When making a purchase like this, cost is a major determinant of the features you will get. Dell laptops can cost a lot or a little. It all boils down to the features. Here’s what we found:
If you intend to get a budget-friendly Dell laptop, you should be looking at spending between $250 and $599. Of course, within this group, you will have varying features, hence the price range. If what you want is a moderately priced Dell laptop with matching features, be ready to spend between $600 and $800. This will get you a mid-level Dell laptop that will serve most regular computing needs.
Finally, if you really need all the computing power you can get and want to go for a high-end Dell laptop, you should be ready to spend over $800. This level of laptops will cost an average of about $950, with many costing way more than this because of the features they are loaded with.
If you need a budget-friendly Dell laptop, do not be so concerned about getting a cheap Dell laptop that you do not take the time to consider your computing needs. Ensure you get one that will serve the purpose for which you need the laptop.
Construction and Design
There was a time not too long ago when you didn’t have to think much about what type of laptop you wanted. Today, Dell and other brands offer options, so you now have to ask yourself if you want a regular laptop or a 2-in-1 laptop. The 2-in-1 laptop can be used as a regular laptop or as a tablet. It usually has a touchscreen display and hinges that can be rotated, so it can be folded into different positions, including the tablet position with the keyboard folded back, leaving just the screen. If you see a Dell laptop described as a 2-in-1 laptop, you know exactly what they are talking about.
The first thing most general laptop users look at is the size of the display. You can have a display of 13 inches to a little over 17 inches. The size of the display will not have any direct effect on the performance of the laptop. However, you may have a size preference because of the intended use. Some laptops have touchscreen displays. Not all laptops with touchscreen displays are 2-in-1 laptops. Some are regular laptops with that feature. If you love the convenience of quickly swiping, expanding, and pinching with your fingers, get a laptop with a touchscreen display, or simply go for the more expensive 2-in-1 laptop.
Another thing you may want to consider about the display is the resolution. You may be watching movies on the laptop and want great pictures. You will find descriptions such as HD and FHD. HD stands for High Definition, while FHD stands for Full High Definition. FHD displays will offer higher picture resolution than HD. For higher quality pictures, look for displays that are listed as FHD Truelife or higher. Check for numbers that look like this -1920 x 1080. The higher the numbers, the better the pictures.
The more demanding the laptop use, the more the processing power you should look for. The highest processing power you'll find now is 8th Gen core i7. If all you want to do with your laptop is type documents, watch movies, listen to music, and keep the family’s accounts, you don't need much processing power. A simple dual core, i3, or the like will serve you perfectly. If you do video editing, music production, heavy graphics, serious programming, or gaming, get as much processing power as you can.
The next important thing to consider is the RAM size. While the RAM size will not directly affect the speed of the laptop, it allows the system to run multiple programs at the same time without slowing down. The higher the RAM, the more multi-tasking your laptop can do. It’s always safer to go with as high a RAM size as you can afford.
Check the laptop’s storage drive type and size. If you can, go for Solid State Drives (SSD). These are faster and will help your laptop run smoothly. You should also get a size that is adequate for your use. If you deal with really heavy files, go for more storage. If you're a home user, without many heavy files, get moderately sized storage.
The laptop’s graphic card will not be important to most users. Those who will be concerned about this are gamers, video editors, and graphic designers. If you fall within any of the above categories, you know how important the graphic card is to your work and can choose appropriately.
Performance and Ease of Use
A laptop is primarily designed as a mobile computer, which means it is not expected to be constantly plugged in. For this reason, it's important to consider the laptop’s battery life. Look carefully at this specification to be sure it is ideal for your needs. Be aware of the design and weight of the laptop you want to get. Many Dell laptops are designed to be compact and lightweight to aid transportation. Be sure that the one you have chosen will be convenient for you.
Finally, look at other features the laptop possesses. A number of Dell laptops come with backlit keyboards, which make them perfect for use in dark or poorly lit conditions. You should also look at the ports available on the laptop. Look at the number of USB ports it has, and whether it has an HDMI port or an SD card slot (for those who want to transfer from their SD cards to the laptop). We all won’t need the same ports; just ensure that the ones you need are available.
Enjoy your new Dell laptop.