What To Consider When Choosing The Right Laptop
Before we hit the ground running and discuss our top picks of the best laptops, it’s best that we first talk about what to look for when buying a laptop. Rest assured, we took these tips into consideration and made use of them to come up with our list.
Weight & Battery Life
When in class all day, it is expected that you’ll be constantly on the move, and may not always have access to a power source. Because of that, you wouldn’t want a laptop that easily dies on you, begging for you to have it plugged on a socket several times a day. Moreover, it is best that you choose a laptop that is lightweight and easy to carry around.
The optimal weight for a laptop should be less than 4 lb. A heavy laptop can put a strain on your back and shoulders when you’re placing it inside your backpack. When buying a laptop you should evaluate battery life. A laptop with a minimum battery life of 6 hours should suffice for your day to day use. With this battery life, you should expect a full day of use – or maybe having it charged at most twice a day (which shouldn’t be an issue now).
With respect to display, you have to look at the laptop’s screen size and resolution. With how much technology has advanced, gone are the days of using a 720p display, as you don’t want to deal with washed out and pixelated images. Moreover, you wouldn’t want to constantly squint your eyes trying to figure out the text on a low-resolution display.
It is highly recommended to get a laptop with a minimum 1080p resolution. Of course, you can go way higher, but settling with a laptop that has a 1080p display can handle the tasks and imagery you will need.
When it comes to screen size, it is usually a personal preference. However, most students typically prefer a larger display – not only for making it easy to show during group projects or presentations, but also to use for entertainment like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. Plus, when going into Microsoft Excel for example, you can view more columns with a larger display and better resolution.
The keyboard is probably one of the most important features that you need to look for in a laptop. Being a business student, you are expected to do a lot of projects, type papers, and submit reports that may require you to type thousands of words or cells in Excel.
Because of this, you need to buy a laptop that is equipped with a keyboard that has good tactility and durability. Also, a numerical keypad is also a must to make computations fast and convenient (so you don’t have to buy an additional number pad).
CPU & RAM
The next feature you need to look into is the CPU and the RAM of the laptop. These two are the most overlooked features of laptops, especially for those who are not tech savvy.
In most cases, processing speed doesn’t need to be crazy fast for a business student, since most of the tasks are done on programs such as Excel or Word that may not be extremely taxing on the CPU. Therefore, modern processors with a tag of Intel i3 or Intel i5 would be more than enough to do the trick. Just veer away from dusty processors such as the Pentium or entry level Celeron processors as they are much more dated.
Aside from a fast processor, a laptop that has good multitasking management is always a plus when doing tasks for business courses. With this, you need to be equipped with a laptop that has RAM (random access memory). For business and accounting related programs, 4 GB would do the job. It’s also worth noting that RAM can usually be upgraded if you decide you need more in your laptop.
For business students, they usually do not have files that bog down the laptop’s storage. The sizes of their files are usually minimal, so any storage size is sufficient. Plus, with cloud storage and the increase in Google Drive, HDD space is not as critical as it once was.
However, a laptop equipped with an SSD (Solid State Drive) is much more convenient as it loads programs faster than regular drives. In addition, SSDs are faster when it comes to looking for lines of codes among huge databases and Excel files.
SSDs also provide laptops with faster boot speeds. After all, who wants to stare at an annoying boot up screen for 10 minutes?
Connectivity & Accessories
You also need to consider additional features such as connectivity and accessories. As a business student, you are expected to do a lot of presentations. With this, you need to look for laptops with reliable HDMI ports. Take note of their compatibility with the screens where you are expected to present. If they happen to be incompatible with each other, you may need an adapter – which is also not a major expense.