Here are a few tips for those looking to acquire a new laptop.
- Operating Systems: The operating system is the heart of your laptop. It manages all software and hardware, including files, memory and connected devices. Most importantly, it lets you interact with your laptop and your programs in a visual way (otherwise, you’d be typing a bunch of computer code to get anything done).1, OS X Installed exclusively on Mac computers, OS X boasts an elegant and easy-to-use interface to complement Macs’ sleek aesthetics and impressive battery life. Macs have historically had fewer issues with viruses and malware. However, MacBooks start at a higher price point than other laptops, and no Mac model to date includes touch-screen functionality.2, Preloaded Windows 10: The Windows 8 operating system wasnt too user friendly, alot consumers avoided it. The Microsoft Windows 10 OS is so on point. Its outstanding features includes an improved section of application, an improved Start menu and the effortless transition from mouse-friendly desktop to touch-friendly tablet modes.So long as you buy a laptop that comes with the new platform preloaded, you’r good to go.
- 2-in-1 PCs: When you need to send emails, surf the Web or get work done, there’s nothing better than your laptop, with its keyboard and touchpad. However, when you’re on the plane and you want to watch a movie, or you’re in line at the store and you just want to check Facebook, you wish it were a tablet. A new generation of 2-in-1 PCs gives you the best of both worlds: a laptop that can fold flat for getting things done or detach its screen for a slate experience. Your three-year-old laptop can’t do that.
- How important is portability to you? Screen size, the type and capacity of built-in storage devices, and the presence or lack of a CD/DVD or Blu-ray drive all affect a laptop’s size and weight. Laptops generally fall into three categories of weight:1, 3 lbs. or less: These streamlined laptops are great for students and travelers who need to perform basic e-mailing and Web surfing tasks on the go.2, 4–5 lbs.: This midrange selection provides a balance between power and portability, great for users who occasionally work from coffee shops or airports.3, 6 lbs. or more: These workhorses provide powerful processing and larger screens, ideal for gamers and professionals who rarely use their laptops away from their desks.
- RealSense 3D Cameras: While phones and tablets have gotten better and more interesting cameras over the years, laptop webcams have been in a holding pattern. Intel’s new RealSense 3D camera uses two depth sensors in addition to its standard lens so that it can scan your face or capture real-world objects.
Most RealSense-enabled laptops, including the Lenovo Ideapad 500S and the Dell Inspiron 15 5000, have front-facing cameras that allow you to create a 3D avatar of yourself, perform complex gestures or replace the background behind your head, without the need for a green screen. However, a few newer 2-in-1s, such as the HP Spectre x2, have rear “world-facing” RealSense cameras that are great for scanning a person’s whole body or getting all sides of an object.
- USB Type-C Charging: Everyone loves USB, the ubiquitous connector that charges your phone and tablet, writes data to your flash drive and even connects you to helpful docking stations. USB Type-C is a new standard that can carry data and electricity over a single wire, allowing you to power your laptop, output video or copy files with just one standard cable. Not all laptops that have USB Type-C can charge off of it, but those that do will be able to take advantage of an entire ecosystem of standardized AC adapters, docks and monitors. Better still, all USB Type-C cables are reversible, which means that you never have to worry about plugging them in upside down.