4 Factors You Shouldn’t Forget About When Buying a Laptop


If you are looking for a new laptop, there are lots of things to consider to ensure that it is the right option for you. Whether you need a laptop for work, education, or just for personal use like online shopping, browsing the web and other hobbies that you might have, there are lots of different things to look out for when looking for the right model to fit your needs. These days there are lots of different laptop models on offer with something to suit every kind of user. 

While the amount of choice available means that it is often easier to find exactly what you need, it can also make choosing your new laptop daunting. Here are some of the main factors to consider that can be easily overlooked. 


It’s important to consider the ports that are available on the laptop in relation to any devices that you are going to be using with it. This will help you determine if you are going to be able to use your devices directly with the laptop or if you will need to invest in an adaptor. The good news is that with more modern laptop models now moving over to having just a couple of USB-C ports for a thinner and sleeker design, you can get 8 in 1 USB C Hub to connect into your laptop to provide various port options for pen drives, memory cards and more. 

Battery Life

If you are mainly going to be using your laptop at home where you can plug it in any time, then you might not have given a lot of thought to the battery life of the device. However, this is worth considering no matter where you are mainly planning to use your laptop as there may come a time where you might need or want to take it outside to work or use it somewhere else where you may not be able to access a charger so easily. 


Another factor that can be easy to push to the bottom of the priority list if you’re buying a laptop that will mainly be used at home is the weight. While modern laptops are becoming more and more lightweight there are still many heavier options. This might not be a problem if it’s sitting on your desk at home most of the time, but you will quickly notice how heavy it is if you need to take in on vacation or on a business trip. 


Finally, whether you are buying a laptop for working at home or a new device for gaming, consider the materials that it is made out of and how durable they are. It can be easy to get caught up with checking processing speeds and amount of RAM only to end up with a laptop that physically breaks after just a couple of years if it is made with low-quality materials. 

There are lots of different specs and factors to look into when choosing your next laptop, but don’t forget about these ones.

Nick Gray
I'm a life-long tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC. After writing about tech for more than a decade, I jumped at the opportunity to take on the role of Editor in Chief at Phandroid. Please contact me at [email protected].

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