How to buy the right laptop

30 Jan, 2023

6 min read

30 Jan, 2023 . 6 min read

Buying a new laptop involves two major steps. One – reaching a decision about which one to buy, and two – figuring out how to pay for the fancy new gadget that you just set your heart on! In this article, we’re going to walk you through how to go about doing both.

The best laptop for you

Choosing the right laptop can be a puzzling business. So here are a few pointers that should help you arrive at the right decision.

  • Purpose

What do you need the laptop for? It could be for work, school, college or general connectivity and recreation. If it’s work, what line of work are you in? If it’s school, is your schooling online? The answer here will form a base for the rest of your answers.

  • Portability
Image of a man walking with his laptop

Do you travel a lot? Though a laptop is typically portable, some are easier to carry around than others. Weight and size considerations make a difference if you move around frequently and pack your laptop with you.

  • OS comfort

Which is your operating system of choice? Are you comfortable with Windows, Mac or Chrome OS? Once you decide on the operating
system you wish to use, you choice of laptop will narrow down considerably.

  • Brand

Do you have brand preferences? Throwing brand names around may be considered shallow in some circles, but not where tech is concerned! Mac and Windows loyalists usually stay in their lanes, sometimes because of brand loyalty but mostly it’s due to habit. So if it’s Mac for you, your choices get automatically limited to Apple laptops. Also, a solid brand means reliable service.

  • Battery life
A laptop with full battery

Battery life is important. It may be a deal breaker if you’re not picking up a heavy duty piece that’s always going to have a power outlet in the vicinity. If your laptop is intended to stay on your lap or go places with you, you will need that 7-8 hours of juice.

  • 2-in-1 or not?

Decide between a traditional clamshell model and hybrid options that can be converted into tablets or made to stand upright or in tent position. Typically, bend-backs lean towards a better laptop experience while detachable models are more tablet style.

  • Test drive the machine

Try out your shortlisted options before arriving at a decision. Your comfort is key – use the keypad, the touchpad and the touchscreen to assess how well the ergonomics suit you.

  • Budget and specs
Woman counting cash she got from selling her old laptop

These are two extremely important factors which are interconnected. Your budget will define your device specifications, just the same way the specs you have in mind will determine the price of your laptop.

Falling short? Here is how you can make up the difference

Not all decisions can be unilateral, and that’s where NorthLadder steps in to help. More often than not, your choice is going to cost significantly more than what you had budgeted for. Not to worry – our solution revolves around letting you finance your laptop yourself! Since you will be buying a new laptop, let your old laptop – or even your used smartphone, tablet or smartwatch – help pay for it.

Here is how:
1. Log on to NorthLadder
2. Enter your device specs
3. Receive a price quote for your used device in minutes
4. Like what you hear? Select our home pick up option and receive instant cash at your home!

Use the cash to upgrade to the laptop of your choice. Sounds interesting? Let us tell you more about how we work. NorthLadder is a unique service where you can sell your laptop, phone, smartwatch and tablet online and get instant cash in a safe, dignified and hassle-free manner. There is a significant difference between the average dealer price and maximum price you get if you sell your electronics online with NorthLadder. How do we manage to give you a good deal? The devil is in the details – NorthLadder has set up a platform of dealers who participate in an auction for your device. What you get is the highest bid or the best price for your used electronics from this auction. There are no hidden costs and no surprises. NorthLadder also offers a home pick up service to give you the option of carrying out the deal from the convenience of your home. To understand how exactly we work, visit our website, or get in touch at .

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