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How to choose a laptop

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Let us help you choose the perfect laptop for your needs. We can advise you on how to navigate the different types of laptops and what parameters to look out for - whether you are looking for a new gaming machine or just a simple laptop for browsing the web. We will tell you what parameters you should pay particular attention to when deciding, how much RAM you need, and answer your most frequently asked questions.

A laptop can be used both for work and entertainment. Here, we are going to show you what parameters you should pay particular attention to when choosing your device, how much RAM you need, and answer your most frequently asked questions. We can advise you on how to navigate the different types of laptops and what parameters to look out for - whether you are looking for a new gaming machine or just a simple laptop for browsing the web.

Jak vybrat notebook

How to choose a notebook? A few basic tips before you start 

  1. The key question when choosing a laptop is what exactly are you buying it for

  2. Ask yourself if you need the options provided by 2-in-1 devices (convertible laptops with a touchscreen)

  3. The display size usually directly affects the battery life – the larger the screen, the shorter the battery life

  4. Powerful laptops with quad-core processors and dedicated graphics cards have larger dimensions, are heavier, and tend to have a shorter battery life

  5. Take a look at our product selection - the price of the laptop is based on the number of features, performance, but also the laptop’s build quality and materials 

  6. The keyboard is also important - a backlit keyboard comes in handy if you often work in the dark, while a numeric keypad is useful if you work with numbers

  7. If you want your laptop to be faster and more responsive, we recommend choosing a laptop with a SSD or a combination of a HDD and SSD

A Basic Guide to Laptops

Basic laptop parameters

Processor

The processor is the brain of the laptop. It’s where most calculations take place and it is the key component that decides the laptop’s performance when working with challenging programs, but it also influences the framerate (number of frames per second) in games and the laptop’s multitasking capability (ability to simultaneously process multiple tasks).

Processor frequency

Frequency is given in GHz and indicates the number of clock cycles the processor can perform per second. A higher frequency means a more efficient CPU performance.

A normal frequency is within the range of 1.6GHz to 3.3GHz, with the most powerful CPUs having a base frequency of up to 4GHz. To ensure high performance during demanding activities, go for a value closer to the upper limit. Intel Turbo Boost technology 2.0 works on the same principle, achieving an average of 2.8GHz, with the most powerful models reaching up to 4.4GHz.

Intel Turbo Boost

Technology that enables each CPU processor core to run faster than the base frequency, if required. The higher the value, the better. For an average active gamer, 3.5GHz laptop models are fully sufficient.

Processor cores

The most important part of the processor, which is responsible for all computing operations. The more cores a processor has, the more tasks it can process at one time. Most laptop processors are equipped with two cores. Once again, the general rule is the more cores, the better. Multiple cores can split the task among themselves and shorten the processing time. However, quad-core processors have a higher power consumption than dual-core processors, which negatively affects the battery life.

Processor manufacturer naming system

At present, the most popular processor manufacturers are Intel and AMD.

Intel processor architecture

  • Atom, Celeron and Pentium

Series with less power, suitable for performing simple office tasks, but not for gaming.

  • Core M

The new series of energy-saving chips used in some ultrabooks. They are more powerful than Celeron and Pentium processors and provide passive cooling, making devices with this type of processor absolutely silent. They lack sufficient power, however, to play graphics-intensive games.

  • Core i3, Core i5, Core i7

  1. generation - Nehalem
  2. generation - Sandy Bridge
  3. generation - Ivy Bridge
  4. generation - Haswell
  5. generation - Broadwell
  6. generation - Skylake
  7. generation - Kaby Lake
  8. generation - Kaby Lake R

These series are designed for performance at a higher level. Core i3 processor are sufficient for routine and moderately intensive tasks, whereas Core i5 and Core i7 processors are recommended for powerful gaming laptops. The most demanding users should opt for quad-core Core i7 models.

Each processor of the i3, i5, and i7 series is marked with four digits and a letter. The first digit indicates the generation it belongs to – each new generation improves the performance parameters over the previous one. If you want your laptop to be futureproof to some extent, you should always choose the latest, or at least the second newest generation, because with each generation there is an approximately 15% increase in performance, plus they all come with a host of new technologies.

In the case of the latest generation known as Kaby Lake Refresh, is has also doubled the number of cores in U-series processors, which means they are now quad-core processors. This has boosted multi-core performance by as much as 75% while maintaining the power consumption typical to dual-core models, so their battery life is similar to that of their predecessors’.

AMD processor naming system

  • Series E

Equivalent to Intel Atom processors. Used in basic laptops; not suitable for playing games or working with computationally demanding programs.

  • Series FX

Relatively powerful processors, but with higher power consumption. These offer performance at the AMD A10 processor level and the integrated graphics card is comparable in performance to less powerful dedicated graphics cards.

  • Series A4, A6, A8, A10, and A12

The series of processors that is roughly comparable to the competing Intel Core processors, though their performance is somewhat below the powerful Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. AMD's most powerful AMD processors are at the level of Intel Core i3, which should change soon with the advent of AMD Ryzen mobile processors. We expect the first laptops with AMD Ryzen at the end of the year. The AMD A series has an interesting advantage in that it has a stronger integrated graphics card compared to the competition.

