Goodbye summer, hello sales?
It is that time of year again. The sun is setting quicker, the sweatshirts have been dug out, and holiday sales are upon us. If you are needing a laptop or looking to upgrade deals are right around the corner. We are going to make it a bit easier for you this time to make sure you get what you need.
If you are looking to get something sleek, shiny (sometimes), and something that is well recognized, then Apple might be they way to go. Yes, I am a PC guy and my carry-all laptop is a Macbook Air. Don’t judge. Apple does put out a nice product. Phones, tablets, and laptops. They are good, but you have to remember that it will take some learning to use and let us not forget how much they can put a dent in our wallets.
Buy the latest and greatest. Apple tends to drop support for older devices fairly quickly. You don’t want to have to update again in a few months because the nice app that your company just put out only works on the newest operating system. And you can’t upgrade your operating system because your device is too old. Yes, it happens.
If you are prone to dropping, breaking, or spilling things take the AppleCare warranty. It is just going to make your life a bit easier if you break something. Sure you might have to jump a few hurdles but it will be fixed or replaced, but you will be back up and running. If you have a few local computer repair shops that do work on Apple products then by all means go there. Skip the AppleCare. The service you get at local brick and mortar repair places usually far outweigh the Genius Bar.
These laptops run on Google’s Chrome OS. Not as scary as it sounds. These laptops are built to be always connected to the internet. WiFi, LTE, 4G, 5G, whatever gets you surfing those internet waves. There are some limited options when you are not connected to the internet but let’s go over why it should be connected.
Chrome OS does not work like a normal laptop. There is no file system, you can’t install Adobe Photoshop and installing Microsoft Office from that company CD is out of the question. Think of a Chromebook as a very large Android phone. The latest Chrome OS laptops have access to the Play Store, Android’s version of Apple’s App store. You can still get Office for Android or even a Microsoft Office Cloud account, but you need to be connected to the internet to use.
If you are OK with needing to be connected when using your laptop and all of your programs you use are cloud based, then this is a really good option. Coming in as slightly cheaper than a Windows 10 laptop Chromebooks are a great option if all your programs are cloud based and options can be found in the Play Store.
If you had asked me five to ten years ago what to get for a laptop we could have talked for hours on what you need to do with it, what you would like to do with it, and what in the future you were planning to do with it. Then we would go over a handful of companies that offer laptops and why one can do one thing but others can’t. It would have been a processes. Today all the laptops you see are using the same components in their builds so it is much easier to determine what you will need and brands are just a name.
With a Windows 10 laptop you are going to look for something with at least 8GB of ram. If you are installing anything major like anything from the Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator) then look for more ram. For processors Intel still leads for business use. So look for an i5 or i7,even in the future the i9, these will give you the best processing power and still be a viable processor for the next few years. There are other processors designed for laptops like AMD’s A9 and Ryzen and may come in a bit under the price of Intel, but stick with Intel for business use.
Don’t worry about a floppy drive those have gone the way of the Dodo, and CD/DVD players are headed to the same fate. WiFi, Bluetooth; these are standard. Go with screen size that you are comfortable looking at for hours. Try to find one that uses SSD (Solid State Drive) technology in the hard drive, less moving parts the better. Plus it will load faster for you. Who makes it is just a name, so get something that looks good to you.
With these guidelines, I hope you can find what you are looking for. Do look around for deals, we are coming into the season where you can find great prices. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and everything else up to Christmas.