looking at the notebook computer market in 2020, it can only be described as “vibrant”. With the continuous emergence of the demand for online courses and remote meetings, the importance of laptops has also been significantly increased. Some outstanding laptops on the market have even appeared in short supply and long-term shortages. Facts have proved that notebook computers are still a very important product category in the consumer electronics market, and even for a long period, they will still be the backbone of learning, office, and daily life.
Some manufacturers know how to “smartly” use the castration on the configuration or mold to reduce costs, but consumers cannot know the castration from the appearance or configuration information of the product. For example, under normal circumstances, manufacturers will only give simple information of “512GB hard drive” on the configuration information page. From this information alone, it is difficult for us to judge whether this computer uses a more expensive solid-state drive or a lower cost. Mechanical hard drives, and different models of solid-state/mechanical hard drives, are completely different in cost and performance.
The use of information asymmetry to sell products has become a “hidden rule” in the notebook industry. Other details that affect the experience but cannot be distinguished by the naked eye are the heat dissipation system, screen components, I/O interfaces, etc. We are buying laptops At times, additional attention is also needed.
Essentials of laptop purchase
Generally speaking, when buying a notebook computer, you need to separate the target scenes. For example, products used for business office and products used for gaming and entertainment have different points of attention when purchasing. But for laptops, there are some common points between them when purchasing, otherwise, the product is not recommended anyway.
As a digital electronic product, configuration parameters must be paid attention to. From the current point of view, a laptop that can be considered “enough” must at least meet the following points.
1、not less than 16GB of running memory
In theory, a laptop with 8GB of RAM can also allow Windows 10 to run smoothly without opening too many applications, but to be honest, it is very reluctant. If you open multiple software or use a browser such as Chrome to open more than 15 tabs, the fluency of the computer will be visible to the naked eye, and even freezes and suspended animations.
As for the Apple MacBook side, entry-level models such as MacBook Air still have SKUs with 8GB of memory. MacBook Air with 8GB of memory can only be used for simple text editing tasks, but it is the same as Windows notebook in multitasking, even if it is opened multiple Webpages or office suites will also experience obvious lag and delay, and the experience is very reluctant.
Judging from the current software environment, 16GB of memory should become the standard configuration of notebook computers and even all computers. After all, “barely usable” and “enough” are ultimately very different inexperience.
2、There is A to choose A, and there is no A to choose 8 or more cores.
According to past practice, Intel’s CPUs should be stronger in the minds of consumers, especially on mobile platforms. However, from the beginning of 2020, everything changed, AMD launched the 4000 series Dacentrurus mobile chip architecture, whether the number of cores or better than the performance of Intel Core better piece, even if it is positioned lowest Dacentrurus R5 4500U, is enough Let the vast majority of Intel mobile chips out of reach.
Therefore, if the same product has an AMD chip version, the most preferred is the SKU equipped with the AMD chip, and in general, the same computer with the AMD chip will be cheaper. Of course, some manufacturers have a strategic partnership with Intel, and individual models only have Intel chip versions. If you buy at this time, we recommend buying at least 8th generation Core.
3、Memory frequency, SSD model cannot be ignored.
When most notebook computer manufacturers sell their products, they will not mark the frequency of the memory and the model of the SSD. It is often necessary to use professional software or even disassemble the machine to distinguish it after booting. In the experience, the frequency of the memory is very important, especially for AMD’s chips and 11 Core processors. The frequency of the memory will directly affect the performance of the core display or the CPU, and the frequency can be increased. Memory is often more expensive and has better performance.
For laptops on the market, we recommend buying products with a memory frequency above 3000MHz. If you are using a laptop with a core platform, the memory frequency should be at least 4000MHz. But it should be noted that if the manufacturer does not actively mark the memory frequency, it can only rely on various evaluation videos to determine the specific frequency. We must do our homework when purchasing.
As for SSDs, the most common SSDs with better performance are Samsung PM981 (A) or Western Digital’s SN730. These two SSDs are mostly found in high-end products, while first-tier manufacturers such as Lenovo will basically provide this standard for products above 4000 yuan. Two high-end SSDs. However, there are also individual manufacturers that use solid state drives with obvious insufficient performance such as Intel 660P in their products, so special attention is needed when purchasing them.
