There’s no time like sale time to upgrade your tech. For those looking to buy a laptop, there are several options to consider. Depending on usage, and price point, we’ve picked laptops for a multitude of uses.
For Your Home Office
Your home office essentials list will read something like this: ergonomic furniture, superb coffee machine and, most importantly, a laptop with all the bells and whistles (just in case junior needs to complete a forgotten school project).
Consider Apple’s all new MacBook Air, which comes pre-loaded with the company’s new MacOS Sierra operating system. Upgrades to the 2017 MacBook include a 12-hour battery life, and 30-day standby time. Other hardware specs include a 13.3” screen, a 480p FaceTime camera, an 8GB RAM and a 128GB SSD. Add to that the benefits of the Sierra software, which includes space-saving optimisations, greater integration of all Apple devices, including the phone and Watch, as well as support from Siri. Yes, she’s on your MacBook too now; just press Cmd+Space, or click on the desktop icon and order away.
iCloud service has also been bumped up, to enable file sharing across all your Macs; selecting the live sync checkbox will make it possible to work on a presentation at home and have it automatically updated on the Mac in your office.
It must be noted that the new versions of the MacBook come equipped with the 3.5mm jack and the USB-C, meaning you will have to buy various adapters to support legacy connections.
For Your Dorm Room
Besides projects, term papers, presentation and dissertations, your computer will also come in handy to watch, say Netflix, or Skype home – and store the pictures, games and music that make college life so tolerable. So one criteria a back-to-school laptop must meet is massive memory. Thankfully, the Lenovo IdeaPad 310 comes with 1TB of storage space. It also comes with D stereo speakers and a 15.6” screen that makes movie-watching less tedious. It’s stylish, functional and most importantly, pocket-friendly.
Meanhile, HP loyalists can think about getting the HP 15-BG008AU. With DTS Studio Sound coming from dual speakers and 500GB of storage space, it’s much more budget-friendly (and a shade lighter) than the Lenovo.
For Business Travel
It’s expensive, yes, but the fourth edition of the Microsoft Surface Pro has garnered a lot of praise from critics for what’s under the hood (the Windows 10 OS, the Intel Core i5 processor) and the hood itself (a 12.5” PixelSense screen with a near-prefect 3:2 aspect ratio). One of the biggest changes to the Surface Pro 4 is in the kickstand. Highly adjustable, it can accommodate the screen at any angle between 22 and 150 degrees. This ultra-thin, ultra-lightweight gadget is easy to carry around on business trips – it weighs just 786g – and has a decent battery life of about 9 hours.
For Everything Else
Everyone needs a home computer, one that allows us to check our email and social media accounts, book holidays, plus store those holiday pictures and sundry personal data. Look no further than the Dell Inspiron 15 3567. This laptop is a solid pick for all these reasons; with 1TB space, storage is not a problem; the laptop also comes equipped with Windows 10, which runs on an Intel i3 6th Gen chip and 4GB RAM.
It also comes with Waves MaxxAudio® speakers and a TrueLife HD display that delivers crisp, bright images that are easy on the eyes. It can be used for anything and everything.
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