There is a set of features that a general-purpose laptop should have in order to be “good.” Regardless of any other preferences you may have, you should make sure the general-purpose laptop you choose fits these requirements, according to The Verge.
- A screen with a minimum resolution of 1920 by 1080. In the current market, high-profile devices with lower resolutions than this are still marketed, and those models are not good.
- Two or more ports as well as a headphone jack. Although many of the top laptops now available are equipped with exactly two USB-C ports and a headphone jack, I wish I could put a far higher figure here. This has already gone too far. No matter how much you enjoy your Thunderbolt dock, I’m going to say it right now: a laptop with less than two ports is not optimal.
- Effective fans that are not overly loud. People, the year is 2022. Your laptop is bad if my five Chrome tabs are transforming your chassis into a toaster and your fans into a symphony band. I believe a device that you can hear all over the office while it’s not doing anything hard is an absolute thumbs-down.
- Backlighting for keyboards. This is important for working late at night and is especially useful for people who are blind. The best computers require it.
- Keys that travel at least 1mm. I’m aware that there is a subset of people who (inexplicably, to be clear) adore flatter keyboards. But even if you consider yourself a fan of flat keyboards, I can assure you that you do not need keys with a travel distance of less than 1mm. Nobody wants to be in Butterfly Keyboard territory.
- A minimum seven-hour battery life for general use. Even at modest prices, five-hour battery lifespans in this category are just no longer acceptable. Tell them they are mistaken and forward them this post if someone tries to recommend a laptop to you that reviewers have only gotten less than seven, or possibly six and a half hours on.
- An operational processor. It’s time to cease using Celeron in laptops. Even for people with fairly light workloads, they are too slow; even if you have a tight budget, I promise you will save cash in the long run by purchasing a chip that will last longer. The best processor for you will depend on your workload. Celeron, I’m sorry. You performed admirably.
- RAM and storage. Storage and RAM. The bare minimum a good laptop should have for Windows is 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. I wouldn’t recommend notebooks with 128GB of storage because Windows alone will eat up a lot of it, leaving you with very little memory.
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