Now that the holidays have ended this is usually the perfect time to upgrade your electronics and take advantage of all kinds of deals and promotions. For MBA students living on a tight student budget, this is an ideal time to shop. If it’s a laptop you’re after, you’re sure to find some sales, but price shouldn’t be the only factor in the decision making process. Let’s take a look at some tips you can keep in mind as you shop for the perfect laptop for your needs.
Consider the Screen Size
One of the most noticeable differences between laptops is the varying screen sizes. You will find everything from small compact screens, to laptops that appear almost as big as a desktop computer. This is a great place to start in order to narrow down your options. Screen size is very much about personal preference and what you plan on doing on the laptop.
If you are going to be doing design work, and work that has a lot of detail, you’re probably better to go with a larger screen. If you plan on using it for light research and writing your assignments/papers, then you can probably get by with a smaller screen. Keep in mind if you want to be mobile with your laptop and take it with you wherever you go, a smaller screen size is lighter and more compact.
What Platform Are You Looking For?
The next question is: which platform is right for you. Do you want Windows, Mac, or a Chrome operating system? Each has their own advantages and disadvantages, and part of it may depend on the other smart devices you own. It’s a good idea to read up on each one before making your final decision.
Types of Laptops
Just as there are different sizes and platforms there are also different types of laptops. There are basic laptops meant for students, there are business laptops, gaming laptops, and more. Consider how you plan to use it and allow that to guide you in the right direction. If you are receiving your MBA degree online in the near future, you may want to look into one that will work for your career/business needs as well.
Ask About the Battery Life
Another important question to ask is regarding the battery life. If you want to be portable with your laptop, which is the whole point of a laptop, then you want a battery that lasts for as long as possible. As you start to look at the various models you’ll quickly discover that the battery life varies quite a bit from model to model.
Additionally you will want to consider such things as the tech specs on the laptop, the price, the weight of the laptop, and the software it comes with. With a bit of research on your part you are sure to find a laptop that works for your current needs, and even your future needs, all while getting a great deal.