We see people get suckered into a “good deal” when buying themselves a new laptop far too often. It’s about time that stopped happening. In this post, we’ll be looking at the 4 BASIC STEPS to choosing a good home, business, or student laptop (for dummies).
First, we need to get our heads around the technical jargon. Unfortunately, this is where, for most, the mental block ends the journey to value-for-money. To overcome this, we need only tear down the wall by making the technical, not so technical anymore.
To begin, let’s paint a picture with no computer involved at all. You’re sitting at your desk, a file cabinet in the corner containing all your business records, and today’s work is sitting on the desk. Also, you have an assistant who is ready to get started with the project of the day.
While it may not seem like it, this picture of you in an office space is, in essence, what a laptop really is. A laptop is a virtual office space and you interact with it in much the same way as a normal, physical office space.
In the physical office space, you have a file cabinet in the corner; in the ‘laptop office space’, you have a hard drive.
“This laptop comes with a 1TB hard drive”
“You’ll get 8GB of RAM if you take this laptop.”
In the physical office space, you have an assistant; in the ‘laptop office space’ you have a processor (or CPU).
“You’ll love this i7 processor.”
Let’s put our office space analogy into steps to choosing a laptop:
HOW BIG IS THE FILE CABINET? (HARD DRIVE)
HOW BIG IS THE WORK SPACE? (RAM)
HOW EFFICIENT IS THE ASSISTANT? (CPU)
IS THIS OFFICE BUILDING GOING TO LAST? (BUILD QUALITY OF THE LAPTOP. HINGES AND PLASTIC QUALITY ETC.)
Now, you can choose a laptop according to what you need. If you don’t have many files and folders, you won’t need a big file cabinet (hard drive) so, don’t pay for one. If you need to get a lot of work done and done quickly, get a good assistant (CPU) and plenty of workspace (RAM).
So, in future, ask your sales-person to tell you which of two laptop options has a better CPU while understanding that you’re asking them which ‘laptop office space’ has a better assistant. Or, you could ask which of two laptop options has more RAM, understanding that you’re asking which of the two options has more work space. There are, of course, other technical factors that can affect the performance of a laptop but, if you’re unsure of where to start and all you’re doing is basic home, office, or student work, our 4 steps above will be a good aid in helping you choose a value-for-money laptop.