Mobile computing has become one of the modern life necessities. The choosing of the best laptops and tablets can be quite a daunting task with so many options available as well as the variety of weekly promotions to consider. When considering any technology purchase there are few guidelines to follow; depending on the use and functionality required of course.
Technology purchases need to be carefully considered because the last thing you want is spending hard earned money on something that doesn’t function as expected and that you are stuck with it for the next year or two. Laptops and tablets are very handy devices specifically designed for life on the move. Though there are some cheap options out there, you need to give some thought how robust or sturdy you need the device to be. Below is a list of the top 5 things to consider when buying a Windows 10 tablet PC, laptop, Android tablet or whatever you want to call it.
This deals with what you need to use the device for. Think about your lifestyle and determine firstly what type of user you are. Is this device for personal use or for business? If it’s for business use, chances are you are going to use the device frequently where as personal use will be more casual usage from time to time. Another thing to bear in mind is how often you move about and have to cart the device from location to location. This vary vastly depending on your type of work if it’s for business use. Private use might just be used around the house from the study, to the kitchen counter or the bedroom to binge watch the occasional Netflix series. Take a look at the spec sheet to see if the device has the necessary functionality you require, such as:
– The number of HDMI and USB ports.
– Is a LAN port required or is it for WiFi use only or Mobile network connectivity?
– Do you need a CD ROM?
– Processing speed and disk space.
– What size screen will suite your needs and do you require an HD display.
– Do you require a touch screen device?
– Is a detachable keyboard required?
– Battery life. How many hours available and charging cycle.
The spec sheet should contain all the functionality requirements available.
The quality of the device is highly dependent on the functionality and translates into a higher price as well for your more premium brands such as Apple MacBook, Microsoft Surface or other manufacturers such as Dell and HP. For the brand loyal types, you could factor the brand in as part of this list as well. When considering quality, the physical inspection of the device might play a vital role. You can easily identify quality devices by the aesthetics of the device finishes or by checking the spec sheet for a description. You might also want to look at rugged devices if you are using the device for outdoor purposes. Obviously the higher quality devices come at a higher premium but shopping around might get you a good deal.
How deep is your pocket? It all depends on your needs and how much you are willing to part with. Personally I prefer to be somewhere in the mid range between low and high. This normally gives you good value for money and there are normally some good deals to be scooped up. Lower priced devices are normally bare bones and offer very little functionality and quality, where as the higher end devices are more nice to have items than good value. Most of the good functions are included in the midrange devices and the price difference could be attributed to the software included or excluded in the price. Devices used for business purposes essentially pay for themselves, so you don’t want to go cheap. The cheap stuff normally equate to tacky equipment that frustrate you and end up being an unwanted purchase.
There are many software packages available, but some of the basics required are office related products. This is to create spread sheets, presentation or word documents. Most midrange devices include this as standard or offer a 1 year free subscription. More advanced users will require more specific software packages that are hardware dependant. Check spec sheet to determine this. The better the hardware is, the smoother the software will run. Advanced software packages may not be included in the purchase.
5. Operating system
The operating system is largely dependent on preference, but you also need to consider the software you want to run on it. There are certain programs that function better on IOS than on Windows and vice versa. The other option available is Android and has become a big player in the mobile computing arena with many brands available. The same applies to Windows. When it comes to IOS operating systems, unfortunately you only have one brand choice… Mac. Home or business use also needs to be factored in. If your company uses Windows as its preferred operating system, its advisable to purchase a Windows device for easy of use, backups and security purposes. The other thing is what you are more familiar with and whether you are willing to learn something new. This can be very frustrating for older people as there could be a steep learning curve involved in migrating to a different OS. I would advise that you determine your needs to decide on what best works for you.
There is unfortunately NO “perfect laptop”, but there is something out there that is perfect for you. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but as you employ the advice above, it will go along way in ensuring that you have a computing experience that you will enjoy for years to come.