What You Should Know About Buying A Laptop If You Are A Student
There are so many laptops in the market and being the student choosing the right one might be difficult. Since the requirements may vary depending on the usage
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The laptop has become an essential requirement for college students to complete their projects, presentations, or just sit back and enjoy movie evenings with friends. There are so many laptops in the market and being the student choosing the right one might be difficult. Since the requirements may vary depending on the usage so it's necessary to know why you need the computer. It will help you avoid the wastage of money. Here are five basic things that you should know about the laptop before purchasing it.
Consider the usage scenario
The very first thing you should consider without any doubt is the usage scenario. What exactly you'll be using the laptop for? If you need the laptop for taking notes in classrooms, surfing the internet, creating presentations and assignments, and watching videos, nothing extraordinary in hardware or port connectivity is required when it comes to performance. You may find many laptops that offer what you need, so you will have a much easier time finding anything appropriate if you are on a tight budget.
However, if your course demands running design and development software, you'll definitely want to get a laptop that meets the requirements. A dedicated GPU, high-performance processor, extra RAM and Independent Software Vendor certifications to make sure that the laptop is fully compatible with the software that you need.
Lenovo's ThinkPad P52 mobile workstation has all the advanced features. It has NVIDIA Quadro dedicated GPU and 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, enough RAM and ISV certifications. It has a 15.6-inch screen with a 4K display. The ThinkPad P52 has excellent battery life and is highly portable.
A right processor to uplift the performance
On eCommerce sites, you will find the laptop name followed by a bit of text "Core i3 4th Gen" that refers to the processor in the laptop. There are so many options for processors but I recommend to stick with Intel processor only whose names start with "Core I" followed by a number. If your work is basic like browsing and documentation, then a basic processor like i3 would be enough. It will save you few bucks too as i3 is less costly.
However, if your field of study demands the installation of heavy software, you definitely need a powerful processor. You should look for a 4th Gen processor. i5 can manage most of the heavy software comfortably. If you are into intensive gaming, i7 is an excellent option.
Graphics Card that fits the best
An integrated graphics card like Intel's Iris or HD series offers longer battery life, minimized heat generation in laptops. The graphics card like NVIDIA GeForce series has its own processor and RAM that efficiently handles the complex 3D graphics that impacts the laptop's battery life and price. But the question is, how much power do you really need for your tasks?
Some people may suggest that you may need a laptop having a standalone graphics card but that's just not true. If you have a limited budget, you can look for an integrated graphics card with a decent processor and enough RAM. If we slightly reduce the graphics settings, it can still support most of the games. But if you are a dedicated gamer and are planning to play videogames with advanced settings, you can go for the latest graphics card that best fits the game settings.
The descriptions will also indicate how much RAM the laptops have, usually, a number like 2 GB or 4 GB will display. This specification is very significant. Modern computers can perform several tasks at once. More RAM is what makes the performance smooth. Consider 4 GB as the basic minimum amount of RAM that you'll need, with programs being increasingly demanding.
6 GB or more RAM is ideal though. Note that adding more RAM to your laptop is actually the easiest and most affordable update you can have. You can give your laptop a new life with an additional 4 GB of RAM, even after you've purchased it.
Operating System to breathe life into the laptop
Specs are fantastic but to breathe life into your laptop you need an operating system. Which OS you should pick? Stick to the old Windows or immerse yourself in Linux world? If you're a student of engineering, you definitely have to get used to Linux. And the faster you will be able to get used to it, the better it will be. The Linux provides an upper-hand to those who know how to use it and is developers' bread and butter. There are many Linux-based distros (think versions).
If you are a gamer, designer, or video editor, it would be best to stick to Windows. The Windows OS has the largest third-party applications support. If you're excited to get a MacBook and wonder if OS X is for you, then be assured that it can handle anything very well except intense gaming. Most apps have a Mac version, and Windows-only apps can be run easily using a virtual machine such as VMware or Parallels, due to the growing market share.
OS X also comes with a lot of other stuff. It's developed around the FreeBSD kernel, so its specifications are close to Linux so that the developers have a nice platform. It can also handle powerful applications for designing and editing seamlessly while providing great optimization to give you an outstanding battery life that won't be easily matched.
There were some tips you should know, being a student, before picking any laptop. Consider buying the one that won’t obsolete soon.