Having purchased a laptop myself in this price segment just four days ago, I believe, I can help my Quora audience take a good buying decision.
Every day, every brand is making news in the industry for revolutionizing the computer industry by launching its newest iteration of laptops. Now, the situation is such, that every brand has at least 5–6 laptops in every price bracket.
With so many brands and so many products, it’s one hell of a task to decide which will be the perfect laptop for you.
So, we’ll make a checklist of the things that you should look out for when buying a laptop:-
- The tasks you want to get done on your laptop.
- Your preferred size of the laptop.
- Whether you are looking for a Windows PC or a MacBook.
- Your portability and battery backup requirements.
- Your budget.
Since you are looking to buy a laptop under $600, the hardware specifications that would most likely be available in the majority of the laptops are:-
Processor: Intel Core i5
RAM: 8 GB SDRAM
Hard Drive: 1 TB HDD 5400 rpm
Graphics Processor: Intel HD Graphics 4400 with the shared graphics memory
Operating system: Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
Having said that, I’d like to tell you something very honestly. I myself was unaware of what to look for when buying a laptop and what are the unnecessary features that I can save my money from.
I read a post that explained each and everything to me. The things I read in the post that made me take a buying decision were:-
- The two types of RAM that are available in the market that make a huge difference in performance.
- Whether you should go with a dedicated GPU or an integrated one, depending upon your requirement.
- Whether one should purchase a MacBook or a Windows laptop, depending upon use.
I believe you should check it as well. It might help you in making a buying decision, just like it did for me.
Now, this is one of those topics that has stirred the minds of the most informed technology/gadget lovers. The more you dig options available at any price point, the more confusion steps in.
Thus, today I’ll try my very best to answer this query with an unbiased mindset in order to solve your confusion.
We’ll Begin with this Windows PC first. After discussing what you need to look for and what you need to avoid while buying a Windows laptop, we’ll discuss whether you need to purchase a Mac instead, depending upon your needs, wherein we’ll talk about exactly what Mac does better than Windows and what are the areas where Windows shines more.
Thus, let us start with the basics, without further ado.
Your desire – That is the one most important factor which you want to concentrate to.
Would you need a notebook for video editing or for program development or for internet designing like that I do or for any other purposes?
Do you want a notebook that’s portable and light in weight and easy to carry or you’ve got a desk job and are in need of a larger screen property and aren’t much concerned about portability?
Having decided on the requirement front, let us take a look at what fundamental hardware you should aim for that gives you an unmatched functionality.
The Hardware- Here is the building block of your laptop and you surely would want solid hardware which could interact with the applications to provide you with a fantastic performance.
For a potent performance, I would suggest you put money into a laptop that provides you all of these hardware elements listed under, if you want to future-proof your laptop for 5–6 decades. Pick AMD if you’re more into gambling as AMD offers a better gambling experience than Intel counterparts.
8 GB RAM, rather using two slots so it is simpler for you to update if the need arises in the future. Also, make sure it is the DDR4 one. This is among the most overlooked hardware element when comparing the specifications of two laptops. Cache functions a very VERY important function in shaping the functioning of the notebook computer. Cache helps to keeps tabs in memory, it keeps your apps running in the background so that you don’t need to refresh them every time you visit them after a time.
A higher clocked RAM. Here is something that most will not care for when buying a new notebook, in fact, most won’t actually know there are two different types of RAM available for most laptops available on the market. To begin with, a lower frequency and the other one with greater frequency and thus higher functionality.
By way of example, take both of these RAMs under consideration, RAM Type 1 and RAM Sort two. You’ll find out the difference in their clocking frequency. This frequency gap is all it requires to either make or break the performance of your laptop. Always go with the higher ones.
A dedicated graphics card. Preferably NVIDIA GeForce 940MX or over in the event that you are keen on doing graphics-intensive tasks like photo and video editing. HDD can also be not any bad, but if you want absolute performance, SSD will provide you with an unparalleled experience.
At least a 4 cell battery. The greater the number of cells, the better is that the battery performance and also lesser is the wattage consumption.
Solidly built chassis. That is the most overlooked attribute and hence also the place where many manufacturers cut prices. These brands are somewhat more focused on customer satisfaction than on fulfilling their pockets.
Now let us discuss the things that you should avoid spending your cash on:
Pre-built MS Office- This software costs you about 6–7 million rupees which unnecessarily increases the expense of the notebook. It is simple to get this software from third-party vendors from a really affordable price (I hope you understand, exactly what I mean:p). It is easy to download free AVG or Avira anti-virus should you require it. For day-to-day jobs, Windows Defender does the job pretty well and keeps the machine less loaded, given the definitions are regularly updated.
Now, the obvious question in your head would be, how do I have such a deep insight into these things. Well, to answer your question, I would say that I have always been a technology fanatic and also am currently working as a web developer which requires you to have a highly capable notebook and this is my job experience from the technician. Industry along with the extensive research I have done over the past several months for purchasing a laptop for myself that I’m writing here.
Having said that, I’d like to provide you with the best options you’ll have at different price points that can be found in the market at the moment.