Graphics card

The graphics card is used to render the laptop’s visual output on the laptop display or an external monitor or TV. Its performance is crucial for gaming and work in graphics software and video editors.

Types of graphics cards

  • Integrated graphics cards

These cards are placed in the processor housing and work with the processor's memory. Today's generation of integrated cards is relatively powerful, but they are still more suitable for office work and multimedia consumption.

  • Dedicated graphics cards

Separate graphics cards with their own vRAM. Suitable for graphics-intensive games and work with graphics software.

Graphics card memory

The greater the capacity, the more performance potential in challenging 3D games. Cheaper graphics cards can manage with 1GB, whereas gaming models can have 8GB or more. Insufficient memory capacity can hinder the graphics card when playing games in high-resolution.

Nvidia graphics cards

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX series - Powerful models designed primarily for gaming

  • Nvidia GeForce GT series - Weaker models, suitable for playing older games or running casual multimedia applications

  • Nvidia Quadro series - Professional graphics cards designed for work with CAD or 3D graphics software

More expensive laptops and especially gaming models include powerful, full-featured graphics cards, but casual gamers should probably opt for the graphics cards marked as M. These are trimmed down but still powerful laptop variants of standard desktop graphics cards.

AMD graphics cards

  • Radeon R9 - the most powerful range, suitable for playing modern graphics-intensive games

  • Radeon R8 - powerful models, but you may have to lower the detail or resolution when playing the latest games

  • Radeon R7, R6, R5 - lower model series for playing older or casual games

  • Radeon FirePro - graphics cards designed for professional use in CAD or 3D graphics software

Intel graphics cards

The popular processor manufacturer also makes its own range of graphics cards. Not so long ago, the common wisdom had it that integrated graphics cards were good for browsing the web and watching videos, but very little else. Fortunately, this is no longer the case. The latest integrated graphics have performance comparable to modestly equipped dedicated graphics cards. They are often used in Apple’s MacBooks and iMacs. Their special construction makes these cards less battery-intensive and they don’t take extra space inside the laptop.

  • Intel HD Graphics - the most commonly used series of integrated graphics cards. Suitable for multimedia and playing games for lower detail and resolution

  • Intel Iris Graphics - powerful integrated graphics cards that can even handle some of the newer games if you play with a reduced level of detail

System memory (RAM)

System memory is a key factor for any laptop. It is used for the temporary storage of data and running programs. The more memory a laptop has, the more comfortably it can perform tasks in multiple programs or browser windows.

  • The minimum you need for use in a modern Windows operating system is 4GB

  • If you often run more demanding software or multiple applications at the same time, we recommend getting a laptop with at least 8GB of RAM

  • Playing demanding computer games often requires more than 8GB of RAM; we recommend at least 16GB if you want to get maximum performance in every game

  • The most powerful professional and gaming laptops can have up to 64GB of system memory

Storage (HDD, SSD, SSHD)

The hard drive (HDD) or SSD (a drive without any moving parts) is used to store all the data in your laptop. The type of storage has a big impact on the overall speed of a laptop. We strongly recommend buying a laptop with a SSD or a SSD combined with a classic hard drive.

Disk type

  • HDD - hard disk drive

A classic hard disk. Data is stored on circular rotating platters and read by hard drive heads. The main advantage of this type is its higher capacity for the same price, which is not the case with SSDs. Commonly found in gaming laptops, which require large data capacity.

  • SSD - solid-state storage with no moving mechanical components

The SSD does not contain any moving mechanical components and is much faster than the HDD. With their speed and shock resistance, they are the perfect choice for travel laptops and gaming machines, where they provide faster game booting. The disadvantage of SSDs is that they offer smaller capacity for the same price.

  • HDD + SSD - a combination of SSD and HDD storage

A laptop like that contains two drives, taking full advantage of both types – HDDs with their high capacity and SSDs with their excellent speed. A suitable solution for gaming laptops.

  • SSHD - hybrid hard drive

A combination of a classic HDD with SSD flash memory. Smaller NAND flash memory (SSD) is used to speed up most commonly used software applications, such as the operating system, and the SSHD provides higher data capacity, which is typical for classic HDDs.

Disk capacity

The greater the capacity, the more programs, photos, videos and other data you can store. When it comes to storage, larger capacity is always better, with no exceptions. Typical HDD capacities are 500GB, 1024GB (1TB), or 2TB. Because of the higher price, SSD capacity in laptops tends to  be lower, typically 256GB to 512GB.

Disk capacity and what it means in practice

CapacityVideo (DVD)Music (mp3)Photos (JPG)
120GB25 movies24,000 songs30,000 shots
500GB106 movies100,000 songs128,000 shots
2000GB425 movies400,000 songs512,000 shots

Display

The display is an essential part of any laptop. Its quality and size strongly affect your overall satisfaction with your laptop.

