now you can shop without disrupting your budget, here is a guide to help you choose the right laptop.
Choose the right screen size and display features
While a standard laptop has a screen size of 15.6 inches, 12- to 14-inch models are more portable. Thus, a small size is ideal for you if you are always on the go and a larger size is apt if you are a gamer or view movies frequently as it provides for better viewing. Similarly, the aspect ratio defines the look and feel of the screen and depending on whether you want a square or rectangle screen, you can choose the aspect ratio as per your liking. When buying a laptop, you may also come across HD, FHD, and 4K UHD resolution options. The higher the resolution, the sharper your content will appear and so, you shouldn’t settle for sub-par quality.
Determine the processing power you need
Generally, the faster your processor and the more cores it has, the greater is the computational prowess that you enjoy. Consider an i3 processor for simple, everyday tasks, an i5 for personal and business use, and an i7 or i9 for more intensive software applications.
Select the right operating system
It is essential to check the OS your system is pre-loaded with as it coordinates the functions between the laptop’s hardware and software, and determines how easily you can use the machine. While Windows is extremely popular, you pay for the software so if you are on a budget, Linux would fit the bill better.
Examine the RAM and ROM
More RAM means smoother performance and so, you can consider a single 8GB module or two 4GB modules to facilitate lag-free usage and seamless multitasking. Similarly, the higher the ROM, the greater will be your user-experience. Typically, you can opt for a 128GB SSD boot drive to ensure fast loading and a 1 or 2TB HDD for storage purposes.
Pay attention to the battery capacity
If you spend most of your time travelling or anticipate not having quick access to a charging point, make sure to get a laptop with a strong battery. Six to eight hours of run time over Wi-Fi and around 500 charge cycles will make for a great buy.
Look into the ports offered
The number of ports determines your laptop’s functionalities. For instance, if you are a businessperson who needs to project presentations often, make sure your system has VGA/HDMI slots. On the other hand, if you are a photographer, you will need an SD card reader in order to transfer your pictures on to the laptop. So, analyse your needs and ensure that the system offers the right ports, in sufficient number.
Check for foldable and touchscreen features
Many of the latest laptops come with touchscreen displays. These offer an added degree of convenience and allow you to navigate between apps seamlessly. Further, fully-rotatable screens and foldable displays give you access to a variety of configurations, many of which can be useful for your personal or business use. So, be sure to look into these add-ons before you make a final decision.
Now that you are aware of the most important features you need in a laptop, shortlist the models that check the right boxes. Remember that even if your dream laptop exceeds your budget, you can shop for it on No Cost EMIs from the Bajaj Finserv EMI Network to convert your purchase into easy monthly instalments. All you have to do is use your EMI Network Card online or offline to bring home a Lenovo laptop, HP laptop or a model from a popular brand like Asus. Further, you needn’t compromise on specifications as the EMI Network Card gives you financing up to Rs.4 lakh and you can obtain this on customised terms when you check your pre-approved offer from Bajaj Finserv.