Every year, laptop brands ship millions of units in India. At least 10 million laptop models are sold every year in the country, and that is a conservative estimate. All the established players have a significant presence in the Indian market, and more than a dozen laptop brands offer laptops to Indian consumers.
This alone is indicative of the market potential, and customers are spoilt for choice when it comes to PCs and laptops.
More recently, Xiaomi entered the ultra-competitive Indian laptop market, and the brand offers impressive Mi Notebook models at competitive prices. For less than Rs. 50,000, you can purchase powerful laptops that are sleek, stylish, and act as your faithful companions. But that raises an important question:
how do you choose the best laptop? While the question is relatively straightforward and valid, the answer is convoluted. To begin with, there is no unequivocally anointed ‘best laptop’, as the ideal laptop for one user may not be the best laptop for someone else. According to your needs and preference, you can choose the best laptop that caters to your specific requirements.
That said, taking all the features, specifications, and design into consideration, you can choose your ideal laptop. To further elaborate on this topic, we outline several factors you need to consider while purchasing a new laptop model.
Processor + GPU
Before purchasing a laptop, it is imperative that you look at its processor and GPU. If the laptop comes with an Intel Core chip, then you have to pay close attention to the generation, along with the number of cores. If you are choosing a laptop with the AMD Ryzen processor, then you have to look at the number of cores the processor comes with. As a general rule, the processor with more cores executes more commands with greater speed and efficiency. Thus, a 6-core processor is better than a 4-core processor, and a 4-core processor is much better than a dual-core processor. Laptops under 30,000 usually come with an Intel Core i3 processor or the Intel Atom dual-core processor, while laptops costing Rs. 50,000 usually come with the i5 processor.
If you are a gamer, or prioritize the graphics aspect of the laptop, then you have to look closer at the dedicated GPU of the device.
In addition to the CPU, RAM plays a vital role in the optimal functioning of the laptop. If you are spending around Rs. 50,000, then you have to ensure that the laptop comes with 8GB RAM. The latest laptop models allow users to upgrade the RAM up to 32GB if required. However, high-end models, like the Lenovo laptops (ThinkPad T15p and ThinkPad T15g) allow you to upgrade the RAM up to 64GB and 128GB respectively. These laptops deliver ultra-fast performance with ultra-smooth transitions, thereby making your computing experience extremely enjoyable.
Storage capacity and type
Consumers today prefer purchasing a laptop that comes with SSD storage over HDD storage. This is because HDD storage is mechanical, and is therefore slow. Additionally, HDD storage requires more power, while it also makes the laptop bulky. SSD storage type offers greater convenience while speeding up to the boot times. Additionally, SSD storage ensures that the laptop is extremely responsive, while the laptops can be thin and lightweight.
You can also opt for a model that comes with an SSD + HDD hybrid storage type. Some of the best laptops today, like the Acer Predator Helios and Triton models come with SSD + HDD hybrid storage type.
Another important aspect to consider is the runtime of the laptop. Ensure that the laptop runs for at least 4-5 hours on a single charge, and anything less is not sufficient. This is particularly relevant for gaming laptops, as they consume a lot of power, and thus require more battery capacity. The HP Spectre x360 13-aw0204TU model, for instance, comes with a runtime of more than 13 hours! Thus, choose a laptop that runs for longer periods on a single charge.
Additional features for convenience
Apart from the important features and specifications mentioned above, you also have to pay close attention to the display size and type, the weight of the laptop, and supplementary features like touchscreen display, fingerprint sensor and the 360-degree hinge provision. These requirements differ from user to user, as they change depending on your preference. For instance, Dell XPS 15 (2019 model) comes with a 4K OLED panel, which offers a truly engrossing experience with vivid, bright colours.
Now that you know what features to look for while choosing a laptop, you can browse through the extensive list of laptops at the Bajaj Finserv EMI Store, and pick a model that you fancy. The EMI Store is India’s first EMI-only destination, and lets you pay for the laptop in no-cost EMIs. You can also avail the zero down payment facility on select products, and choose the repayment terms that are convenient for you.