posted on Jul, 22 2021 @ 07:00 AM
Brands matter far less than specifications. There are laptops currently on the market with high profile brand names ( and prices to match ) out there,
being promoted by algorithms that are absolute trash - just as there are white label / no name laptops here and there that have incredibly good
specifications for highly competitive pricing.
IMO a few things to consider:
1) Make sure the processor is at least 4 cores with hyperthreading / SMT and of a fairly recent generation. A lot of laptops on the market right now
have really bad CPU's in them that only have a couple of cores running at relatively low speeds and that will struggle with even basic use cases ( web
browsing, video streaming etc ).
2) A decent amount of RAM is integral to a good experience. At this point 8 GB is baseline and, IMO, 16 GB is preferable.
3) Storage is another consideration. There are a fair few laptops currently being pushed that have Chromebook levels of internal storage - as low as
32 GB in some cases. I would recommend not even considering anything with less than 512 GB.
4) In terms of both RAM and storage I'd recommend doing a bit of research to ensure that there is an upgrade path - IE that the RAM and storage drive
are removable and replaceable as opposed to being soldered to the motherboard.
5) Display resolution is another gotcha I've seen on lower end hardware lately. Some machines out there ( low end HP models come to mind ) have
adequate processors and RAM but then couple that power with a low resolution screen that is ultimately going to compromise the experience. 1080p is
something I'd personally make mandatory in my considerations.
A final consideration could be the upcoming release of Windows 11. If you plan to use Windows and would want to upgrade to it next spring when it
releases then that also factors in as many current prebuilt PC's and laptops don't currently meet minimum specifications for Win 11. Off hand I
believe you'd want to look for a current gen Intel or anything better than second gen Ryzen for compatibility.
Mostly, at least in my experience, patience is key. Deals come and go and the really good ones tend to be short lived ( flash sales ). You might
consider creating a temporary email address dedicated to the laptop hunt and then use that address to sign up for alerts and notifications from all
the retailers and manufacturers you are interested in shopping with. This approach can yield some pretty good results and keep you informed of
temporary price reductions and sales.
Good luck with the hunt!