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The criteria I use when choosing to buy a laptop

-> Sometimes when I am often asked by my relatives or friends to choose a laptop, these are the criteria that I use. This applies to both Windows and Mac, regardless of the vendor. Please refer.

Note: this article does not apply to gaming laptops or you need to make movies, graphics, I am not familiar with this field.

Weight, thinness, neatness

Laptops are for carrying, so these two factors are two extremely important things that I always put on top when choosing any laptop. This is even more important for students who have to take their machine to school every day, or you need to carry a laptop to work.

In my opinion, a laptop to carry easily, not too heavy, the weight of 2.3kg or less is okay. If less than 2kg, it will be better. Listening to a few hundred grams may not seem like much, but no, you can easily feel the difference when you hold it in your hand or when you wear a backpack for a few dozen minutes (for example when traveling, riding a car). bus).


The thinness is not as stressful as the weight, mainly it affects the appearance more. Of course, usually thinner will be more beautiful, but too thin is not good if the manufacturer does not have high finishing ability, the machine will hold up very cheap feeling.

The neatness is also what you need to consider, because it will determine the size of backpack you will wear, or the shock / leather bag that you buy to hold it. Many people I know will play the style of putting the laptop in the pocket and putting it into the trunk of the scooter rather than a backpack, this is also reasonable. If you also have the same habit, remember to choose a compact machine, too large to remove the trunk of the car does not fit.

Priority should be given to laptops from 2018 onwards, as they begin to follow the trend of thin bezel displays. This way you don’t have to sacrifice workspace but still get a compact machine.



For me the design is extremely important, because it inspires everyday use. But every day opening up to see a bad machine is very boring. Agree that low-cost machines may not be as demanding as buying expensive expensive PCs, but that doesn’t mean you have to buy ugly ones. Asus has Vivobook line, Acer has used Swift 1 with low price but the design is still young, modern and not too thick. Currently Windows vendors compete with each other a lot, so you have many options.

Well, also related to the design, my experience is to ask the person who needs advice to find out if they like or not. 😁 Based on that, I know the style, style that my friend, or Relatives, I like, thereby making a number of choices according to taste. Some of you prefer a rugged or square-style ThinkPad, while a girl likes a thin pink or something that stands out…


Don’t try to divert them to machines that you think are good, because they won’t listen haha. My nearly 10-year experience shows that 😁 Which is true, right from the point of not liking, how can they spend millions, even tens of millions, to buy it.


Most people around me do not play games, or there are small light games (they play mostly on mobile phones) so I mainly have experience with office machines. Which office, the majority of current configurations are fine, mainly see how much money you have to buy? Based on that, choose i3, i5 or i7.

Note that the CPU series for laptops may look the same, but their performance will be quite different. For example:

  • Core i7-8550U
  • Core i7-9750H

The i7-8550U is the 8 generation (number 8), and belongs to the series of power-saving chips (the last U). This CPU series is often used for thin and light laptops, the price is not too high, saving electricity. The i7-9750H, meanwhile, is the 9th generation (top 9), and belongs to the high-performance chip series (the last H). This CPU series often appears on large laptops, aimed at users to create content, need a powerful machine to work, to make money.

To talk about the CPU is very vast, see you in a different post.

As for the GPU, I am not familiar with the graphics processor, but often people ask me do not need any graphics, so I do not have any consulting experience. This section thanks to you for further suggestions.

I only care if the machine has a discrete GPU or not. Discrete GPU gives you better performance than using GPU integrated in CPU. If you are just an office or a simple code, you don’t need a discrete GPU.


Battery time

Here, again, is an extremely important one for laptops. Currently most laptops have a battery life of 7 hours or more, enough for a working day, but note that this is only the specification that the manufacturer offers. When you use it, it is often not so, it will be less than 2-3 hours depending on how you use the device. Like me, Apple advertised my MacBook Pro for 11 hours, but at that time the screen brightness was only 50%, I was in the habit of increasing the max by 100%, and I also opened the external speaker to listen to music, so it would only use about 6-7 hours is the maximum.

Of course, the longer the battery life, the better, but that also means you have to sacrifice the configuration to make it less power hungry. But even if the configuration is strong, it must have time to use the battery suitable for your work. For example, you sometimes have to go to meetings for 2 hours, many meetings continuously, or go to meet customers all day but only worry about configuration, not worry about battery is dead. It’s very inconvenient, because you can’t always charge the device.

These are the things I usually look out for when buying a laptop. How about you? Please comment on the article.


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