How to buy a laptop during Black Friday 2020
Select an operating system
If you want an operating system that mimics your iPhone, you’ll be looking for an Apple laptop (see: MacBooks). Otherwise, you can keep your eyes peeled for a good Windows laptop; the operating system is more common than MacOS and offers the widest range of program compatibility (especially useful if you are looking to work on your laptop).
For a lower price, you can also opt for a Chromebook – a streamlined version of MacOS and Windows that gives you access to many of the same basic features (internet, word processing, etc.) through Google Chrome apps.
Check the specs
You’ll want to invest in something that’s right for you, remembering that everyone’s needs are different. Screen size, weight, memory, graphics capabilities, and battery life will affect the suitability of each laptop for you, and you may be willing to sacrifice on functionality to get a great deal. on another. Be sure to read the specifications in detail so that your purchase meets expectations. If you’re not sure what all the jargon means, here’s a handy reference guide.
RAM: This is the memory of your laptop. A minimum of 4 GB is acceptable, but 8 GB or more is recommended for a high performance model and / or daily use all day.
CPU: The central processing unit is the processor responsible for running programs on your laptop. Look for models with multiple “cores” because each processor core optimizes performance; an Intel Core i7 processor is standard.
GPU: Here we are talking about graphics cards – the tiny cards that process visuals. Each GPU is nuanced, so it’s worth researching each one specifically to make sure it’s powerful enough for your needs. High-end gaming laptops will require something special, like Nvidia GeForce or AMD Radeon GPUs.
Solid State Drive (SSD) vs Hard Drive (HDD): This is technical slang for storage. Many laptops now come with an SSD, which is more expensive but runs faster. Both do the same job, but hard drives are still the go-to solution for cost-conscious consumers (everything just runs a little slower).
Resolution: The screen resolution will determine the quality of the things you read and watch. Every display panel is made up of pixels and more pixels means more detail. Look for a resolution of 1920 x 1080 or higher. Many brands use additional slang terms (like Retina, QHD, and UHD), but you’ll want to focus on the numbers themselves to simplify your comparisons.
To the touch screen or not to touch the screen
Many newer Windows laptops come with this handy feature that can offer a lot to the young, the elderly, and artists. Some touch screen models will be described as “2-in-1 laptops” because they can be used as a laptop or tablet. If you go for a removable keyboard, be sure to test it first for convenience; some people like them, but others don’t.
To be realistic
Popular models such as Apple’s MacBook Pros are in high demand throughout the year, so they will be significantly more expensive than non-Apple laptops during Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. You can find £ 100 off older Windows laptops as retailers hope to replace them with newer stock, but it’s rare to see price drops of over £ 200 on Apple laptops.
Choose a price range
Once you have mastered the specifications you want, you need to find the best option within your budget. From the Black Fridays, we’ve been expecting great deals on netbooks and Chromebooks available for as little as £ 100, low and mid-range laptops for around £ 300 and deals on high-end laptops and game of around £ 600.