These Are The Things I Look Out For When Buying A Laptop

As An IT Engineer

Dom Kwolczak


Many of you may not know this, but Tech With Dom is only a part-time side project, I do alongside my full-time Job as an IT engineer.

With that being said, I often get asked questions about what laptop I recommend or whether a specific brand is worth the purchase.

That got me thinking, that instead of answering all these questions individually, I could write up a blog post that a wider audience may find useful and my friends and family may turn to for advice.

As someone who used to work at a computer shop, I know too well that choosing a laptop suitable for your needs can be confusing and even a hassle at times, particularly if you have a lot of choices to pick from.

Laptops come in all shapes and sizes, some have some pretty cool features such as audio by Harman or Bang & Olufsen and some come with some free goodies such as a laptop bag or a mouse. However, I wouldn’t really concentrate on things like that because what’s the point of buying a laptop that sounds better than most if it doesn’t perform the way you want it to?

Just a side note, if you are an advanced user, some of the information in this post may seem basic.

So, without any further ado, here are the four main things to look out for when picking a laptop…

The Processor

The processor or CPU (Central Processing Unit) is the first thing I look for when choosing a laptop. This component is effectively the brain of your laptop that provides the instructions and processing power your laptop needs to function.

The more powerful, the processor is, the better your performance will be. However, whether you need that performance is dependent on the types of things you will be doing with your computer.

For example, if you are planning to use your laptop for 3D Modeling, video or photo editing you will need a more powerful CPU. But if you are only writing basic word documents, browsing the internet or checking your email, you don’t really need a powerful laptop and Chromebooks such as this 14-inch ASUS C423NA are perfectly adequate for the task.