Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a New Laptop

Buying a new notebook or any other type of electronic device is not such a simple task, especially in times of crisis where prices are high, and budgets are increasingly limited. 

In this post, I'll talk about some basic mistakes you should avoid when choosing your new product.


Not knowing the type of notebook use

When choosing a new notebook, the main mistake is not knowing what types of tasks will be performed on it. 

Often, it's not even the device itself that's bad, it's just not ideal for you.

Knowing the processes that will be performed frequently is critical, as they determine the type of product that must be purchased.

For example, if your goal is just to work with writing, simple spreadsheets, doing research, or the like, a more basic notebook will be able to serve you satisfactorily. 

But if you run heavier spreadsheets, need to edit some more basic videos, or do other tasks like that, you'll need an intermediate product.

If your goal is to work with design, architecture, 3D modeling projects, play more up-to-date games, or perform heavier tasks, it is recommended to choose a notebook with a high-performance processor, with a good dedicated graphics card, with at least 8GB of RAM, with SSD and with a screen with better resolution. 


Don't just buy by brand

Another factor you shouldn't get too attached to is a specific brand. The important thing is to buy a product that can perform the tasks that will be performed on it.

Remember: what determines product performance is the configuration and construction, not the brand itself. 

Don't get too attached to the processor model

Another common mistake when buying a notebook is getting too attached to the processor model, taking into account only if it is an i5, i7, etc., as if that were the only factor that determines performance.

It is important to know that there are i3s that are superior to many i5s; there are i5 that are superior to many i7. The same goes for AMD models: Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, Ryzen 7, which are the most common in notebooks.

More than just sticking to the name of the chip, it is necessary to analyze if it is a newer generation, its suffixes, the number of cores and threads, and the clock speed (GHz) it has.


Choosing the cheapest notebook

Unfortunately, notebooks are being sold at an absurd price. Still, ideally, don't opt ​​for the device simply because it's the cheapest, especially if your budget is sufficient to buy a better product, as this will save you a big headache.

Currently, the cheapest models on the market are Chromebooks, which are functional for typing tasks, internet searches, among other more basic tasks, but are not suitable for heavier processes.

If your needs are more basic, a good Chromebook will already be able to meet you. If you need to perform heavier tasks, you'll need a more powerful notebook.

Choosing the notebook just because it's expensive

It is also not necessary to buy a notebook simply because it is expensive.

When choosing, what you should analyze is whether the product has what it takes to perform the tasks you need on a daily basis satisfactorily. 

Buying an overpriced notebook can simply be an unnecessary expense if you don't have as much money to spare and don't need such a powerful product. 


Buy the first product on impulse 

If you don't understand anything about notebooks or computers, don't go around simply buying the first product in the store on impulse, as it's almost certain that it won't serve you properly.

Keep in mind that there are many factors that determine performance, and if you don't have the knowledge to choose, it's a good idea to seek help.

Do not review upgrade options 

When you buy a new notebook you expect it to be durable and useful for a few years, so another factor that's important to look out for is the upgrade options it has.

If your budget at the moment is only enough to pay for a product with HDD (which are slower) or low-capacity SSD (which won't be able to store a lot of files), or with little RAM, for example, it's important to know if it supports more storage (either replacing what comes from the factory or with some free input) and also more memory, as it could be important in the future.

Upgrades are more common on desktops, which are much more versatile in this regard, however, the simple fact of increasing the RAM memory and putting an SSD in the notebook can already improve performance a lot.

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