Pick 'em Right

Want to buy a laptop but can't find the right one? Some tips from Shishir Singh, Director, Product Marketing, Dell India.
     Print Edition: Sep 15, 2013

Pick 'em Right
Want to buy a laptop but can't find the right one? Some tips from Shishir Singh, Director, Product Marketing, Dell India.

Buying the right kind of laptop is dictated by how you plan to use it. Shishir Singh, an expert at gauging market requirements for personal computers, speaks on getting all the specifications right - so you land just the instrument you need.

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You could opt for a laptop with a Pentium dual core processor, but if you tend to multitask, a core i3 would be a better option. If the computer is for a student (your son or daughter) who plans to do basic project work, a standard 500 GB hard drive should suffice. A movie or music hoarder, however, may do well to settle for storage space of at least 1 TB. We recommend 4GB RAM, and screen sizes of 12, 13 or 14 inches.

OFFICE
For official use, your best bet would be a laptop with a core i3 processor, or a core i5 processor, and 500 GB of hard disk space for storing Excel sheets and Word documents. The ideal screen size would be 14 inches, but you could opt for a lighter laptop with a 13-inch screen if you travel frequently. A 4 GB RAM should suffice.

MEDIA
A person who handles media-related work such as photo or video editing should opt for a core i5 processor, if not an i7. For storing videos or high-resolution photographs, his laptop should have at least 1 TB of storage space. A 6 GB or 8 GB RAM would be required to run 'heavy' editing software. Go for a graphic card like NVIDIA GeForce.

GAMING
A heavy-duty gamer would need a laptop with an i7 (Quad core) processor, a RAM of 6 to 8 GB, an NVIDIA GeForce (2GB) graphic card and a laptop screen that measures 17-18 inches. They could also opt for a BlueRay optical drive and a 1-1.5 TB hard disk drive.

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