Screen size

The display size is the key factor that decides the physical dimensions and weight of the laptop. Laptops with smaller displays are easily portable, but playing multimedia content on them does not exactly deliver a stunning experience.

  • 12" and less - minimum dimensions and weight

  • 13"- suitable for frequent travel

  • 14"- a compromise between size and mobility

  • 15"- for occasional transfer, the keyboard often includes a numeric keypad

  • 17" and more - for home use, the keyboard includes a numeric keypad

Display resolution

Resolution indicates the number of pixels displayed in an image. The more pixels, the higher the resolution, and thus the sharper the image. For laptops, Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) or higher is recommended. While higher resolution brings better picture quality, it also places higher demands on the graphics card.

Most common display resolutions

Display resolutionNumber of pixels
HD (720p)1280 × 720 pixels
HD Ready1366 × 768 pixels
HD+1600 × 900 pixels
Full HD1920 × 1080 pixels
WQHD2560 × 1440 pixels
WQXGA2560 × 1600 pixels
3K2880 × 1620 pixels
WQXGA+3200 × 1800 pixels
4K3840 × 2160 pixels

Display technology

Laptops, mobile phones and televisions currently use LCD (liquid crystal display) technology, which can be further divided into TFT (Thin-Film Transistor) and STN (Super-Twisted Nematic) displays. Today's laptops are equipped exclusively with TFT displays, which are divided into the following types:

  • TN (Twisted-Nematic)

An older LCD technology that is still widely used. Compared with IPS, TN displays are cheaper to produce, have higher brightness, faster response times, and slightly lower demands on battery life. The downside, however, is worse viewing angles.

  • IPS (In-Plane Switching)

A cutting-edge technology that offers true colour reproduction and wide viewing angles of 178°. IPS displays are more expensive to produce, and so are often found on laptops in higher price ranges. Compared with TN displays, they have lower contrast and slower response times.

  • VA (Vertical Alignment)

VA displays combine the advantages of TN and IPS technology. They feature high contrast, wide viewing angles (although not as good as IPS), and true colour reproduction.

Surface finish of the display

  • Glossy

Glossy displays offer more striking colours compared with matte displays, but they are less suitable for travel and work in direct sunlight, where they are almost unusable. In an appropriately lit room, however, they provide rich colours and vivid images. Glossy screens are common on touch-screen laptops.

  • Matte and anti-glare

If you travel frequently or sometimes work outside, choose a laptop with a matte (or anti-glare) display. While they can't compete with glossy displays for colour intensity, they come into their own when used in bright sunlight and don't act as a glorified mirror.

Connectivity

  • USB

Used to connect a mouse, external keyboard, flash drives, external drives, optical drives, etc. For convenience, go for a laptop with at least two USB 3.0 connectors.

On laptops, you can usually find USB Type-A connectors (the most common, older square type, one-sided) and USB Type-C connectors (oval shape, dual-sided). USB Type-C allows you to both transfer your data and charge your notebook.

USB connector shape

  • HDMI

The most widely used digital connector for transferring video and audio simultaneously in high definition. Used, for example, to connect a laptop to a television, external monitor or projector.

  • DisplayPort

Digital connector used to transfer video and audio in high definition. Common on professional and office laptops.

  • VGA

Analogue connector used to transfer images. Used, for example, in older projectors.

  • Ethernet (LAN)

For connecting your laptop to a wired network (local as well as Internet). We recommend a fast gigabit LAN (1000Mbit/sec).

  • WiFi

Wireless technology that comes as standard with every laptop. In cheaper models, expect to find the 802.11b/g/n standard. The more advanced 802.11ac. provides higher data bandwidth at 5GHz.

  • Bluetooth

Used to connect wirelessly to other devices and equipment, e.g. headphones or speakers.

  • 3.5mm audio jack 

For connecting headphones, speakers or microphones.

  • Memory card reader

Allows you to easily transfer a large amount of photos from your camera or mobile device.

Operating system

Do you have only a foggy idea of what operating systems do and don’t know which one to choose for your new laptop? For the most part, Microsoft Windows 10 will be preinstalled for you, but you may find that some models still have Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8, or even Linux. What is the difference between them and what should you choose?

Previous versions Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

Advanced Windows users already have some experience with Microsoft. Especially if the company decides to overhaul and change a number of key features at once. We can see this with every second version of the system. While Windows XP and 7 have enjoyed spectacular success and still operate on millions of PCs all over the world, Windows Vista and Windows 8 were met with great criticism from the professional community and have failed to capture much interest among casual users.

i Microsoft Windows Vista
The Windows Vista operating system was launched on April 10, 2007 and shares the basic features of Windows Server 2008. However, the ambition to replace the popular Windows XP failed spectacularly. Official support was terminated as early as in 2012, but security updates were issued until April 2017.

Winodws Vista Winodws 8

The images clearly illustrate the drastic change in user interface from the Windows Vista operating system (left) to Windows 8 (right).

