Buying a new laptop can be an overwhelming experience. There are a lot of technical features and specifications that can make the process difficult. Today, what we’re going to do for you is make it a little bit easier. Let’s start with what we have categorised as the three main types of computing devices. The first one we’ll cover is your standard laptop. This is probably the most common style that you’ll come across – it’s hinged to open up like a book and allows you to take your work on the go. This is perfect for a wide variety of uses and a great option to take to school, university or use in your home workspace or small business.

The next laptop type is the convertible laptop which allows you greater versatility, as the hinge will bend the whole way around, the screen will be a touchscreen, and sometimes detach from the keyboard all together to just use it like a tablet.

Tablet vs Laptop

Speaking of tablets, if you’re planning on simply browsing the web, streaming movies or TV, playing basic games or using similar apps that you use on your phone, then a tablet is a great option rather than a laptop. What you should consider next is the processor. To put it simply, the processor is like the brain of the computer – it does all the thinking, and the better the processor the more it can think about at once. Intel Processors start with models such as Atom, Celeron and Pentium, which won’t use too much power and are perfect for every day tasks such as viewing videos and photos, browsing the web or sending emails.

Next in the Intel range is the Core i3, which allows you to switch between a variety of applications, then the Core i5 which offers a responsive experience with plenty of power, immersive graphics and clear media without lag. At the top end of the scale for Intel is the Core i7 processor, which is designed for enhanced productivity, demanding applications and full on gaming. AMD processors follow a similar pattern, with the E1 and E2 being entry level models perfect for general use like browsing the web and checking emails moving up through A4 and A6 which are great for watching HD content, the A9 for multitasking simple apps and casual gaming and finally the A10 and A12 for multitasking advanced apps and editing HD videos.

To quickly describe RAM – the more you have, the more information that your computer can juggle at the same time. The more RAM you have, the more that you can do at once, such as better multitasking performance and running more complex programs such as video editing software and gaming applications. If you choose a laptop with less RAM, it will allow you to operate the basic applications at one time, or perhaps multiple tabs on a browser.

Solid-state drives (or SSDs) and hard disk drives (or HDDs) are the two main storage solutions available for laptops. Each have their benefits, but there’ll probably be one that’s more suited to your needs. HDDs will generally provide you with more storage space than an SSD, so it’s a great option for anyone who needs to save a lot of photos, videos or other files. SSDs are however, faster, and use less power, so you’ll be able to compute faster and use less battery life. Some devices come with both – but if you prefer faster computing you can opt for an SSD and pick up an external hard drive from Officeworks to back up or store files.

The final thing we recommend looking out for when buying a new laptop is the screen resolution. This one’s a simple one – the higher the resolution number, the more you will be able to see on the screen at once. If you use your device to mainly stream television or movies, or edit photos or videos, we recommend picking one with a high resolution. The same goes for anyone who will be using their laptop for work, as a screen with a high resolution will allow you to view more cells in Microsoft Excel than one with a low resolution. We understand that buying the right laptop is a big decision. If you are still unsure, we have three great resources for you. The first is a buying guide on our website. The second is easy to compare ticketing in our stores.

If you need a portable laptop, the best alternative is to purchase a tablet.

A tablet is much more user friendly when comes to every day use.

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