Features to Consider Before Buying
1. Size and weight
If portability is what you want, aim for a laptop that’s between 12” to 14” in size. A larger laptop - between 15” to 17” - would be heavier and may not be comfortable to bring around with you.
While heavier may not be an ideal quality, many of the more powerful gaming PCs are on the heavier side. On the bright side, you’ll get a laptop with amazing graphics and better cooling system.
An Intel® Core™ i5 processor will work great for most users, while an i7 processor, used in most high-end and gaming laptops, gives more power and is best for people using high-demand applications or graphic-heavy games.
AMD Ryzen™ Mobile CPUs are on par with the Intel® Core™ i5 and i7 processors, while an AMD A Series processor is a lower-cost chip that can handle basic daily task like web surfing, Microsoft Office applications, and casual gaming.
You will need a minimum of 4GB of RAM to run basic programs on your computer. For most people, 4GB means that your computer will slow down dramatically if you have too many tabs or programs open at once.
That’s why 8GB is the sweet spot for most users. With this amount of RAM, you’re able to browse and download with minimal slowdowns. We recommend looking for a 16GB RAM laptop if you’re a gamer or a power user.