Top Ten Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a New Laptop


Are you buying a new laptop?

Make sure you do not make vivid mistakes for which you will regret.

We are all humans and we all make mistakes. Sometimes on conscious and sometimes on unconscious levels. Our decisions always get influenced by the society we live in. Sometimes, we buy the stuff that is beyond our necessities being overwhelmed with features and specs. Other times, we are looking for the best deals possible and get the laptop doesn’t fulfill our requirements.

Here are some mistakes that people commonly make. Make sure you read them through so that you will leave regrets behind.


1. Buying the cheapest available model

There are some great budget laptops under $300 available out there, but it does not mean that they suit for all of your needs. If you need your laptop to do advanced tasks and last for several years, budget laptops won’t work.

If you can afford to buy a good laptop without sacrificing anything, look for the laptops in $400-$800 range. They suit for most of us for our daily needs. Good gaming laptops start at $800 and can go beyond $4000.

But if you know that you can’t afford quality laptops choose based on the most important features you need. For example, for most of us, display performance doesn’t have to be superb in order to get on with our lives. Sure, we will lose a lot when watching movies but we can get away with an average display that works.

2. Buying the most expensive model

All of us are biased against the most expensive stuff. We think that if the product costs a lot then, it’s the best product on every level.

While it is true that the most expensive laptops will probably have all the bullet points checked in the checklist, but that does not mean that we are going to need all of that. You might simply be losing your money for paying for the stuff that you don’t need.

For example, ASUS VivoBook Pro Thin & Light Laptop costs about $1100 but it offers 1 TB of Hard drive and NVIDIA Gaming GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card. If you never watch the movies and play games this is too much for you. You can get the half size of the hard drive by cheaper price. The most expensive does not mean the best for you. 

3. Not paying attention to ports

Not long ago, laptops used to have at least 3 USB ports, HDMI port, card readers, headphones and LAN ports. But today, things are changing. Most laptops support 2 USB ports, a card reader, a headphone jack and one HDMI port for video input. If you don’t need to connect peripherals to your laptop, this won’t be an issue. But if you depend a lot on external storage or if you need to connect two more monitors to your laptop, you should consider ports carefully when buying.

4. Being obsessed with convertibles

It is a mistake to assume that convertibles may save you money and offer two in one product. The truth is, it is often either one. Either laptop is uncomfortable to use or the pad is too big/too small.

Convertibles like ASUS T100 offers a great portability and mobility of both pads and laptops, but its keyboard is too small. Also, you need to make some configurations before you could use this device as intended.  Moreover, if you are to spill a coffee to your tablet, you need to take into an account that will affect your laptop too. Therefore, for now, it is better to buy a tablet and a laptop separately. 

5. Opting for a higher screen resolution

Opting for a higher resolution beyond 1080p is a big mistake for non-gaming users. There are laptops which offer a 4K resolution (3820×2160), but that does not mean you should get it. Windows has difficulty displaying a pixel near or above 200 pixels per inch. Trying to place more in the same spot reduces the size of everything and provides the negative experience.

Besides, more screen resolution also means less battery life. If you choose a laptop that provides the sharpest image and the highest refreshment rate, beware that you will be struggling with battery outage issues. On the other hand, choose the laptop screen that will be good for your eyes. Do not buy laptops with the low-quality display.

6. Not paying any attention to the laptop size

The importance of size can’t be underestimated. If you buy it the too small laptop you will feel cramped. If you buy too big, you have a trouble of carrying it around. You should try typing and view in different size of laptops

The bigger display includes more comfort and a better viewing angle. It also gives a good typing experience. If you are a designer and work with image editing, bigger screen size benefits you in multiple ways. However, if you are a student and need to carry the laptop with you, you should opt for smaller screen sizes and more portable designs.

On the other hand, if you choose the 14-inch screen resolution, it might be uncomfortable to type and you might develop problems with your posture. Such laptops might be small, but they may be heavy enough to carry.

Most of the time, 15.6″ screens suits both sides. You should take into an account laptop’s weight too.

7. Becoming obsessed with one specification

It is a fun exercise to compare laptop specifications with one another and to view how each one performs on specific tests. However, it is also easy to be too focused on one specification and try to maximize that.

If you focus on processor performance too much, you will miss many other aspects of the laptop such as RAM, screen performance, HDD, all in one way or another affect the performance. Focusing too hard on RAM also doesn’t give you much, as RAM storage alone won’t affect anything.

Try to combine and group various specifications together. You can evaluate the performance of the laptop by whole instead of evaluating each component that makes up that performance. Instead of evaluating the screen resolution and display, you can group them into just display part. There you will compare resolution, frame speed, and RPM.

8. Assuming all components can be upgraded easily

A lot of laptops can be theoretically upgraded, but there is a lot of complexity built into them.  As the hardware specifications are changing fast, you may face a lot of compatibility issues. Your new bigger size RAM may not be compatible with your laptop’s motherboard. Even if that is compatible, you may realize that the motherboard does not give the maximum RAM speed it deserves.

The same with hard drives and processors. Sometimes, most laptops do not have any additional slots for an additional hardware. Therefore, the only option would be to change that hardware without adding more to it.

Do not assume that you can upgrade any detail at any time. It is not that simple.

9. Not knowing what you get with each OS

You should decide what you want to do with your new computer and make sure that you find a laptop that supports it. While it sounds simple, there are a lot of key things to consider. Chromebook OS is intended for people who visit the internet regularly. The software that works well in Windows may not be compatible with Chrome OS.

10.  Not trying enough before buying

You bought a laptop, congratulations! I hope you like it! However, make an advantage of the period where you can return without a hassle. Test laptop thoroughly. Make sure you bought exactly what you need. If you do not want to order online, there are Best Buy, Apple and Microsoft stores where you can try any laptop you like before buying it.

It is important to test a laptop because you may overlook some features such as responsiveness of touchscreen or the keyboard typing speed. While these details seem subtle, they may add up and make you disappointed in your purchase.

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