You’re examining products in an electronics store’s Amazing Laptops section while making the most important choice of your life. Which should you purchase?
Should I Purchase a Budget Chromebook? Or perhaps I should open “Google Translate” and interpret the specifications affixed to my Windows laptop? Should I visit Apple Corner to see the “MacBook” instead?
I don’t want to put pressure on you, but if you make the wrong choice, you’ll have to use that laptop for the next three to five years.
But do not fret. To prevent that, read this article.
Choosing an operating system (OS)
Based on your prior experience, the other devices you own, and the requirements of your school or workplace, you probably already know which OS you want. Basically, there are three choices.
Still the most popular operating system for laptops is Microsoft Windows. This is a safe option if you need to use professional software as well as Microsoft programs like Word, Excel, and Outlook.
Windows 10 is the default operating system for almost all Windows laptops currently on the market, but Windows 11 can be upgraded for free. To make sure the laptop is eligible for the Windows 11 upgrade, you should check the manufacturer’s website before making a purchase. Windows laptops typically cost between $300 and $3,000.
Google’s Chrome OS:
Students are huge fans of “Chromebooks,” laptops that run Chrome OS. For those who primarily need to browse the web, it’s a fantastic option. Android apps can also be used. Additionally, prices are frequently among the lowest, typically falling under $650.
Based on the connectivity of AirPods, Apple’s MacBook Air and MacBook Pro should be taken into consideration if you are already a part of the Apple ecosystem and own an iPhone or iPad. MacOS is currently installed on every MacBook Pro.
Depending on a person’s preferences, there are many different types of laptops, including Ultrabooks, Tablet Laptops, Gaming Laptops, Business Laptops, etc.
However, it’s important to keep in mind the “Three P’s”: Power (Performance), Portability, and Price when thinking about laptops. Price increases as power and portability increase.
The following decisions will probably need to be made if you make your purchase directly from the manufacturer’s website.
Intel and Advanced Micro Devices are available for Windows laptops (AMD). For instance, a new 11th-generation Intel processor powers Samsung’s Galaxy Book Pro 360, providing better performance, longer battery life, and quicker boot times.
Processor options are also available for Chromebooks. The “Core” chips from Intel are suggested for improved performance. Intel chips should not be used in MacBooks. This is because Apple has made it clear that in the next year or two, it will only use its own chips.
8 gigabytes of RAM should be adequate for any task, whether it’s on a Windows laptop or a MacBook. However, 16GB or more might be beneficial for you if you run a lot of programs or have a lot of open web tabs.
Low-end devices like Chromebooks frequently come with 32 gigabytes of storage as standard. 64GB or 128GB is a good choice if you intend to download documents, videos, or photos. The industry standard for high-end Windows and MacBook models is 512 gigabytes. Before spending thousands of dollars to upgrade your storage, consider more affordable and portable SanDisk or Samsung external solid-state drives (SSDs) if you need more space.
A Few Recommended Amazing Laptops
Considering these factors, I evaluated a few laptops. Although I haven’t tested every laptop available, these are some of my top picks.
Windows: Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 4 is available for $999 on Windows. It has a comfortable keyboard and a responsive trackpad, and it is small and light. The Galaxy Book Pro 360 from Samsung, which costs $1,200, is another product I like. Unlike the Surface Laptop, this device has a “S Pen” and a 360-degree rotating display that allow it to function as a full-fledged tablet. There are 13-inch and 15-inch screen sizes for both laptops. Because of its portability, I’ve long preferred a 13-inch laptop, but many people probably prefer a larger screen.
Chromebooks: I like Chromebooks, especially the 13.3-inch Pixelbook Go from Google. Compared to other products I’ve used, the keyboard strikes are quieter. It is small, has a touchscreen, and a 1080p webcam. It costs $650, which is not cheap and makes it one of the priciest Chromebooks.
MacBook: The new MacBook Pro with the M1 chip has been my primary computer for the past two months. I’m still astonished by how quiet the fan is and how well the computer stays cool even with dozens of tabs open. Additionally, the MacBook Air with the M1 chip ($999 starting price) offers a long battery life, respectable performance for general computing tasks, and no fans.
Bonus Advice for Amazing Laptops Purchase
Normally, we advise purchasing laptops directly from the manufacturer’s website, but many shops now have excellent deals. For the best deals, we advise going to several different stores. Don’t forget to verify that the product specifications are identical when comparing.
For about $250, many dealers offer extended warranties. Compensation for accidents is also included. Although I don’t believe such guarantees are worthwhile, only you can determine how likely it is that you’ll accidentally spill coffee on your brand-new keyboard.
I would advise purchasing a USB-C conversion adapter, though. The majority of modern Amazing Laptops have a USB-C port. This means that in order to connect older cords and peripherals, you will need an adapter. At the checkout, Apple will attempt to sell it for $19. But you must not purchase it. Anker products cost the same but have three ports. There’s also a $30 model with five ports that I’d strongly suggest.