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Pick a platform: Windows 10 vs. Mac vs. Chrome OS?
Decide If You Want a 2-in-1
Choose the Right Size
Check that Keyboard and Touchpad
Pick Your Specs
Don’t Skimp on Battery Life.
Plan Based on Your Budget
Mind the Brand
These are the most important things to consider when choosing a new laptop. For a lot more detail, see the sections below.
12.5 to 14-inch screens offer the best balance between usability and portability. Larger screens are fine if you travel less, and smaller models are great for kids.
If spending over $600, shoot for these minimum specs: Core i5 or Ryzen 5 CPU 1920 x 1080 screen 8GB of RAM and SSD Storage instead of a hard drive.
9 hours of battery life is ideal if you plan to take your laptop anywhere at all.
Consider a 2-in-1 laptop (either a bend back or detachable) if you want to use your laptop as a tablet. If not, a standard clamshell notebook may be a better choice.
Chromebooks are smoother for kids and students and their functionality is expanding rapidly.
1. Pick a platform: Windows 10 vs. Mac vs. Chrome OS?
The most flexible operating system, Windows 10, runs on more laptop models than Chrome OS or macOS. Windows notebooks range in price from under $150 to several thousand dollars and offer a wide array of features:
Touch screens & fingerprint readers to dual graphics chips.
Tablet and desktop modes,
Start menu with Live Tiles
Cortana digital assistant.
Great for students, researchers, businesses and the only machines gamers should consider.
Cortana, search your email using natural language and use your stylus to scribble almost anywhere.
All MacBooks come with the latest desktop operating system, macOS Big Sur. Overall, the operating system offers similar functionality to Windows 10, but with a difference in the interface.
App dock at the bottom of the screen
Mac users get Siri (digital assistant).
Perform transactions with Apple Pay,
Take calls or texts from phones,
Unlock laptops with an Apple Watch.
None of the MacBook with touch screen
Safari browser and Siri.
Google OS is easy & secure but more limited than Windows or macOS.
The user interface looks like Windows with an application menu,
a desktop, and the ability to drag windows around,
main app you use is the Chrome browser.
Chromebooks are highly portable and tend to offer good battery life at low prices.
They are extremely popular with schools and parents because they are hard for kids to infect with malware and more functional than most tablets.
If you need a Chromebook, look for at least 4GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. A 1920 x 1080 resolution preferred 4K is better but very uncommon.
2. Decide If You Want a 2-in-1
3. Choose the Right Size
4. Check that Keyboard and Touchpad
5. Pick Your Specs
6. Don’t Skimp on Battery Life.
7. Plan Based on Your Budget
8. Mind the Brand