Technology today is far more advanced than ever before. You’ll find that computers are faster than ever, and you may want to purchase a new one. If you’re looking to pick up the latest tech, and you are looking at buying a laptop, you should know what factors determine the cost. Several factors are going to dictate the cost associated with purchasing a computer today. We have different laptops for different purposes like gaming laptops, laptops for business and others but there are important things to checkout before buying anyone of your choice.
If you’re looking at speed, memory, and more, then you’re going to need to know what the numbers mean and how they pertain to the price tag. Furthermore, you should start with knowing that paying a lot, doesn’t mean that you’re getting the best. There are a few things that can sway this. The following will help you look at features you may want most, based on how they could raise the price tag on the laptop you’re looking to buy.
The Central Processing Unit (CPU)
The first thing that you are going to want to look into is the CPU. This is the main focal point that is going to drive the initial price point. The word CPU stands for the central processing unit. This is the microprocessor that every major computer has. It is sometimes considered the “brain” of the computer. There are several chip manufacturers that work with all laptops.
Look at the GHz that the laptop has. Not only that, look at how many chips make up the CPU element here. Some of the more advanced computers have multiple chip sets. Other high-end laptops will have upwards of 3.8 GHz in processing power, and some are claimed to be “turbo-boosted”, which represents one of the price points to consider.
The visual design of a laptop is going to be important. Having a big screen is no longer the measuring stick. That alone is not going to help the price point, as consumers want a variety of different screen sizes. When you look at buying a laptop, look at the screen resolution in general. Higher end solutions will have a wide format, color display with upwards of 500 nits of brightness. The brightness levels and pixel ratio will help you with graphic design, video editing, and more.
Touchscreens can be helpful here as well. The display that you want may need to be versatile, but not everyone needs a touch screen. If you want to use your laptop as a tablet on the go, then this, of course, is a feature you will want to look into. However, the resolution, color palette, and contrast ratio all factor in greater than just the touchscreen.
Another element to the display is the video card that you will have. The best laptops utilize Graphic engine cards that are outside the CPU. These will have their own set of processes, memories, and RAM. The stronger the graphics card, the better the display will be.
Audio is important. The biggest complaints that laptop owners in the past had about purchasing tech is that audio sounds like it’s in a box. That’s no longer the case. Many companies are now working with music companies to produce high-quality audio. There is a better dynamic range, better volume control, bass elements, and peaks that are louder and clearer than ever before.
With that in mind, if you see that the audio elements of a laptop are sponsored by music artists or experts in music, the price will rise. You will have to ask yourself how important audio is to your work and personal life.
The memory, or rather Random Access Memory (RAM), is very important to consider. This is going to shift the cost of your laptop exponentially. In the past, the best options started with only around 2 GB of RAM overall. However, today’s modern software requires a lot of processing power. The processing power that comes with the CPU also needs access memory that will pull through faster information pulls and storage.
RAM at this point should start at 8 GB and move upwards to 16GB of RAM. The higher the RAM chipsets, the better the overall performance your CPU will be. If you’re looking to buy a laptop, then the RAM set should be maxed, and that, of course, comes with a higher price tag overall.
The hard drive that you pick today is going to raise the price tag of your next piece of tech. Many options today will give you a terabyte of storage across an SSD hard drive. The more storage you have, the higher the cost of the laptop you’re going to buy. Think about what you’ll be working on with your computer, and whether you are going to store videos, audio, or documents. Remember, video files can take up a lot of space, and that may justify the cost for you.
Brand Names and More
Lastly, what you’re going to find to be true about laptop buying is the cost of brand loyalty. If you’re a fan of certain brands, then you will pay more. Certain brands consider themselves “premium”, and therefore the costs will rise exponentially. Most brands will let you customize your computer, adding additional RAM chips, getting bigger hard drives, and bundling software as well. This can rise the price exponentially as well.
At the end of the day, take your time balancing these components. Think about what you want to do with your computer, and you’ll no doubt come to a few solutions that fit your needs. The costs today vary based on several factors, and finding a good deal is going to take a bit of work. However, the above elements should be a basis to help you figure out what goes into the price of tech today.
This is a guest post by Ogunrinola Adam Hiidee
Ogunrinola Adam Hiidee is a Man of Many Hats. He is the Founder of TechBlogNG.Net. He writes contents on Blogging Tips, Gadgets, Technology, Internet, Social Networks, etc. He loves to share knowledge with others through Blogging.