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Laptop Buying Guide in the Philippines 2021

Laptop Buying Guide in the PhilippinesNowadays laptops have steadily won our attention in our daily routine – at work, we work with it, in the evening it amuses us. Dozens of characteristics, dozens of models, dozens of manufacturers. At the same time, technology does not standstill.

How to choose the best laptop and how to understand that you are not fooled by an outdated model? In this article, we will look at all the most important characteristics for choosing a good portable laptop.

There will be no specific models and manufacturers’ recommendations here. Based on the characteristics, you will be able to choose the most suitable one.

How do I choose a laptop?

How do I choose a laptop?This is the first and most important consideration that should be considered when choosing a laptop. On the internet, you can meet the division into “office”, “home”, “games”, etc. It should be understood that all these breakdowns are conditional.

What office? In the office, duties can only be working with Mail, Microsoft Office, and searching for information on the internet, but can also work with complex graphic programs that require serious “irons”. The same applies to “home” laptops.

At home, you can just watch movies, but you can play stylish, fashionable games — the characteristics of the necessary technology will be very different. Therefore, once again we invite you to pay attention to the characteristics, and not to those that the meaning of use for a laptop is invented by store sellers.

 The principle “the more expensive, the better” is also valid, but is it worth buying a Ferrari for trips to a summer cottage?

Choose the right size

Choose the right sizeThis is the first and most important consideration that should be considered when choosing a laptop. On the internet, you can meet the division into “office”, “home”, “games”, etc. It should be understood that all these breakdowns are conditional.

In the office, duties can only be working with Mail, Microsoft Office, and searching for information on the internet, but can also work with complex graphic programs that require serious “irons”. The same applies to “home” laptops.

 At home, you can just watch movies, but you can play stylish, fashionable games — the characteristics of the necessary technology will be very different. Therefore, once again we invite you to pay attention to the characteristics, and not to those that the meaning of use for a laptop is invented by store sellers.

 The principle “the more expensive, the better” is also valid, but is it worth buying a Ferrari for trips to a summer cottage?

Pay attention to:

Dimensions

If you often take the laptop with you on trips, then you can choose the most compact option — 13-14″. Universal, ideal for everyday use, the screen size is 15.6″. If you work with graphic things, photos, videos, then you can choose a model with 17” or more. But in this case, it is also worth buying an additional monitor.

Processor

One of the most important characteristics on which the overall performance of the laptop will depend. There may be Intel and AMD processors. True, almost all modern laptops have built-in Intel processors. Intel processors are:

  • Atom — the weakest processor, used only for systems with low performance;
  • Celeron-higher performance than Atom, but weak enough;
  • Pentium-suitable for good office laptops (only for simple programs);
  • i3-suitable for universal laptops fits most tasks;
  • i5-processor with high performance, among other things, suitable for powerful programs and games;
  • i9-currently the most powerful processor.
  • The processor is designated as follows: Intel Core i5—8250U (1.6-3.4 GHz). 
  • i5 processor of the eighth generation. Attention must also be paid to generations. 7xxx generation i3 will be weaker than the 8ххх generation i3.

Decide on the storage space – the processor/CPU and RAM you need

Operational memory

For what purpose is operational memory needed? More memory is available, the more bookmarks you can use in the browser, without fear of “hanging” the computer. Also, operational memory (RAM) is very important for games and video Assembly. The minimum volume-4 GB, for daily use it should be enough, but it’s better to buy 8 GB. For models for games-16 GB and more. Memory with DDR4 standard should be selected-this is the current generation. Also important is the frequency at which the operating memory is running, and the bandwidth of the module, for example, DDR4-1600L or DDR4-3200AA. 

Decide on the storage space - the processor/CPU and RAM you need

Video card

The video card can be built-in or discrete (this is an additional card, that is, your laptop will have two video cards). If you do not work with expensive graphics programs and do not play games of the latest generation, then there is no need to overpay for a discrete card.

If the description indicates AMD or Nvidia — these are discrete video cards, Intel — built-in. The built-in graphics card can also come with AMD processors. For example, AMD Radeon 520, 2 GB, or Intel HD Graphics 620. For modern games and powerful programs, video cards Nvidia from GTX 1060 and above will suit.

Do I need an external / non-built video card?

Unless you plan to play serious and demanding video games, you can consider using built-in video cards. The latest versions of Intel’s video cards are powerful enough to play an older computer game with them, or even newer at low settings

HDD or SSD drive

SSD is a more modern and faster drive. The difference you will feel immediately— the computer works faster, Windows loads instantly, programs open in a matter of seconds. There are also combined variants when the laptop has both an SSD-drive, designed for fast operation of the system, and an HDD-drive for storing large amounts of data. After buying, the hard drive can be replaced, but it is recommended to do this in the service center, so as not to lose the warranty.

Display

There are only two types of matrices. TN + Film equips the cheapest models of laptops, has a smaller viewing angle, and is not as saturated an image as an IPS matrix. But if you are not engaged in a photo and video editing at a professional level, then it is not worth overpaying for IPS. For everyday life (editing documents, viewing films, and amateur photos) TN+Film is quite enough.

Also, the display can be either glossy or matte. Glossy gives a more saturated and vivid image. With this, the advantages of such a display also end. A glossy screen will create glare, various objects will shine in it. All this quickly tires the eyes. Think, Do you need it?

Besides, an additional stationary monitor with an AMVA+ display can be connected to the laptop. In this case, the eyes will get tired even less.

Ports

If you plan to connect a monitor to the laptop, then it must have an HDMI or VGA port. If you plan to connect to the internet using a cable instead of WiFi, then a LAN port will be required (many laptops do not have such anymore because of space-saving, so pay attention to this). Some models can add SSD-drive or expand the RAM. All known USB ports are replaced by new ones-USB C, which can be used to connect all modern devices, including the monitor, sometimes there is an opportunity to charge other devices using this port.

What additional ports and extras do I need?

The minimum should be at least a couple of USB ports. Most newer laptops include at least 2 USB 3.0 version ports that are faster than USB 2.0, of course, using them with devices that support USB 3.0. SD card slot for easy file transfer, HDMI video output.

Know the industry standard and choose a laptop you find beautiful

For simple work in the office and at home, you will have enough 4GB of RAM, a Pentium processor (a little better will be i3), a built-in video card, an HDD hard drive (better both SSD).

Powerful laptop for games and graphics programs (Photoshop, CorelDRAW, 3dMax, etc.): RAM 8-16 GB and more, processor Intel i5 or i7, discrete video card 3-4-6 GB, IPS display.

Important! Often the laptop breaks due to overheating. You could conclude-the more expensive the model, the more powerful the processor and video card, the more the device will heat up. Therefore, expensive and powerful laptops break more often. But no, that’s not true at all! Modern gaming laptops are equipped with an improved cooling system.

It is also necessary to pay attention to the material from which the laptop is made, and the existence of the operating system, which would allow you to immediately start working with the purchased device. In addition to the above, we recommend that you also pay attention to the keyboard lighting (there is or is not), the sound quality on more expensive laptops, and – this is important – the battery life.

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