Currently notebook is more than a simple work tool from students to consultants and executives. It is accessible to everyone, but there are many purchase options.
Care in choosing the best notebook is very important. Know what to worry about and understand the components that will be really useful for you.
Here are the tips for buying a good notebook:
Tip 1 – The Processor
First assess your real need. What will you use it for?
If you’re going to use it at a medium level, the kind that uses the internet and instant messaging, video, audio, and office or study programs, you don’t have to worry about a processor other than the notebooks you usually find at lower prices affordable, in the range of R $ 1600, we are talking about the Core i3 line.
However, if you like heavier games or use graphics software, you will have to spend more and think about Intel Core i5 or i7 models.
Tip 2 – The RAM (Working memory)
The minimum to run operating systems is 2 GB of RAM, however most notebooks already come with about 4 GB that are enough to run most programs.
In case of use for Games or heavier software it is better to consider 6 GB of RAM or more.
The main tip here is to prefer memory models with DDR4 standard (newer that is now arriving in Brazil that has a faster work rate. But DDR3 models are also a good option.
Tip 3 – Storage of data on the hard disk (HD)
In addition to the simple fact of the HD size and the bigger the better … also search for the disk rotation speed (RPM). The 5,400 RPM speed is the most common and saves the most energy. If you have the option to buy, prefer models with a speed of 7,200 RPM for better performance (and cost more).
More advanced options
SSD – is a storage unit more common in Ultrabooks and professional models. In some cases it is possible to change the original HD or replace it with the old disk driver (CD / DVD) using an adapter called a Caddy.
Hybrids – (HDs + SSDs) These are HDs that have SSD units on their logic board that perform the cache memory function, making it a little faster than the traditional HD.
HD SCSI – It is still possible to find another type of interface, called SCSI, which can come with speeds of 10,000 RPM and 15,000 RPM which are very rare and more expensive.
Tip 4 – Optical drives (disc players)
Having a drive for reading CDs and DVDs can be a good choice for music, videos and programs. However, the use of discs has been falling for a while and many devices no longer come with this feature. The reason is space, weight and price savings.
There are few variations on the models for reading and writing, most already accept functions such as CD-RW and DVD-RW that can use media that can be rewritten.
Options with Blu-Ray (which also reads the previous formats) did not catch and are very rare.
Tip 5 – Video Screen Types
Screen size depends on what you need:
Understand initially that the bigger the screen size, the less your mobility with it! If your intention is to constantly carry the notebook in bags or backpacks, it is good to go for children under 14 ″ inches.
The bigger the screen, the higher the power consumption and the faster the battery will run out.
Minimum screen resolution common in traditional models is HD which is 1024 x 768p – It is considered minimum for the standard internet user.
Full HD and 4K screens
Options that start to gain market tend to have higher prices. The tip is to analyze the Samsung line, which in the 2017 line now has many models with Full HD screen.
Tip 6 – A good video card
For most users, an integrated video card (to the processor) already does the “common user” type service (internet and studies).
However, if the goal is Games, only dedicated boards (also called offboard) will be good enough to offer good graphics, especially those that work with 3D, heavy games.
Enter that logic again, the better the card, the higher the price. It will be difficult to find a good gaming notebook with a video card that runs the best current games for less than R $ 2300 reais. Prepare your pocket to spend even more if GAMES are the focus.
Tip 7 – Extra ports and connections
Most notebooks come with the minimum necessary, see examples of what to find:
- 2 or 3 USB 2.0 ports
- New USB 3.1 ports (USB Type C) novelty
- VGA video connector (going out of line)
- HDMI connector (audio and video)
- Microphone connector
- Headphone connector (in some cases the microphone and headphones are a combo)
- RJ 45 – Local Area Network
- Wireless network (wifi)
- Expansion port (PCMCIA / PC Card) became rare.
Additional ports can help, but they can make the product more expensive, for example:
S-Video, DVI, digital video outputs, memory card readers, etc.
So evaluate what you are really going to use, if it is not necessary, only buy it if you are not paying more for it!
Tip 8 – Power and battery consumption
Pay attention to the description of battery consumption and capacity, as this detail varies greatly from model to model, and there are many factors that affect the good life.
Screen size, battery size, card and processor consumption, among others. The duration reported by the manufacturer can vary widely.