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How to choose the right laptop

If you are planning to buy a laptop as a gift for someone this article it might be very helpful for you to decide which one to gift.

I, for one, I struggle with this decision as is a very important one, at the end of the day you don’t get to buy a laptop every day, so let’s see what GiftsGuru can do to make this a little bit easier for you.

This is what we, at GiftsGuru believe that are the most important things to check when you buy a laptop or notebook. Components such as processor, hard drive, RAM and graphics chip can confuse you, so don’t feel bad if spec sheets look like the Chinese alphabet to you. So let’s try to translate :

1 ) CPU: The “brains” of your computer, the processor has a huge influence on performance, but depending on what you want to do, even the cheapest model may be good enough. Let’s have a look :

  •  Intel Core i5: If you’re looking for a mainstream laptop with the best combination of price and performance, get one with an Intel Core i5 CPU. Models that end in U (ex: Core i5-7200U) are the most common.  Those with  a Y in the name are low power and have worse performance while models with an HQ offer four cores. Intel’s latest-generation, “Kaby Lake” CPUs have model numbers that begin with 7 (ex: Core i5-7300U) so look for those to get the best performance.

  • Intel Core i7: High-end performance for gaming rigs and workstations. Models with numbers that end in HQ or K use higher wattage and have four cores, allowing for even faster gaming and productivity. There are also Core i7 Y series chips that have lower power and performance. Keep an eye out for CPUs that have a 7 in the model number (ex: Core i7-7820HQ) because they are part of Intel’s latest, 7th Generation Core Series, and offer better performance.

  • Intel Core i3: Performance is just a step below Core i5 and so is the price. If you can possibly step up to a Core i5, we recommend it.

  • AMD A, FX or E Series: Found on low-cost laptops, AMD’s processors — the company calls them APUs rather than CPUs —  provide decent performance for the money that’s good enough for web surfing, media viewing and productivity.

  • Intel Atom: Found on very low-cost laptops.  Atom offers basic performance but more battery life than Celeron/Pentium.

  • Intel Pentium / Celeron: Common in under £400 laptops, these chips are a little faster than Atom, but offer worse battery life. If you can pay more to get a Core i3 or i5, you’d be better off.

  • Intel Core m / Core i5 / i7 “Y Series” — Low-power and low heat allow systems with these processors to go fanless. Performance is better than Celeron, but a notch below regular Core i5 U series.

  • Intel Xeon: Extremely powerful and expensive processors for large mobile workstations. If you do professional-grade engineering, 3D modeling or video editing, you might want a Xeon, but you won’t get good battery life or a light laptop.

Hope the info on top will help you decide, depending to whom you will gift the laptop, which one to buy, let’s say you want to buy one for your teenager son who likes video-games, you will have to go for Intel Core I5 – I7 , or if you want to give one for your granny , that she will only do browsing on the net and calls on Skype … the cheapest laptops like the ones with Intele Celeron or Atom will do just fine.

 

2 ) Screen size:

Other things to consider in our opinion is of course the size of the screen , you need to figure out just how portable you need the laptop to be. Laptops are usually categorized by their display sizes:

  • 11 to 12 inches: The thinnest and lightest systems around have 11- to 12-inch screens and typically weigh 2.5 to 3.5 pounds or 1 kg to 1.5 kg

  • 13 to 14 inches: Provides the best balance of portability and usability, particularly if you get a laptop that weighs under 4 pounds or just under 2 kg

  • 15 inches: The most popular size, 15-inch laptops usually weigh 4.5 to 6.5 pounds or 2 kg to about 3 kg. Consider this size if you want a larger screen and you’re not planning to carry your notebook around often.

  • 17 to 18 inches: If your laptop stays on your desk all day every day, a 17- or 18-inch system could provide you with the kind of processing power you need to play high-end games or do workstation-level productivity.

3 ) RAM – Storage Drive – Display

  • RAM: Some laptops come with only 2GB of RAM, but ideally you want at least 4GB on even a budget system and 8GB if you can spend just a little more. For most users, 16GB or more is overkill.

  • Storage Drive (aka Hard Drive): Even more important than the speed of your CPU is the performance of your storage drive. If you can afford it and don’t need a ton of internal storage, get a laptop with a solid state drive (SSD) rather than a hard drive, because you’ll see at least three times the speed and a much faster laptop overall.Among SSDs, the newer PCIe x4 (aka NVME) units offer triple the speed of traditional SATA drives. Very cheap laptops use eMMC memory, which is technically solid-state but not faster than a mechanical hard drive.

  • Display: The more pixels you have, the more content you can fit on-screen, and the sharper it will look. Most budget and mainstream laptops have 1366 x 768 displays, but if you can afford it, we recommend paying extra for a panel that runs at 1920 x 1080, also known as full HD or 1080p. Some higher-end laptops have screens that are 2560 x 1600, 3200 x 1800 or even 3840 x 2160, which all look sharp but consume more power, lowering your battery life.

  1. Other things like graphics , pads, keyboard , etc there are just a matter of taste I believe , if you need any more info on this please comment and will find out for you !

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