Choosing a right laptop for work or office use is not easy task when you have many brands, configurations, and models available in market today. I often get such questions on my blogs about choosing a laptop for gaming, programming or watching a movie.
1. Decide why do you need a laptop
Yes, this should be your first question which you must ask yourself about why are you buying a laptop. Are you going to use this laptop only for office purpose or you will also use your laptop for entertainment or playing game etc. If you are going to use your laptop mainly for your work and your work involves only internet browsing, editing some documents or making some presentations then you don’t need to spend money on expensive laptops.
Once you have decided that you are going to use your laptop mainly for business purpose, then you can take next steps.
2. How much are you willing to spend on laptop?
If you ask any laptop dealer for laptop price, they will ask you about your budget. How much is your budget for laptop. Laptops price in India ranges form Rs.20,000.00 to more than 1 Lakh also depending on configuration, brand and usage. If you are looking for a budget laptop for your office use, you don’t need to spend more than Rs.35,0000.00
Don’t spend too much on high configuration if you are not going to use your laptop for heavy work.
If you have not yet decided about your budget, you can move to the next step which is selecting a processor.
3. Select processor and CPU speed, RAM and Hard Drive
If you are looking for a laptop for business use which you will use for basic document editing and some internet use and sending email, then a go with core i3 or dual core processor. If you are going to use your laptop for presentation and some graphics use and you have enough budget then choose laptop with i5 processor and minimum 4GB RAM.
You can buy Core i3 laptop in India under Rs. 30,000.00 with 4GB and 14″ or 15″ display. Laptop with Core i5 processor may cost you more than Rs.35,000.00 in India.
When it comes to memory, you must buy laptop with 4GB or more RAM. More memory is good if you work on more applications at the same time, more memory will increase your laptop speed also. You can buy laptop with 4GB and then upgrade your laptop to 8GB. (Make sure your laptop supports 8GB. Ask your vendor before you decide if you are not sure)
When it comes to hard drive for laptop, I would recommend to buy laptop with minimum 1TB of hard drive. There is very small difference in 500GB and 1TB drive prices. More Hard drive space will allow you to store more data.