Picking the ideal laptop: An Essentials guide

When purchasing a desktop computer, you have the option of customizing everything from the mouse and keyboard to the case and even the internal components. Laptop users aren’t as fortunate. Because laptops are rarely upgradeable, you’ll want to pick one that comes with everything you need right out of the box. If you’re in the market for a new laptop, here’s what you should look for—and what you should avoid.


Looking at specs is only the beginning. Whether you want a basic budget PC, a productivity workhorse, or a gaming screamer, our in-depth guide provides the knowledge you need to pick the perfect laptop.


First things first, a laptop is not a 2-in-1. These are laptops that may also be used as tablets. While the ability to do two tasks on one device is enticing, the perfect laptop is a laptop alone. Sorry guys, no 360-degree flips. 


A real laptop nearly always has a better balance on the lap, a longer battery life, a hinge, and a physical keyboard. 



There is no one element on a laptop that is more vital than the keyboard. It’s the component you’ll be touching the most, and it has the biggest impact on your comfort and productivity. To type at your best, you need tangible proof that your keystrokes have registered in order to avoid missing letters.


The ideal keyboard has strong tactile feedback and a clicky sound that is noticeable but pleasant. There is no such thing as too much spring; the faster the keys return to their original position, the faster you can type.


A webcam is a standard feature on every laptop. The ideal laptop, however, would have Intel’s RealSense camera. RealSense’s depth-sensing capabilities allow you to hide the backdrop or place a wallpaper behind you while you video call. It also allows you to utilize Windows 10’s Hello function for facial authentication, build 3D avatars of yourself, and play games using gestures.



The CPU of an ideal laptop should not cost an arm and a leg. A regular Intel Core i5 CPU should be more than suitable for most applications. A Core i7 CPU is mainly used as a gaming rig, for doing high-end computer animation or editing movies. A lower-level CPU, such as an Intel Core M or a Core i3, on the other hand, would be too sluggish. Upgrading to a Core i7 CPU has certain advantages, but it generally comes at a cost.




A laptop with a girth of 0.8 to 0.9 inches provides a better typing experience, more ports, and often longer battery life than one that’s too thin. The best word to describe it is “lightweight.”


The palm rest affects the typing experience just as much as the keyboard. The deck must have a fairly long surface to support the wrists. Hard plastic covers tend to be uncomfortable. You need to keep your wrists relaxed while typing.



The more life you can get out of your battery, the better, yet battery life is notoriously difficult to quantify. Read reviews and look at the manufacturer’s battery life estimates to see whether their promises match up with real-world experience. Some components, like the latest generation of CPUs and solid state storage, are also especially battery-friendly. You can put in some extra effort to extend the battery’s life, but the best approach to achieving a strong battery life is to get a laptop that already has it. You should also ensure that the battery is properly cared for in order to extend its life.


In conclusion, that is a lot to think about at once. Even seasoned buyers are likely to overlook one or two of the above concerns when purchasing a laptop because there’s so much to remember.


So, whether you’re a laptop guru or a complete technophobe, carry this list with you on your next laptop shopping trip to ensure you receive everything you want. You should be able to quickly select the ideal laptop for you. Do you have any further laptop purchasing advice? Please leave them in the comments.

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