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You need to look out for some must-have features when buying a new laptop, especially in 2021. I have come up with ten features I need in a new laptop. I hope you can use this article as a guide when you want to get a new machine.

Before we get into this, you need to understand that there is no such thing as a perfect computer, so it is entirely okay if you do not find all ten features in one device. There is always going to be compromises, especially when it comes to your budget. But hopefully, these will give you an idea of what to look for. Also you will want to sell your laptop before or after you get a new one. We offer cash for good used and broken computers.



Best Display


It is the most crucial component of a laptop. When choosing the best display, you should look out for four factors:

  1. screen resolution
  2. color gamut
  3. brightness levels
  4. refresh rate


Screen Resolution– While 1080p is a good baseline to start with, there has been a sudden shift towards 16×20 aspect ratio displays that offer more vertical screen real estate. In that case, a 1200p, 1440p or 1600p (for bigger laptops) is a good pick. However, if you are a creator, upgrading to a 4K panel will be beneficial provided you stick to a 16-inch screen or anything more extensive.


Color Gamut – There are a range of colors that are visible to the human eye. So the wider the color gamut percentage is, the better the color reproduction. There are three different measurements on most laptops: sRGB, Adobe RGB, and DCI-P3. It is essential to pick a display that reaches at least 100 percent sRGB and the highest number possible for the Adobe RGB and the DCI-P3.


Brightness Levels– Brightness is usually measured in nits, so the higher the screen backlight level, the better the experience. Most laptops offer 300 to 350 nits which is an excellent option, but some more expensive panels get up to 500 nits.


Refresh Rate– This is measured in hertz. And that represents a display that can refresh an image per second—the higher the number, the smoother the experience.


Conclusion: Vibrant colors, high brightness, fast refresh rate, and a modern resolution= not all needed, but find what you value



Extended Warranty


While this differs from one brand to another, every new laptop comes with one or two years of coverage. But I would recommend extending your warranty if you are worried about the future or don’t trust yourself with your laptop. Some brands offer or include accidental incidents. You should not pay more than $100 for an extended warranty.

Conclusion: Better safe than sorry





Having easy access to components is nice, but it depends on the laptop you are shopping for. For instance, thin and light laptops are impossible to upgrade. On the other hand, you can upgrade most gaming laptops, but not everyone is comfortable opening their expensive devices. You will find several video guides on how to open and disassemble laptops in our blog.

Conclusion: Know what you’re going to use it for 





A lot of manufacturers sell their base models with 8GB of RAM. That may not be enough for light uses, so try to maximize your memory right away. 16GB should be the bare minimum, and the storage can be upgraded in the long run since most laptops come with replaceable M.2 drives.

Conclusion: Get the right memory now, rather than later



Battery Size


The main reason you are getting a laptop is to make your computing experience seamless while unplugged. For students or professionals, it is crucial to have a laptop that lasts all day.

For thin and light laptops, 55 to 70-watt hours is a good range in terms of size. That will last you between 12 to 14 hours with fair usage. Also, avoid laptops with big screens and small batteries, as most manufacturers use this to save money.

Conclusion: Make sure it lasts 





Manufacturers compromise on the number of ports on thin and light laptops because of their slim profile. It may mean having to carry about a packet of dongles. It is essential to understand USB branding for speed so make sure you get a laptop with at least one full-sized HDMI and USB 3.2 Gen 2 port since it is the standard.

Conclusion: Don’t short yourself on a standard 



Glass Touchpad


Unlike a plastic touchpad, a glass touchpad on a laptop tends to be smoother, more accurate, and easier to clean. It used to be only available on higher-end laptops, but budget-friendly computers have incorporated them more regularly.

Conclusion: The modern trend is made for everyone



Good Mic and Webcam


Most laptops in the market have a trashy webcam and microphone. It is essential to look for the best quality webcam and mic. It would be best if you also avoided nose cams that are usually placed at the bottom bezels.

Conclusion: Have quality in all parts of your machine





You should pick the right keyboard to enable you to work faster and efficiently but keep in mind that every keyboard needs some getting used to. Consider factors such as feedback, spacing, and backlighting. Ideally, keys with a longer travel distance provide satisfying actuation with a bit of force involved.

Conclusion: Make sure it feels right 





It is vital to pick the right CPU for your needs. If you use a thin and light laptop, you might think that you need the fastest CPU for best performance, but in reality, looking into an i5 and Ryzen 5 give you good results.

Conclusion: Don’t spend too much on something you don’t really need 





It is impossible to find one laptop that can achieve all ten above mentioned features, but depending on your budget, you may hit like six or seven of those features – which is a very good. Use this guide in mind to get the best device for your computing experience.



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