What should you be looking for in a new laptop?

April 7th, 2015

Here are some things to consider when you are researching your next laptop computer.


Today’s post is by Troy Lowe, Vice President of Development at SafeSourcing.

Is it a good time to invest in a new laptop?  There a lot of good deals available from all the major brands.  Whether you need a new laptop for business or for home, there are a lot of things to consider from size, speed, memory, and features.  Below are some things to consider when you are researching your next laptop computer.

Size and weight for portability

The heavier the laptop, the less portable it will become.  Keep in mind where and how you will use the laptop.  If you will be traveling a lot, you may consider a small light-weight laptop

Size of screen and resolution

Depending on what you will be using the laptop for will help decide which size and resolution you need.  If you are using the laptop for business, then you will most likely want to go with a small to mid-size screen (11”-14”) for portability.  If you are thinking of replacing a desktop computer at home, you may want to go with a larger size (15”-17”).  This will be large enough to replace your current monitor and view videos.


The processor effects how fast a computer will run the installed software and how many software programs that you can run at a given time.  With a faster processor comes more efficient multi-tasking.


The graphics processor is used to display the content to the screen.  If you are planning on using the laptop for video and gaming, look for a laptop that has a dedicated graphics chip.  Integrated graphics chips are fine for most business applications and some support 1080p video.


There are different types of internal drives available.  Hard Drives, which most laptops still have, are less expensive.  Solid State drives, which are more expensive and more reliable, don’t rely on moveable parts. 


Every software program that runs on the laptop uses the Random Access Memory (RAM) to store information, including the operating system.  This is one feature that you will want to upgrade if possible. 

Along with the items listed above, there are many other things to consider when buying your next laptop.  At SafeSourcing, we can gather all the necessary information and help you decide what laptop would be a good fit for your needs.  If you would like more information on how SafeSourcing can help your business, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service representative.  We have an entire team ready to assist you today.

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