The problem was that Windows Vista brought a fundamental change to the user interface, while the key element of Windows 8 as an operating system was better performance on tablets and touchscreen computers. As it turned out, the results were largely unsatisfactory. Hardware requirements for Windows Vista were significantly higher compared to the previous version called Windows XP, which essentially made a simple upgrade impossible not only in the home environment but also in companies, which often use thousands of completely identical PCs. Meanwhile, the touch interface on Windows 8, called Modern UI, frightened the standard casual users so much that they were unable to run the most basic applications or turn off their computers at all.

i Microsoft Windows 8
Windows 8 was launched in the autumn of 2012 and was met with a considerably lukewarm reception, due to a complete reworking of the user interface. Later, it became clear that Microsoft had expected a far more massive expansion of touchscreen devices and did not really take the preferences of typical computer users into account. As a result, many users stayed on Windows 7 even when they bought a brand new computer or laptop.

Microsoft later released a slightly tweaked version of Windows 8.1 at the end of 2013, which was more user-friendly, but it was already too late. Everybody could see the writing on the wall and not too long after that came the announcement of a free upgrade to a completely new Windows 10.

Free transition to Windows 10

Starting from July 28, 2015, Microsoft offered a free upgrade to Windows 10 for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. This offer was been valid for a full year and the free upgrade caused tens of millions of computers to shift to Windows 10. Microsoft also set up a relatively simple yet functional tool for seamless upgrades. This was one of the reasons for the great success of this unique and rather drastic step.

Windows 10 is the future for PC

Microsoft began selling the new Windows 10 operating system as early as July 2015. The basic idea was to unify all versions under one system that will move forward with successive modifications. This policy Microsoft enforces using fairly tough measures when it comes to updates, which can be basically just postponed for a limited amount of time, but still must be applied within a month at the latest. For ordinary users, however, this is a welcome matter, as it automatically increases the security of the entire system and user data.

Windows 10 Store Windows 10 Edge

Sign in with your own Windows ID and sync your apps from Windows Store, bookmarks from Edge, and more.

We also have to keep in mind that, according to Microsoft, this is the last version of their numbered operating systems. According to the plan, Windows 11 is never going to happen. On the contrary, Microsoft is trying to extend Windows 10 across its products. A good example of this approach is the Xbox One game console, which is currently running on slightly altered Windows 10. This allows PC owners to play a whole host of new titles under one license on both PC and Xbox. For example, this applies for Forza Horizon 3 , Forza Motorsport 7, or Gears of War 4.

Winodws 10, Xbox One

With Home Streaming and Xbox Play Anywhere, you can play games from the Xbox on your PC and vice versa.

Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro

Ever since Windows Vista, Microsoft has divided its operating systems into Home and Business versions (Professional or Pro). Let's take a look at the different features that Windows 10 Pro includes.

  • Active Directory with central administration mechanisms.
  • WIP (Windows Information Protection) helps protect business data.
  • Embedded encryption of internal disks using BitLocker.
  • Bitlocker To Go encrypts portable USB drives in a similar manner.
  • Mobile Device Managment
  • Remote Desktop
  • Client for Hyper-V virtualisation
  • Windows Business Store

The feature list is rather telling. If your business has only a handful of computers, you can stick to Home version and you won’t miss anything important. However, if you have dozens or hundreds of PCs, Windows 10 Pro is indisputably the better choice.

Windows 10, user interface

The Windows 10 operating system has been conceived from the outset as a multiplatform solution. It is therefore suitable for  desktop PCs, laptops, tablets, 2-in-1 devices. It is also designed for mobile phones, though Microsoft’s phone venture found very little success on the market. During installation, the system detects the presence of the touch screen and adjusts the default control screen accordingly. This means you get either a classic desktop or the Modern UI interface. The Continuum function can detect the connected keyboard and switch between the two modes while the system is running.

i We have worked out a very detailed procedure that will guide you through a clean installation of the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system. You will only need a flash drive with a capacity of at least 8GB and a fast enough Internet connection to download about 5GB of ISO installation files directly from Microsoft's website.

One of the most interesting details of Windows 10 is the redesigned Start menu. It newly offers a flexible layout and live tiles of Windows Store applications. With just one glance you can gather news from different social networks, see the latest emails, calendar reminders, or current weather. However, the options do not end there. In addition, if you create a cloud user account, the user interface will sync to multiple devices. This, of course, includes your documents or bookmarks in your internet browser. The Windows 10 browser, by the way, is completely new and is called Microsoft Edge. Its use is especially recommended for laptops, where it can extend battery life by up to one hour.

Winodws 10 Hello Winodws 10, bezpečnost

With Windows 10, Microsoft took the security aspect very seriously. The system offers comprehensive protection (including antivirus, firewall, Windows Defender Antivirus and anti-phishing technologies).

Windows 10, Creators Update

Microsoft has undertaken to issue regular major updates, formerly known as Service Packy. The latest such update is called Creators Update and provides excellent support for creating 3D content including a whole new advanced Paint application. Mixer is also available for streaming gaming content around the world. If you work long into the night, you will certainly welcome a detailed blue light setting. At the selected hour, color rendering will change, making it more comfortable for tired eyes. There have also been major changes in the Event Center, which now provides quick access to all notifications at the bottom right of the panel.

