Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Making the Right Laptop Buy

I watched as a small-sized freshman struggled to handle his brand new notebook. It was an intriguing sight as he couldn’t seem to handle the weight of his electronic device. Then it hit me that many of us disregard the most rudimentary of concerns when it comes to choosing a laptop.

It helps to make an informed choice when buying a laptop, and here are some points every student should consider before purchasing that notebook:


“It was small, it was cheap… It was exactly what I needed,” replies student Rebecca Nicole Lew when I asked her about her choice of notebook. As you will be moving around the campus a lot, it is not very practical to be lugging a 3kg laptop. If you do not need a high-powered laptop, stick with something easier to handle. Depending on your chosen course, you will probably need to create and design presentations, use photo and video editing software, or do programming. In any of these cases, do keep what you really need in mind before choosing your laptop.

There are some of us who are incredibly concerned about the longevity of our portable electronic gadgets. “My main concern was battery power and storage space,” said my friend Esther.  A notebook with reasonable battery life is expected to last four hours under normal conditions whilst unplugged. You need to be able to work on your laptop for at least a couple of hours without it constantly ‘dying’. If you are perusing through electronics stores or an IT fair, try to remember to inquire about a laptop’s battery life. Trust me, many people (myself included), are usually dazzled by a laptop’s multitude of other features and could well overlook this important factor.

Storage Space

Storage space should also be a major consideration. Inevitably, you will consume storage space for various reasons, be it for work files or your movies and music. Hence, storage space is an important factor when making that choice. The greater the storage space in your chosen model, the more files and data you will be able to store, so you may not even need an external storage device.

The Main Influence
Finally, there are people whose choice of notebooks depends on the features and specifications they desire, such as a good sound system to accompany you while you study. Sure, features are important, and they often determine whether or not we make our purchase eventually. However, we should not let them overshadow the more fundamental attributes of a laptop. For example, a laptop may have great sound and awesome hardware but it drains the battery as fast as you can say “I Love My Laptop”. Or another one may have a large screen but it weighs a ton. Great attributes take a toll on a laptop’s other essential properties. For example, powerful hardware and larger screens add weight and reduce portability. So keep the cons in mind.

The Right Buy 

A laptop is meant to be portable, long-lasting, and able to store a substantial amount of data. Consider these aspects first then trim your choices based on what you really need. Now THAT is how you can make the right buy.

Written by Shawn D, Year 1, Diploma in Accounting and Finance


Shawn composes various sorts of literature, from short stories to this article that you have just read. His spare time is spent on whatever novel he gets his hands on, gymming, listening to symphonic rock, playing video games, and of course, writing. He aspires to be a best-selling novelist and a successful accountant one day.

1 comment:

  1. I was in the same situation last semester. I thought buying a laptop was a "in and out" thing but I was totally wrong. There are so many types, colors and sizes.

    Portability and storage size like you mentioned is definitely something people should consider. It'll be a headache if you have to lug a heavy laptop around class while having a small storage space that can only hold a few notes.

    You can also try this site - Laptop Finder. It helps narrow down your laptop choices without knowing all the jargon.

    Thanks NYP