How to choose a GOOD laptop

Published on Nov 23, 2021 | by Lusine Hovhannisyan

While taking your first steps in the IT field you will probably face the case of choosing the right laptop with good parameters․

We have prepared a guideline to help you choose a good laptop.

Follow the steps:


The Processor

Here we are dealing with two main brands: Intel and AMD.

In the Core brand of Intel chips, after the name "Core" you will find a brand modifier, such as i3, i5, i7, or i9. The higher the modifier, the higher the CPU performance and capabilities.

When buying a laptop with an Intel processor, focus on models with i5 and  higher modifier.

As for laptops with Ryzen processors, which are not so many in the Armenian market compared to Intel, in this case, we recommend choosing models with AMD Ryzen 5 or a high index.

 

Processor model
Here we must pay attention to the generation of the processor, in case of intel processors, it is highly recommended to buy a laptop with at least 10th generation. In case of Ryzen, at least  5th generation.

Processor’s generation is identified by the first/first two digits of the four-digit / five-digit number mentioned in the processor model, such as AMD Ryzen 5 5600H (5600, therefore we have here 5th generation), or Intel Core i5 10210U (10210 in this case, we have 10th generation).

 

The core of a processor, which is an important point as well must be at least 4.

 

Then, one more indicator that is included in the processor model is the product line suffix, which is expressed in letters: G1, G7, H, U, Y etc.

What does each of them mean?

 

G - Includes discrete graphics on the package 

G1-G7 - Graphics level (processors with new integrated graphics technology only)

H - High performance

U - Power efficient

Y - Extremely low power

F - Requires discrete graphics

 

Considering all this, it is necessary to understand which type you need to then make a choice accordingly. Of course, it is recommended to buy a laptop with H type processor, but their price is quite high compared to others.

 

 

The Screen

Size:

13.3 inches (33.8 cm),

14 inches (35.6 cm)

15.6 inches (39.6 cm)

17.3 inches (43.9 cm)

 

Depending on what you usually do, the purpose for which you use the laptop, you can choose the size that suits you best. A 15.6-inch screen is generally considered to be the optimal size, but if you are a graphic designer, for example, it may be more effective to work with a larger screen. So, this is more a matter of preference.

 

Screen resolution

If you are a programmer or QA engineer for whom screen resolution is not a priority, then choose at least full HD (1920 x 1080).

 

Matrix display type:

TN- (low image quality, low viewing angle, poor color gamut) avoid buying computers with this matrix type

IPS - (high-quality image display, large viewing angle) we recommend choosing models with this type of matrix

VA - intermediate position between TN and IPS 

 

 

The Memory

RAM

The next important point to consider when buying a computer is, of course, the RAM, on which mostly depends the capacity of the laptop.

We recommend choosing models whose RAM will be not less than 8GB (preferably higher - 12GB, 16GB, etc). By the way, most of the models have the possibility of increasing the RAM that means you can buy a computer with 8GB of RAM, later doubling it to 16, thus paying less than costs any other model with the initial 16GB of RAM.

So when buying a laptop, pay attention to this fact as well.

 

While choosing between DDR3, LPDDR3, LPDDR4, DDR4 processors always choose DDR4 or if you want to save some money choose its energy-efficient version LPDDR4.

 

SSD/HDD hard disk
We recommend giving your privilege to laptops with SSDs (512GB or larger memory capacity), as in this case the capacity and efficiency of the computer are obviously higher.

HDDs, being relatively older information storage devices, are considered vulnerable and slow.

Note that SSD in turn has its types:

SATA, PCIe, M.2, U.2 each of which has its own characteristics and differs from the others by its price:)

For more details:
https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-buying-guide,5602.html

 

 

The Graphics

Integrated graphic card / Discrete graphics

Like in the case of processors, here as well we are dealing with two major brands: Nvidia's Geforce and  AMD's Radeon graphics discrete cards, for example:

Extremely low productivity

GeForce 920M, 920MX, 940M, 940MX:

Radeon R5 M330, R5 M430, 520, 530:

Low productivity

GeForce MX110, MX130, MX150, MX230, MX250, Raedon 540, 540X

Medium productivity

GeForce 1050, 1050Ti, Raedon RX 560X:

High productivity

GeForce 1650, 1060:

Extremely high productivity

GeForce 1070, 2060, 2070, 1660Ti, 1080, 2080:

 

 

The Ports
When choosing a computer, pay attention to the models that have at least 1 USB-C, at least 1 USB-A, HDMI, and microphone/headphone connection capability.



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