How To Choose Your Best Laptop
Future Shop has a large selection of all the best laptops you can buy today, including Ultrabooks, MacBooks, convertible laptops, gaming laptops, Chromebooks, and refurbished laptops. For tips and tricks on how to find your dream laptop, see below and check out our Laptops Buying Guide. You can also look at our helpful laptop reviews.
1. Consider the screen size
Bigger isn’t always better. The screen size of your laptop will influence your viewing experience and determine how easy it is to carry around. If you watch lots of movies, play games, or need the desktop real estate, a 15” or 17” laptop will better suit your needs, but it won’t be as portable as an 11” or 13” model.
2. Intel vs. AMD: Know your processor
There are two big names in the processor world: Intel and AMD. Both offer a range of processors to suit any budget from basic options to extreme high-performers. AMD is a more cost-conscious choice because it is most competitive at the lower price range, while Intel excels at ultra-high end performance. When you’re choosing a processor, you shouldn’t decide based on the brand. Instead, see what kind of specs you can get within your budget, including the number of cores, clock speeds, and amount of on-board memory.
3. More RAM means more powerful performance
Measured in gigabytes, your laptop’s RAM (also known as memory) is what helps it multitask through all your demanding applications. The more RAM your computer has, the more it will be able to take on different tasks at the same time. Everyday use will require less power than intense gaming or photo editing, and you don’t want to pay for RAM that you won’t use. We recommend at least 2GB of RAM for basic tasks, while lightning-fast multitasking and more intensive applications require 8GB of RAM or more.
4. Balance storage capacity and performance
Measured in gigabytes (GB) or terabytes (TB), a laptop’s hard drive is an internal disk that stores your data. The larger the drive, the more data you can store. If you work with multimedia files like music, video and images, you will need more space, and you can easily add additional storage with an external drive.
There are two types of hard drives: hard disk drives (HDD) and solid state drives (SSD). HDD is the most common type that uses stacked spinning magnetic disks to record your data. An SSD provides less internal storage space per dollar than an HDD, but it’s lighter, faster, and more reliable. Ultrabooks and other slim, speedy laptops use solid state drives to eliminate bulk and ensure fast performance, but you do sacrifice some multimedia storage space.