There are probably thousands of laptop brands in the technology market and probably a million more confused potential buyers. Choosing a laptop to suite not just your taste but profession can be very Herculean. From those cute looking flashy brands to the not so cute ones, diferent models, type and makes of laptop litter the laptop markets. Brands from top technology giants to those from industries new comers are all juxtaposed into a ” crazy laptop rage” trowing potential buyers into a sea of confusion when faced with the ‘hard-to-do’ task of making a “relevant choice”. More frequently than not, these legions of potential buyers do end in panics for one obvious reason; making the wrong choice. One thing buyers aren’t sometimes aware of is that the big names don’t necessarily always turn up good products. From HP,ASUS,Apple,Dell,Samsung to every big industry player you can think of, all have their selling points and weak points. The purpose of this piece is to extensively elucidate the necessary strengths any buyer should look out for in a laptop and also bring to the fore relevant laptops for different class of buyers. Before geting any laptop for whatever purpose this 2 points must first be cconsidered;
NO discrimination intended but when it comes to popularity of laptop Operating system, the undisputed winner of the popularity contest is the Windows OS by Microsoft. The Mac OS trails and limps behind for obvious reasons. I for one believe that for any reason or purpose (if not exclusively specific) a buyer shops for a new laptop the best possible options should be either the Windows or Mac OS.
Random Access Memory(RAM)
Another undisputed point to consider when buying a laptop for whatever reason is the RAM capacity. Barring complicated technical details, From developers to CEOs who buy laptops for businesses, and every other potential laptop shoppers in between, going an extra mile to get a laptop with a large RAM capacity is a necessary evil. If you certainly don’t want your new cute laptop to be plagued with freqfront “freezes” and “mode swings” when multitasking then a high capacity RAM of 2gb or higher is a must.
Hard disk Capacity
From buying a laptop for office use to purchasing for gaming and programming, everybody probably have zillions of files to store in the hard disk. Reaching out for a large capacity of 500 gigabytes and upward Is definitely not going to be regrettable, at least especially if you have dumps of files like I do. But going for slightly less is not to bad either, as long as you stick close to a generally comfortable threshold.
After stating the obvious, its however hereafter pertinent to elucidate best laptops for different professions and use. The list below represent a summary of an extensive 200 hours worth of research and cross reference, things taken into consideration vary extensively depending on probable use.First part deals with graphics, subsequent articles will cover other use and professions.
when it comes to graphics design jobs, the most important considerations in my list was the graphics card,processor, screen size,resolution and battery life in that order. The best on my list are;
1. Apple MacBook pro
Processor: Quad 2.2Ghz to 2.8Ghz
RAM: Up to 16GB
Graphics card: AMD Radeon R9 M370X with 2GB GDDR5 memory ( $2499 model)
Storage: Up to 1TB Flash storage
Weight: 4.49lbs / 2kg
Screen: 15.4 inch, 2880 by 1800 pixels
2.Lenovo Thinkpad w550s
Processor: i7-5500U or i7-5600U – Dual core up to 2.4Ghz
RAM: Up to 16GB
Graphics card: NVIDIA Quadro K620M 2GB
Storage: Up to 1TB HDD + 512GB SSD
Weight: 4.92lbs (2.23kg)
Screen: 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 or 2880 x 1620 touchscreen
3.ASUS ROG GL551JW-DS71
Processor: 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-4720HQ
RAM:up to 16GB
Graphics Card:2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Storage: up to 1TB of storage
Weight: 6 pounds
Screen:15.6-inch display and FHD 1920 x 1080 pixel screen resolution
4. Lenovo Z70
Processor:2.4GHz Intel Core i7-5500U processor
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 840M 2GB
Storage: up to 1 TB
Screen:17.3-inch laptop with Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution.
5. Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition
Processor:2.6GHz Intel Core i7-4720HQ processor
RAM: up to 16GB
Storage: up to 1TB
Graphics Card:4GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics.