6 Questions to Consider Before Buying A Laptop

open laptop to buyAre you trying to find the right laptop to buy this holiday season? Are you being bombarded with crazy cyber ads offering you the best affordable laptop on the market? With the holiday rapidly approaching, consumers are searching for laptop buying guides and the best places to buy a laptop. In case you’re not certain on where to start, consider some of the essentials that numerous consumers tend to use when looking for a PC to purchase. The number one factor that consumers tend to look at first, is cost, but is cheap always the best way to go or is it all in the name? Hopefully these tips will guide you to buying the best affordable laptop.

Question #1: What will I use the laptop for?

  • Entertainment or Personal– If you will be using your laptop for entertainment purposes such as; browsing social media, streaming movies, playing games or if you are a student who will travel back and forth to class with their device then a smaller, lighter weight laptop may be the way to go. The HP Stream Laptop PC 11-y010nr was designed with portability in mind which would be perfect for someone who is looking to travel with their device! The Microsoft Surface Book is another laptop that continues to stand out to consumers who are looking for a laptop with entertainment in mind. Its 13.5 inch screen rotates 180 degrees and can easily be attached to an integrated keyboard or used with the Surface Pen that is included for excessive note taking.
  • Graphic Design– If you are looking for a laptop that will hold all of your large design programs then you will want to look for a laptop with a lot of RAM. This is important for professionals who specialize in graphic design or hardcore gamers. As a graphic designer, you will want a larger screen size with a diagonal measurement of at least 15 inches or higher. The Apple MacBook Pro is one of the most highly rated laptops for a graphic designer. The new MacBook  has 16 GB of RAM which is what graphic designers need to run their elaborate programs. Although the MacBook is a bit pricey, you are obtaining longer lasting value with the Apple brand.
  • Business –  If you are hard working business man who will use the device in an office with little mobility of the device, then a Dell would be a good route for you. Dell offers many durable laptops that are secure and capable of lasting through a long work day. The Dell Precision 15 5000 series is a high quality device that is known for its fast performance and durability.

Question #2: How do I know which laptop specification is best for my use?

Once you have figured out which classification of laptop best fits your needs, it’s time to review the specifications. Specifications include the functions of the laptop such as: RAM,  options for the processor, display and graphics. You don’t want to spend too much money on things that you don’t really need, that is why it is important to understand the specifications when looking to buy a laptop. For instance, if you are a hardcore gamer, you are going to want to look at about 8GB of RAM with an Intel processor. Although, if you are a graphic designer, you are going to be looking for about a minimum of 16GB of RAM with a 15 inch monitor. This is why knowing what specifications you want can help you pick the best affordable laptop.

Question #3: How much should I expect to spend?

You should be asking how much is too much to spend on a laptop! Within the past five years, consumers have spent on average about $600 on their new devices. Considering overall value is important when making your decision, many say that you don’t get what you don’t pay for and that may ring true when purchasing a laptop. Expect to spend between $800-$1,000 for a good quality, long-lasting device which contains the best top-value. If you want a laptop to store some photos, browse the web and stream movies then you would most likely be looking to spend around $600. It is important to stay away from those $300 laptops at Best Buy. They are priced that low for a reason. They might last a few months but you will end up spending more money at a computer repair shop updating and fixing your cheap laptop. What you will spend when looking to buy a laptop again depends on how you will use your laptop.

Question #4: What’s the right laptop size for my use?

When asking yourself “what size laptop would be right for me”, there are many options to choose from:

  • 11-12 inch screen– This would be considered the more portable of devices. It is typically the thinner and lighter device;  intended for a student or an individual who frequently travels.
  • 13-14 inch screen– This would portray an equal balance between portability and usability.
  • 15 inch screen– This screen can come with a device that weighs up to 6.5 pounds. This size is for a more stable use of the device with less travel.
  • 17-18 inch screen– Is strictly for a device that is not mobile. It is for the business man or hardcore gamer who sits at their desk all day.

The size of your laptop will depend on how you use the device. The most popular screen is the 15 inch as it has a big enough monitor to do many things on but doesn’t limit mobility.

Question #5: Should I buy a laptop that is the same brand or type as my other gadgets (phone, tablet, smart watch, etc)?

Now you may be wondering, how do I know which brand of laptop to purchase? Again, it all depends on how you will use it.  For a college student, Apples, Macbook Air, ranges in the top picks of students for its small size and light weight which makes portability its key feature. It is important to buy brands that you trust. For instance, if you have previously purchased an Apple Watch and you are enjoying how it works and experiencing no problems with your device, then chances are you will tend to look at Apple Laptops first because you trust the brand. Buying a brand that you are comfortable with can reassure you of the quality of the device. If you’re purchasing from a source that isn’t too known, do your homework before giving over your money.

Question #6: Where should I go to find the best laptop for me?

Finding an affordable laptop with good quality can be tricky. Many online ads promise great deals but don’t deliver. If buying online, it is important to make your purchase from a well-known source that has ratings and statistics. Buying straight from the manufacturer itself can be quite pricey but Apple and Dell sell refurbished laptops at a lower cost than buying new. Other reputable retailers such as Best Buy, offer guarantees and warranty protections. If you are purchasing from an unreliable source such as Amazon or Craigslist it is important to be careful especially if they don’t offer a warranty on the device. If you choose to buy in-store, you will be able to see your device hands-on and get a feel for what you will be purchasing.