Windows 10, Creators Update

Creators Update includes new innovations, features, and security options.

Windows 10 embedded features and security

Two years after the release, Windows 10 is a different system than it was in the summer of 2015. Windows Hello, for example, has seen some great changes. For those who don’t know what we are talking about, Windows Hello is a secure login system for your user account. You can use a webcam, a fingerprint reader, but also a smart watch or phone with Bluetooth enabled. Your user profile unlocks automatically as soon as you get close to your PC. Similarly, your user profile is automatically locked once you get away from the wireless signal.

We have already mentioned close cooperation with the Xbox One game console, which has its own application in Windows 10. You can view all the news from your game hub. However, you can also use the application to play games that are streamed from your Xbox to your PC within your local network.

Windows Store is also looking better, as it is gradually being filled with applications. But frankly, those apps are generally worse than what you can find on the Google Play platform. Here, Microsoft still has a long way to go.

When it comes to security, Windows 10 is looking pretty good. All the necessary updates are installed in the background, enabling Microsoft’s built-in Windows Defender anti-virus protection to do its job. You get real-time protection against viruses, malware, and spyware. There are also Parental Controls with advanced management of your children's user accounts.

Laptops with Windows 10 S

This is a lightweight version of the Windows 10 operating system, designed primarily for educational purposes. Only authorised apps from the Windows Store are allowed. As a bonus, you will receive an annual subscription for Minecraft: Education Edition plus a complete Office 365 school package for free. At the same time, the entire operating system is designed to save files to OneDrive cloud storage by default, so it's easy to continue working exactly where you left off on another computer or in a different classroom.

i Are you interested in the Microsoft Windows 10 S operating system? We have a detailed analysis for you, including all the pros and cons.

New laptops without an operating system

Many manufacturers have decided not to offer specific models with a preinstalled operating system. Business customers are generally expected to have their own Microsoft Volume Licencing, so in their case, it is financially disadvantageous to pay for the operating system twice. For home users, things get a bit more complicated.

Aside from people who use cracked operating systems, who we are not going to take into consideration here, many home users already have a so-called "boxed" version of the operating system, where they have paid off their license and it's theirs permanently. For these users, purchasing a new device with a preinstalled operating system would mean paying for the same thing twice.

Laptops with Linux

This is a marginal issue, however, which has its merits, for example, with programmers or students. In recent years, Linux has begun to expand and, for example, the free Ubuntu system will perform its role very well. Installation can be done by anyone and the system already has a comprehensive package of basic programs. Ubuntu can also be run by just booting from a DVD or flash drive.

Laptops with Chrome OS

Its focus is particularly suited to the school environment, but it also takes you to your home. Just sign in with a Google Account and get access to all of Google Drive, Gmail, and so on. This is an ideal affair for Android phone users because they will keep their data constantly with each other. Benefits include low purchase cost and long battery life. The downside is the need to be practically always within reach of the Internet.

Chrome OS

Chrome OS is a modern operating system from Google. It employs close cooperation with Android, the world's most popular mobile platform.

Apple has its macOS

The American company Apple has a totally different approach to its operating system. Virtually all its laptop-like devices (MacBook 12, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro) always have the latest version of the system, which is currently called the macOS High Sierra. New versions are generally released every autumn.

Price

An integral part of the laptop selection is the price. Laptops range from extremely affordable to incredibly expensive. Where makes their price tags so different?

Performance

More expensive laptop models are powered by more powerful processors and graphics cards than cheaper models in the same category. Higher-priced models can handle more demanding operations in less time, run more smoothly, and allow you to play in high resolutions and with higher frame rates (fps).

Display

The price is also reflected in the display quality. More expensive laptops are usually fitted with high-quality panels with wide viewing angles, high resolution, and excellent colour rendering.

Build quality

Higher-priced laptops typically have a metallic construction that not only looks good, but also protects the notebook while on the go. A laptop like that can handle frequent travel with little to no trouble.

Warranty provided

More expensive, mostly professional laptops often come with special warranty services, such as next business day service or repair right at the customer's home or office.

Fingerprint reader

Many more expensive models contain a fingerprint reader for extra security. The reader also makes it very easy to sign into the operating system without having to enter a password (and probably messing it up a couple of times in the process).

WiFi adapter

For the notebook to have good WiFi reception at a greater distance from the WiFi router, more expensive models generally contain a powerful WiFi adapter.

Apple MacBook

Apple MacBook

  • Smoothly running operating system and software applications
  • Mac OS
  • All-aluminium construction
  • Suitable for students and professionals

Few products reach the premium quality of Apple MacBooks. Their all-aluminium construction, which is one of the slimmest in the world, provides a traditionally clean and minimalist appearance while maintaining high performance. MacBooks boast premium battery life and newer product lines also feature the beautiful Retina display. All MacBook series run on Mac OS, which is optimised for MacBook hardware. Individual series differ in performance and display size.

