Things have become a bit less straightforward in the world of laptops. There was a bit of a period where things had become fairly easy and you could go into any shop and buy any laptop and expect things to go pretty well. If fact, up until this year, I would have said to you that any laptop would do. Now with budget options, gamer options and all sorts of other options out there, it’s a bit of a minefield. Ultimately, if you are buying a Windows PC, I would suggest the minimum spec for a classroom or office laptop:
- 8GM RAM – this should be sufficient for the foreseeable future
- An Intel i5 core chip (but better an i7 chip – this will increase your budget to the premium prices of >€800. A good i5 should be no more than €700)
After that, you’ve two other options to consider:
- If you store most of your files on the computer itself, you should go for a normal Hard Drive (usually 1 to 2 TB (Terabytes) in size)
- If you store most stuff on the cloud, a solid state drive will be a good option even though it fits a lot less space. The advantage is that your computer will load up in under 20 seconds whereas the other option will be more. The other advantage is that the SSD will remain fast whereas the other option will slow down over time.
It doesn’t matter what model you choose but it’s worth checking out independent reviews. Anything with 4 stars up should be fine. Finally, I’d suggest you make sure that there’s a good after sales service on the laptops too.
Last Update: Mar 28, 2018
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