I’ve been in the tech world quite a while and one thing remains certain:
While consumer devices such as Tablets and Smart Phones and wearable tech are all the rage, they remain no substitute for a quality production device such as a laptop.
Though manufacturers are getting cheap on the laptop builds, increasingly charging exorbitant prices for increasingly barebone systems, here are three things to be on the lookout for when shopping.
1. A backlit keyboard – I will not buy or consider a device that does not have a backlit keyboard. As someone who has traveled by bus, traiñ, airplane, and have done my share of computing in low light situations, a backlit computer is just a necessity.
2. USB keys are convenient, but they are not a replacement for a built in DVD/CD drive. I prefer the few ounces of additional weight to not having the ability to play CDs or dvds. And installing and running from a live CD or DVD… For me, who is constantly getting various linuhx distros to try, is a must have.
3. Long battery life – While not an endangered feature, like the other two mentioned, battery life still tends to be an after thought, rather than a primary purchase point.
So with those 3 must haves decided on, here are today’s recommended laptops of 2016:
HP Pavilion 15z Windows 10 Laptop PC – AMD A8-7410 Quad Core, Radeon R5 Graphics, 15.6-Inch WLED Touchscreen Display (1366×768), Backlit Keyboard, 1TB Hybrid 5400RPM 8GB NAND SSD Hard Drive, 16GB RAM – At less than $600, it’s a steal!
Dell Inspiron 15.6″ Premium High Performance FHD 1080p Touchscreen Laptop, Intel Core i5 Processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVD, Bluetooth, HDMI, 802.11AC, Backlit Keyboard, Windows 10 – This packs all the must haves, backed by Dell’s industry leading warranty!
Newest Acer Aspire F 15 Premium Laptop PC, 15.6-inch HD Touchscreen Display, Intel Core i5 1.70 GHz Processor, 8GB DDR3L RAM, 1TB HDD, DVD±RW, Backlit Keyboard, Wifi, Bluetooth, HDMI, Windows 10 – I’m not the biggest fan of ACER, as they tend to load a computer down with bloatware. However if you know a tech person or are reasonably tech savvy yourself you are going to format over the bloatware filled windows that comes with it, and install one of the Linux variants. Hardware wise this Acer hits all the right notes, and comes in over a $100 cheaper than the other two. So definitely worth considering if you need to stay under $500.
With a 15.6″ touchscreen, a superfast 6th gen processor, a built in DVD burner, this was kicked down to honorable mention because it lacks a backlit keyboard. Though there is talk of it being available as an add-on.
Well hope you found this buying guide helpful. Come back soon for more news you can use! 🙂
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