Advantages and disadvantages
  • Top-notch build quality
  • Brisk and responsive operating system
  • Long battery life
  • Useful programs for professionals
  • Not suitable for playing computer games
  • Higher price

Which Apple Macbook series is best for me?

MacBook 12

Twelve-inch MacBooks Twelve-inch MacBooks are your ordinary everyday laptops. They are very lightweight and designed for casual users who require easy portability and decent performance. The new MacBooks are designed to be almost silent. At the same time, thanks to the special graphite layer, you don’t have to worry about overheating them. They are equipped with a universal USB-C connector that simultaneously serves to power the laptop and for connection of peripherals. The 2017 laptops feature the new generation of Kaby Lake processors that has been upgraded to further reduce power consumption and extend the MacBook’s running time on a single charge. These laptops are also equipped with a very fast SSD and an integrated graphics card.

Advantages and disadvantages

  • Minimal dimensions and weight
  • Passive cooling - absolutely silent operation
  • Cutting-edge, high-resolution Retina displ
  • Lower performance
  • Only one USB-C port

MacBook Air

MacBook Air If you are looking for an affordable, light, and thin notebook with long battery life and MacOS, we recommend the MacBook Air series. Due to its size and excellent battery, it is a very popular choice among students. Apple also has the latest version of MacBook Air equipped with 1.8GHz Core i5 processors, so performance is definitely not an issue.

Advantages and disadvantages

  • Extremely long battery life
  • Solid performance
  • More ports compared to MacBook 12"
  • Older design
  • Lower resolution display

MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro A professional MacBook series for users and professionals looking for a powerful computer to work with graphics software or other demanding applications (especially the 15" model). This laptop series is equipped with the beautiful Retina display and the Intel Core i5 or i7 processor series. You can choose from two versions, namely Macbook Pro 13” and Macbook Pro 15”. In addition, the new MacBook Pro (with the exception of the basic 13" model) comes with the Touch ID fingerprint reader. In 2017, there were marked improvements in the design of the iconic Apple touch pad, the use of Intel's 7th generation Kaby Lake processors, and dedicated graphics cards (in 15" models).

Advantages and disadvantages

  • High performance
  • Cutting-edge, high-resolution Retina display with excellent brightness
  • Long battery life
  • 15” models come with a dedicated graphics card
  • Only USB-C connectors
  • The basic 13" model has a 128GB SSD
  • Slightly higher weight

Frequently asked questions when buying a MacBook

Should I pay extra for the MacBook?

It all depends on what you are planning to use your laptop for. Comparably powerful Windows laptops tend to be cheaper, but their build quality is inferior compared to MacBooks, they usually have shorter battery life, and the Windows operating system is not as well optimised. It also depends on what software you will use. Usually there are alternative programs for Mac OS and Windows, but this is not always the case.

Can I play games on my MacBook?

There are games that can run on the MacBook, yes. If you are a gamer, however, you should probably buy a laptop with the Windows operating system, which has significantly better gaming support. Gaming laptops also have more powerful hardware.

Mac OS or Windows?

There is no clear answer to this question. Mac OS is perfectly optimised, making MacBooks wonderfully responsive and mostly immune to the gradual slowdown and bloat you may know from your Windows machines. At the same time, Mac OS is very simple, to the point it’s easy to grasp even for a complete layman. On the other hand, it provides less freedom than Windows. The key factor is therefore your personal preference and the software you want to use, because not all applications are available for both operating systems.

Gaming laptops

Gaming laptops

  • Designed specifically for gaming
  • Powerful graphics card
  • Also suitable for computationally demanding work
  • Tend to be bigger and have a larger display
  • Typically feature a very distinctive design

Whether you are a hardcore gamer or simply like to occasionally play a game or two, you will undoubtedly appreciate the performance of gaming notebooks that combine the power of the gaming desktop computer with laptop portability. Unlike regular laptops, these are often equipped with full-fledged desktop processors and a dedicated graphics card. They also feature useful extras such as a high-quality sound system or a backlit keyboard.

Advantages and disadvantages
  • Maximum performance for gaming
  • Gaming-themed design
  • Sufficiently powerful performance even for professional software
  • Larger dimensions and weight
  • Lower battery life

Key parameters when choosing a gaming laptop

Graphics card

The graphics card is the most important component in any gaming laptop as it determines its graphics performance. When choosing, it is a good idea to choose the most powerful graphics card that your budget allows.

If you want to play games with a reasonable level of detail, make sure to choose a laptop with the Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics card at the minimum.

System memory

For games, it is best to choose a notebook with a memory capacity of at least 8GB. Having more RAM never hurts, though.

Processor

For optimum performance in games, we recommend choosing quad-core processors. However, gaming laptops feature rather powerful processors by default. This is why we recommend paying more attention to the graphics card model when choosing.

