How to Choose the Right Laptop for the Job

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Choosing the right laptop can be a tricky process when it’s someone’s first rodeo. There are different ways to go about buying a laptop because of the competitive prices among reputable online vendors, as well as local electronic stores where a customer gets the benefit of speaking with a sales representative in person. But one of the most important aspects of buying a new car are the specifications, or “specs” that the laptop features.

The same thing holds true for all technology, really, but the specs are just as important when it comes to choosing a laptop. For those who aren’t familiar with the hardware involved in computers, the specs is going to involve several things. There is the processing speed, measured in GHz. The memory, measured in GB, and the amount of space in the hard disk drive (HDD), measured in GB or TB.

What to Know in Searching for the Right Laptop

Memory: The Difference in RAM and HDD

One thing that can potentially be confusing for those who are new to the computer industry is the difference between RAM and HDD, as each are measured in bytes. Until recently the amount of each was measured in some amount of GB (gigabytes) but now with better technology the HDD of laptops is often capable of memory in the range of TB (terabytes). The benefit of having a large hard drive is the ability to store large amounts of data, whether it’s for gaming, movie, or other storage needs.

Processing Speed

This is an important category for whatever someone would need the laptop for. But for those who intend to use their laptop for PC gaming or for other entertainment purposes, the processing speed is one of the most important categories to look into. The processor will vary depending on whether it’s manufactured by AMD or Intel, but both manufacturers produce quality processors. Unless someone is needing a powerful gaming processor to be built into their laptop, or they are needing their laptop to perform complicated engineering functions, the standard processors built into today’s midrange laptops is plenty, even with room for growth.

Screen Size

Laptops come with a variety of different screen sizes. There are laptops 14” and under, which are smaller, lighter and may be easier at times for travelling. Laptops in the mid-range of screen size are anywhere between 14” and 17”, and there are many different quality laptops available at this size range. 17.3” laptops are among the biggest available. Although these larger models will be a bit heavier, they are more ideal for those that plan to use the laptop for gaming or entertainment purposes, but could even bode well for those whose primary use of the laptop is for business-related activities.

Battery Life

Another very important factor when considering which laptop to choose is the amount of battery life the laptop is capable of sustaining. Those who are able to keep their laptop plugged into the charger whenever necessary can sustain high levels of screen brightness and CPU-output without worrying about draining the battery, but those who are needing to travel and use their laptop on the go are needing more and more battery power from their laptops.


These mini-laptops that are running Google’s Chrome OS are a great for those who are looking for a lighter, compact option but don’t want to turn to a tablet for their mobile computer needs. An advantage of Google’s laptop is that the Chromebook is designed to operate while connected to the internet. Not everyone needs the horsepower of more powerful laptops, and these lighter machines are great for those who spend the majority of their time in web browsers and doing business-related activity.

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