Laptops come in many different shapes, sizes and even colors to meet the needs of each individual. Finding the right device this holiday can come with challenges. Knowing the ins and outs of these devices can feel overwhelming and leave you dazed and confused. We hope our guide will help you in buying the best affordable laptop that fits your personal needs.

If you still have questions related to buying a laptop feel free to contact Will Power PCs and ask one our certified experienced technicians to help you. We pride ourselves in providing exemplary services for all types of desktop and laptop repairs.

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Patricia Yager
Patricia Yager
12:30 30 Jul 19
This is the place to do business with. Their service contract includes remote service, which is great, because the issues always arise during non-business hours. We just purchased a new laptop from them, and software was loaded remotely. Will is very knowledgeable and honest. We have been doing business with him for years.
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Cornelius Tavarres
12:26 10 Jun 19
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Jen Orapello
Jen Orapello
23:40 06 Jun 19
First of all, Will stayed late the night I was going crazy finding somewhere reliable to drop off my external hard drive (which all of a sudden was no longer functioning). I called up to see how late they were open and he offered to stay a little later (since I was still a bit of a drive away) so that I could drop it off. He took a look the very next day and when he knew he couldn’t replace the part I needed right there in the shop, he assured me that another company he partners with for work like this is also good at what they do. He was right. It took a bit of time because my drive did not cooperate at first, but I am so grateful that I was able to get back all of the important files and photos that I had not yet backed up (lesson learned!). Will always got back to me when I had questions and even reached out again after everything was completed to make sure that I received everything with no trouble. I am very pleased with, and appreciative of, the service I received with Will Power PCs. I definitely recommend them to anyone in need of computer services! Thanks again so much!
david brown
david brown
13:32 28 May 19
Will Pitt reached out to me being a business next door. Since, we have done a half dozen projects together & he is by far the most knowledgeable & price friendly person/company I have dealt with within his genre.
Mike DiCocco
Mike DiCocco
23:53 13 May 19
William was patient and quick to help find out what the issue was with my laptop. Very kind and knows his stuff. Would recommend this location if you are having pc issues and need someone to help diagnose and troubleshoot in a timely and professional manner.
Lois Smith
Lois Smith
21:01 25 Apr 19
had a GREAT experience with Will Power PC........very helpful, knowledgeable, and professional. Solved all my issues. Highly recommended.
Dwain Sonnier
Dwain Sonnier
01:59 10 Apr 19
Having just moved to the area and not knowing anyone to recommend a computer repair shop, I went to the web and am very pleased to have found Mr. Pitt. This being my 9th corporate move I must say so far this business experience has been the best for me. He is available 7 days a week and when not with another customer can sign on to your home computer and take care of your urgent needs. For the years of experience he brings to the table, his rates are very appropriate for the high quality work you receive. In fact I was so satisfied with my personal computer, I had him to do some work for the company I work for. I will say, I haven't tried any other computer service in the this area and I will also say I won't. If you have any computer issues, here is the place to take those issues as they are in good hands!
John Fleury
John Fleury
22:12 08 Apr 19
William set up all of our office networking equipment and security for our new location. He is extremely responsive and did an awesome job to make sure our network was operational on our targeted live date. He is highly recommended!
Tabatha Bennett
Tabatha Bennett
14:37 30 Mar 19
Fast, friendly and great pricing! Highly recommended supporting this local business! They deserve it, very happy with my experience.
Steve B
Steve B
19:07 25 Feb 19
Outstanding service!!! My older HP Pavilion p6 desktop computer would turn on but not boot up. Will thoroughly checked it out and made all the necessary repairs. I picked up my computer the same day and it works great!!! Will Power PCs is fast, efficient, thorough, and repairs are reasonably priced. Thanks again Will.
Glenn
Glenn
22:20 11 Jan 18
If you are having computer problems this is the place to go. Had repairs done quickly and at a reasonable price. Everyone was friendly and helpful and I picked up a couple good suggestions.
xScurvy
xScurvy
17:22 03 Jan 18
I had an issue with a brand new computer. Will opened his shop on New Years Day just so I could drop it off! A few hours later I received a phone call, the problem was solved! I didn’t expect to hear back for a few days. Will is fast and efficient.
Shayla Tucker
Shayla Tucker
21:02 02 Jan 18
Excellent customer service! Quickly ordered in the screen I needed to repair my laptop, and had my laptop repaired and returned back to me within an hour of my dropping it off. Thanks so very much!
stephanie roy
stephanie roy
13:44 30 Dec 17
Will most certainly will be my computer specialist from now on. He does fast and very efficient work. My computer is now running like new. His prices are also very reasonable. I have another computer I will be him fix. Needless to say I am a very happy customer.
Dale Hanson
Dale Hanson
22:01 12 Dec 17
William was really helpful towards solving the problems I had. I have a custom desktop and he was able to diagnose my problems and find a solution that didn't require any additional parts. It only took him about 20 minutes to solve the issue too! He was polite when I made silly IT mistakes and even helped me root cause with an additional issue for no extra charge. If I have more issues I will definitely return here.
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