SSD + HDD storage

On the SSD, you have an operating system, games, and applications installed, so everything works as fast as possible. You can use a high-capacity classic hard disk to store music, movies, photos, or other data. You get the storage capacity and speed packed in one notebook.

Frequently asked questions when choosing a gaming laptop

Gaming laptop or desktop computer?

A desktop computer will give you better performance for the same price. However, the monitor, keyboard, and speakers also cost something, so you have to keep that in mind. The laptop is also inherently mobile and portable, so you can also play on the go. Therefore, the answer to your question primarily depends on whether you need to have your computer with you all the time or not.

What display size should I choose?

Choose the screen size depending on how often you travel with your laptop. Graphics look better on bigger displays (over 17"), but these laptops are also quite large and cumbersome to carry around. The 15" diagonal is often considered an ideal compromise between mobility and display size.

What is their battery life like?

When designing a gaming laptop, the designers primarily care about the performance. Gaming laptops use components that offer high performance, but also have higher power consumption. Battery life strongly depends on what you do on your laptop; playing games consumes so much power the battery life can drop to mere 3 hours, but if the notebook is doing something less performance-intensive (working in MS Office, browsing the web, etc.), the gaming laptop's battery lasts considerably longer. Still, you should not expect to get the battery life typical for small, highly portable laptops.

Can I connect my gaming notebook to an external monitor or TV?

Yes, gaming laptops have an external monitor/TV output. So you can enjoy your games on the big screen while keeping your laptop portable.

Professional laptops

Professional and business laptops

  • Designed for professionals and demanding users
  • Top-notch build quality
  • Windows Pro
  • Docking port and premium warranty

If you require maximum reliability from your laptop, then choose one of the so-called professional laptops. They are made with the highest quality materials, provide a premium manufacturer warranty, and can be plugged into a docking station. The standard for this category is, for example, an Intel Core processor, at least Full HD display resolution, and durable construction. Professional laptops also include models specifically designed for demanding 3D graphics software. This type is an ideal compromise between an office laptop and a powerful desktop computer, which you can always take with you when you are travelling.

Advantages and disadvantages
  • High build quality and durable construction
  • Extreme performance models
  • Top-notch display
  • Extended warranty
  • Higher price

Key parameters when choosing a professional laptop

Processor

A powerful processor is a must for professional laptop models designed to work with programs that require high computational performance. Professional laptops designed for complex calculations are therefore fitted with the most powerful mobile processors available.

Graphics card

Professional Nvidia Quadro and AMD FirePro graphics cards have significantly better performance in 3D CAD applications and high-accuracy computing. Unlike gaming graphics cards, these graphics are optimised specifically for this purpose, but at the expense of their gaming performance. For normal office work, however, an ordinary integrated graphics card is more than enough.

System memory

If you want a smoothly running operating system and responsive software applications, make sure to choose a professional laptop with at least 8GB of RAM. Powerful workstations can have up to 64GB of system memory.

Storage size

To work with 3D graphics or video, a professional laptop should have a sufficient disk capacity. Ideal is the combination of a SSD for fast system and program performance and a high-capacity hard drive with a few TB of storage space. For work in office programs, a single SSD should be enough.

Warranty

Aside from the components, professional warranty is another key factor when choosing a professional laptop. You can often find the co-called NBD - Next Business Day warranty or on-site service option.

Dock connector

For a convenient connection of all peripherals and multiple monitors, it is advisable to have a laptop dock connector. All accessories are plugged into a docking station that connects to a single connector while charging the laptop in the process.

Frequently asked questions when buying a professional laptop

I would like to use a professional laptop mainly to play games. Is it a good idea?

Even a professional laptop can play games, but this type is not exactly designed for it. For the same price, you can purchase a gaming notebook that would be far more suitable for the purpose.

I am an amateur graphic artist. Should I buy a professional laptop?

If you work with 3D graphics, look for professional laptops that include models with professional graphics cards (Nvidia Quatro, AMD FirePro) that are designed for work with graphics software.

What is the difference between a professional laptop and an office laptop?

Professional laptops usually offer better build quality, better display, docking connector, and extended warranty. If you need high performance to work with 3D graphics, professional notebooks allow you to choose models equipped with a professional graphics card (Nvidia Quatro, AMD FirePro). Professional laptops also typically feature long battery life, except for extreme performance models designed for working with performance-intensive graphics software.

Office notebooks

Office laptops

  • For ordinary office work
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Good battery life

Office laptops are designed for work comfort and efficiency. A good office laptop should have a 15.6" display that provides plenty of screen space for work and good portability. Make sure the laptop has a comfortable keyboard with a numeric keypad and long battery life. If your work does not involve anything particularly complex or performance-intensive, you can make do with a smaller display resolution (HD/FullHD) and you don’t have to worry about the graphics card too much, because even a standard integrated graphics card is enough for common office tasks.

Advantages and disadvantages
  • Affordable price
  • Sufficient performance for ordinary office tasks
  • Usually made of plastic
  • Modest display specifications

Key parameters when choosing an office notebook

Battery life

If you often use your laptop on the go or without an electrical outlet nearby, good battery life is absolutely crucial. If you want your laptop to keep up with you for the whole workday, make sure to look for laptops with a maximum battery life of 10 hours or more.