Although the performance of the 660P solid state is better than that of the mechanical hard disk, the speed of the 660P is really flattering compared to other mid-to-high-end solid state hard disks. It is dubbed by the industry as a “large U disk”. It’s okay to use a laptop lightly. In case you need to load games or huge files, the speed disadvantage of 660P will be magnified, slowing down the overall speed of the computer.
Like the frequency of the memory, we only need to use professional test software or disassembly to determine the hard drive model without the manufacturer’s mark. Therefore, some evaluation videos on the Internet are quite valuable.
4、The workmanship, heat dissipation, and screen cannot be sloppy.
Chips, memory, and SSDs will directly affect the performance of the machine. They are the three core components that are most worthy of attention. In comparison, factors such as workmanship, heat dissipation, and screens have relatively little impact on the experience, but not without them.
Generally speaking, the level of workmanship will increase with the price. Only a small number of manufacturers will work hard to check the workmanship of low-end products. If your purchase budget is less than 5,000 yuan, then it is recommended not to make the workmanship too high. look forward to it.
Also, the probability of workmanship problems with the first batch of new products on sale will be higher. Lenovo’s YOGA 14s 2020 will be returned to the factory for workmanship and will be delayed for one month. Wait, it is recommended to contact after-sales processing, or even return the goods.
For a computer to have good performance, it is not enough to have a good configuration. It also needs the cooling system to keep up, so that the performance can be fully utilized. Especially for gaming laptops, if the heat dissipation fails to keep up, the actual performance of the machine may be far below the nominal level, resulting in an expected drop. However, the heat dissipation level of a machine needs actual testing to know, and we cannot intuitively understand the parameters on paper alone.
When purchasing a laptop, we recommend that the budget starts at 3500 yuan (3499 yuan), and there is no ceiling. At the same time, laptops with a price of more than 10,000 yuan are the best in the field, or they have unique brand bonuses and functional characteristics, and they are relatively narrow for audiences, and there is no need to comment.
The best laptops you can buy today
1、Dell New XPS 13 9300 13.4-inch FHD InfinityEdge Touchscreen Laptop (Silver), Intel Core i7-1065G7 10th Gen, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Windows 10 Pro (XPS9300-7909SLV-PUS)
2、New Apple MacBook Air with Apple M1 Chip(13-inch, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD Storage) – Gold (Latest Model)
3、Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, M1)
New Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Chip (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage) – Space Gray (Latest Model)
The MacBook Pro 13-inch M1 delivers impressive performance and has the longest battery life we’ve ever seen on a Mac. If that’s not enough, paired with Big Sur, you get blistering webpage load times and a better webcam experience –– all thanks to Apple Silicon. In short, the new MacBook Pro is everything Apple said and more.
4、HP ENVY X360 (2020)
THE BEST BUDGET LAPTOP YOU CAN BUY
2020 HP Pavilion x360 14″ FHD WLED Touchscreen 2-in-1 Convertible Laptop, Intel Core i5-1035G1 up to 3.6GHz, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, 802.11ac, Bluetooth, Webcam, HDMI, Fingerprint Reader, Windows 10
5、Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14″ Laptop, 14.0″ FHD 1920 x 1080 Display, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD, AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics, Narrow Bezel, Windows 10, 81W0003QUS, Abyss Blue
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- High-Quality StereoThe Next Level Gaming ExperienceThe Next Level Gaming ExperienceMSI GL65 Leopard 10SFK-062 15.6″ FHD 144Hz 3ms Thin Bezel Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7-10750H RTX2070 16GB 512GB NVMe SSD Win 104.7 out of 5 stars 1,187$1,399.99$1,399.99This gaming laptop is a dream come true for any gamer. It is packed with all the latest technolog…This gaming laptop is a dream come true for any gamer. It is packed with all the latest technolog…
It should be noted that the laptops not mentioned above are not “not recommended”, but because of limited space and limited personal knowledge, they cannot be listed one by one. As for those laptops that cost more than 10,000 yuan, such as Dell XPS 15, ThinkPad X1 Carbon, Alien, etc., these laptops are too far away from ordinary consumers, and those who consider them have their own special needs and products. They are also among the best in their respective fields, so I won’t comment on them here.
At the same time, it should be noted that now is not a good time for gaming notebook consumers to buy high-priced gaming notebooks. Nvidia will launch RTX 30 series mobile graphics cards next spring, and the first batch of products will also be available immediately. According to the grapevine, the performance of the RTX 30 series mobile platform has improved significantly and the price will not rise too much. Although there is still an unknown “out of stock”, it is still worth the wait.