So which one is right for you? It can be hard to tell, especially if you’re not all that familiar with laptops to begin with. Don’t worry, I’ve taken some of the guesswork out of it for you!
This list guides you through some of the most important differences between the laptop types. Refer to it while you’re browsing for a new computer, or just for reference for when you do decide to make the leap.
A normal laptop is the standard for mobile computers and it’s been around the longest. Laptops generally have a good-sized screen measuring anywhere between 13 and 20 inches, depending on the company and style that you buy.
Laptops also have a hard drive that can carry up to 250GB of data, such as media and large documents. These types of mobile computers also have high processing power — this just means that you can multi-task with ease, much like you do with your regular computer. Laptops are also great for larger programs and are a great purchase for freelancers, designers, filmmakers, and bloggers as they have room for photo and video-editing software.
A netbook is much smaller than a regular laptop — much smaller. A netbook has a screen size that is rarely bigger than 10 inches, and it also comes with a more compact keyboard.
Netbooks have less of everything, including battery — these types of laptops only has between two to six hours of battery use. Netbooks also have less hard drive space, averaging about 16GB of space, and have less processing power as well.
Because netbooks are compact, they’re best used for single tasks, like checking e-mails or typing out documents which can then be uploaded to the cloud. They’re great for travelers who need to stay connected and working parents who need to a way to stay organized without lugging around a huge laptop with them.
An ultrabook is a newer type of laptop that is a compromise between the netbook and the traditional laptop. It is thinner and shallower than most laptops but has better processing power and battery life than a netbook. The keyboards are shallower on ultrabooks and have greater hard drive capabilities that are further enhanced with the configuration that can be found on these devices through USB ports and SSD cards.
It’s also important to note that because ultrabooks are premium laptops with a great combination of features, they tend to be a bit pricier and come from specific companies that make nearly all of the programs that can be found on that laptop. These laptops are a great fit for business travelers, photographers, designers, and bloggers who create and distribute digital media as part of their business.
A gaming laptop is the most specific of all laptops because it’s used primarily for gaming. Gaming laptops have all the features of its traditional big brother but with high-performance specifications needed for 3D gaming, such as two dedicated graphics card, a bigger screen size, a sturdier body, and more.
Gaming laptops also have a quad-core processor and a lot more RAM, usually — which means that these types of laptops can run games with higher frames per second at higher resolution.
These laptops come with a few disadvantages — these devices come with low battery lives, are heavier than other mobile computers and are quite pricey, but these are often accepted as long as the laptop has the required RAM and processing power needed for gaming. Gaming laptops do tend to run hotter, however, and require more cooling, which means more fans, which can mean a louder machine.
While gaming laptops are capable of functioning as a normal laptop, it’s best to buy this type only if you are a dedicated gamer.
When getting a new laptop, it’s imperative to pick one that is right for your needs. After all, you want to make sure that the device you do choose can do everything it needs to do in order for it to be a worthwhile investment. That’s why this article is important — it will serve as a guide as you choose a new laptop.
Take your time when researching types of laptops. If you’re buying your device in a store or online, don’t be shy about asking for clarification on what that laptop can do for you.
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