Fast storage

Storage capacity is not critical for routine office tasks, but most modern office laptops offer over 256GB of disk space, which is good enough. A SSD or SSD/HDD combination has a significant positive impact on system and application speed and responsivity.

Keyboard

The laptop’s keyboard should have a numeric keypad to make your work more comfortable, especially if you deal with numbers often. A backlit keypad comes in handy if you find yourself working at night.

Frequently asked questions when choosing an office laptop

Can I occasionally play a game or two on my office laptop?

Office laptops don’t have enough power to handle the latest 3D games, but you can still play older games on lower settings or casual games.

How can I tell if my laptop has a good keyboard?

Keyboard choice often depends on personal preferences. We therefore recommend you visit the seller’s showroom and try the keyboard for yourself.

basic notebooks

Basic laptops

  • For casual, undemanding users
  • Ideal for browsing the web
  • Usually made of plastic

Basic laptops are designed for low-budget users who use their computer to watch movies, browse the web, communicate on social networks, occasionally work in Microsoft Office, or play casual and less demanding games. The main advantage of this category is its great price/performance ratio - nowadays you can buy a very decent laptop for cheap and it will last you a while.

Advantages and disadvantages
  • Low price
  • Sufficient performance for basic tasks
  • Lower resolution display
  • Usually made of plastic
  • Low performance with more complex tasks

Key parameters when choosing a basic laptop

Display

A good display is great to have regardless of whether you use your laptop for work or leisure. The ideal resolution for fine visual output is Full HD, which you will appreciate even more in laptops with a larger display size.

Storage

Storage capacity determines how much data you can store on your laptop. The recommended storage capacity is 256GB or more, but if you don’t store large volumes of data in your laptop you can make do with a smaller drive. In order for your notebook to respond quickly to your commands, we recommend investing in SSD storage.

RAM system memory

We recommend at least 4GB of RAM if you want your laptop to run smoothly.

Frequently asked questions when choosing a basic notebook

Can I use a basic laptop for work?

If your work does not require a high-performance laptop, then yes. Basic laptops can handle standard office work just fine. However, you should expect shorter battery life and lower build quality, which means that you may damage your laptop if you carry it around too often.

Can I play games on a basic laptop?

Basic laptops don’t have the performance necessary to run the latest games. However, you can still use your basic laptop to play older games on lower settings or casual games.

2v1 Notebooks (Convertible)

Convertible (2-in-1) laptops

  • Tiltable or detachable display
  • Multiple modes of use
  • Always has a touchscreen
  • Modern design
  • Great build quality

Convertible laptops allow you to flip or detach the keyboard from the display. This means you can use it as a standard laptop, but also in a stand, tent, and tablet mode. These laptops have a touchscreen and can be used for both work and leisure.

Advantages and disadvantages
  • Stylish design
  • Touch control options
  • Multiple usage modes
  • Almost all of them feature a glossy display

Convertible (2-in-1) laptop modes

Convertible notebooks are devices with flippable or detachable 360-degree displays. They are more flexible and lighter than standard laptops and offer several different modes of use.

Usage modes

  • Laptop - classic laptop mode, primarily designed for work

  • Stand - suitable for watching movies or presentations

  • Tent - similar to Stand mode, suitable for video calls, watching films, etc.

  • Tablet - for comfortable Internet browing wherever you are, for example while sitting in an armchair

Notebooks two in one

Frequently asked questions when choosing a convertible laptop

Does the classic laptop design have any notable advantages over 2-in-1 devices?

Laptop design is always a matter of compromise, and with 2-in-1 devices, their versatility and stylish design generally means that they can rarely accommodate truly powerful, high-performance components. For this reason, professional or gaming laptops usually have a classic laptop design. 2-in-1 devices also rarely have anything but a glossy display, which can be distracting and uncomfortable when working outdoors or near a window.

What are touch controls good for?

You can use touch controls to operate Windows, browse the web, or control your favourite applications. Touch controls are an intuitive alternative to classic mouse or touchpad control. This control scheme is useful, for example, when working in confined spaces or simply when resting.

Glossary - Laptops

Touchpad

Touchpad is a touch-sensitive device that is mostly located in front of the laptop keyboard. Moving your finger across the touchpad desktop replaces the mouse control with your notebook.

HDMI

HDMI stands for High-Definition Multimedia Interface. It offers digital output with integrated sound (or network transmission) and is often used to connect laptops with other devices, such as TVs. It enables multi-channel audio and can handle up to 4K resolution (HDMI 2.0).

Screen diagonal

Denotes the distance between the lower left and upper right corner of the screen, quoted in inches (1" = 2.54cm). Models with larger screens provide more working space, whereas laptops with smaller screens are more suitable for work on the go.

UHD (4K) resolution

A very high resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels that ensures crisp, sharp detail. However, the high number of pixels is slightly lower than the Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080p).

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