Buying A Notebook

Before buying a notebook, what to look for

What is the purpose and functionality you required for your notebook?

  1. For Work
    1. Do I need to carry around with it?
    2. What is screen size I required?
    3. What is my budget for the notebook?
  2. For Home Use
    1. Does the hardware specifications meet my expectation?
    2. How many people sharing my notebook?
    3. How long do I intend to use before buying another one?

Based on April 2017

A mid-range performance system should be already equipped with Intel i5 Gen 7 Processor, 8GB of Ram, 500 GB hard disk drive or 256 GB Solid State Disk (SSD) or 128 GB SSD with 13.3″ screen

If you have a deeper pocket, Intel i7, 16GB Ram 512GB SSD will be a better option

At the moment of writing, 32GB ram for a notebook is already on the way of hitting the market.

SSD is good for those people who like to work during travel on a bus or train. As SSD does not have a moving part, mechanical failure due to shaking or shock is greatly reduced.

Is the security of a concern for your decision when purchasing a notebook?

Please look whether TPM chipset is available, as price reduced TPM chipset is one of the chip that been removed. I will write another article on TPM chipset in the future.

A power adapter is one of the items people forget that it to be carrying it around, it can be another 500g to 1kg.

If you prefer high-quality display, go for FHD (1920 x 1080) resolution.

DVD-RW drive is an optional item now, as it is seldom been used.

USB3 will speed up the file transfer rate if a USB3 thumb drive is being used.

Warranty is a very important aspect that you need to look into. 1-year warranty or 3-year warranty (mainly for the business model)

Microsoft Window 10 Professional is another important option for office users who wish to connect to their new notebook to the office domain network.