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Best Internal Laptop Components 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated April 1, 2019
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Maurice TurnerHi, I’m Maurice Turner. After more than 34 hours of research and testing, which included using 21 different internal laptop components in five cities and interviewing product teams at five major companies, I made a list of the best internal laptop components of 2018

I will go through the main features and what you should consider when deciding which one to pick over the other. What I would like you to remember as you browse my website is that I don’t work in the industry so the reviews I have are based on good old fashioned honesty.

Best Internal Laptop Components of 2018

So, what exactly would anyone want to know about internal laptop components? I know most of us don’t really care much about the history and the origin, all we want to know is which of them is the best. Of course, I will spare you the history and go straight on to the best internal laptop components. Here, I will review 3 of the best internal laptop components of 2018, and we will also discuss the things to consider when looking to purchase one. I hope you will make an informed decision after going through each of them.

I want to find something that’s designed well (both for aesthetic purposes and efficiency). Not all internal laptop components are created equal though.

Test Results and Ratings

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№1 – Seagate 1TB BarraCuda SATA 6Gb/s 128MB Cache 2.5-Inch 7mm Internal Hard Drive

 
Seagate 1TB BarraCuda SATA 6Gb/s 128MB Cache 2.5-Inch 7mm Internal Hard Drive

Pros
The thinnest and highest-capacity 2.5-Inch Hard Drive available
Choose 7mm – 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacity options – for easy-to-upgrade laptop/mobile storage
With 3TB and 5TB capacity options, the 15mm barracuda 2.5-Inch Hard Drive allows you to easily store most of your games, music, movies and more
Cons
We’ve been using it for 4 months and didn’t notice any flaws.
 
Total:
4.8

Why did this internal laptop components win the first place?

The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! The rear part fits perfectly! It is mounted really tight and reliable.

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№2 – Seagate 4TB BarraCuda SATA 6Gb/s 256MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Hard Drive

 
Seagate 4TB BarraCuda SATA 6Gb/s 256MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Hard Drive

Pros
Cost-effective storage upgrade for laptop or desktop computers
Store all your games, music, movies and more with up to 4TB of storage
SATA 6Gb/s interface optimizes burst performance
Cons
It gets scratched easily..
A little bit heavy.
 
Total:
4.5

Why did this internal laptop components come in second place?

I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice.

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№3 – 2TB SATA Notebook Laptop 2.5″ Hard Drive for Sony Playstation PS4

 
2TB SATA Notebook Laptop 2.5

Pros
SATA III 6Gb/s interface
2.0 Terabyte, 5400RPM, 32MB cache
Advanced Format, industry standard 4K sector size
Cons
I didn’t like the attitude of managers and the overall quality of service..
The knob at the top is rather flimsy.
 
Total:
4.3

Why did this internal laptop components take third place?

It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. A very convenient model. It is affordable and made of high-quality materials. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new.

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Internal Laptop Components Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy internal laptop components, right? No!

Quick Tips

If you’re in a hurry, these are the most important things to consider when choosing a new laptop. For a lot more detail, see the sections below.

12.5 to 14-inch  screens offer the best balance between usability and portability. Larger screens are fine if you don’t travel much and smaller models are great for kids.

SSD Storage instead of a hard drive.

8+ hours of battery life is ideal if you plan to take your laptop anywhere at all.

Consider a 2-in-if you want to use your laptop as a tablet. If not, a standard clamshell notebook may be a better choice.

Chromebooks are good for kids. Windows laptops and MacBooks both offer plenty of functionality; which platform you prefer is a matter of personal taste.

Chrome OS

Found on inexpensive “Chromebooks” such as the Lenovo 100S Chromebook, Google’s OS is simple and secure, but limited. The user interface looks a lot like Windows with an application menu, a desktop and the ability to drag windows around, but the main app you use is the Chrome browser. The downside is that many of the “web apps” you use don’t work particularly well offline. However, that’s changing as a few Chromebooks, including the high-end, Google PixelBook, can now run Android apps.

If you need a device to surf the Web and check email, navigate social networks and chat online, Chromebooks are highly portable and tend to offer good battery life at low prices. They are also extremely popular with schools and parents, because they are hard for kids to infect with malware.

Choose the Right Size

Before you look at specs or pricing, you need to figure out just how portable you need your laptop to be. Laptops are usually categorized by their display sizes:

1to 1inches: The thinnest and lightest systems around have 11- to 12-inch screens and typically weigh 2.to 3.pounds,

1to 1inches: Provides the best balance of portability and usability, particularly if you get a laptop that weighs under pounds.

1inches: The most popular size, 15-inch laptops usually weigh 4.to 6.pounds. Consider this size if you want a larger screen and you’re not planning to carry your notebook around often.

1to 1inches: If your laptop stays on your desk all day every day, a 17- or 18-inch system could provide you with the kind of processing power you need to play high-end games or do workstation-level productivity.

Here are the main components to keep an eye on.

CPU: The “brains” of your computer, the processor has a huge influence on performance, but depending on what you want to do, even the least-expensive model may be good enough. Here’s a rundown.

Intel Core i5: If you’re looking for a mainstream laptop with the best combination of price and performance, get one with an Intel Core iCPU. Models that end in U (ex: Core i5-7200U) are the most common.  Those with the a Y in the name are low power and have worse performance while models with an HQ use more wattage and appear in thicker gaming and workstation systems. Intel’s new 8th Generation, “Kaby Lake Refresh” CPUs have model numbers that begin with (ex: Core i5-8250U) and double the number of cores from two to four, which dramatically improves performance.

Intel Core i7: A step up from Core i5, which Models with numbers that end in HQ or K use higher wattage and have four cores, allowing for even faster gaming and productivity. There are also Core iY series chips that have lower power and performance. Keep an eye out for CPUs that have a in the model number (ex: Core i7-8250U) because they are part of Intel’s latest, 8th Generation Core Series, and offer better performance. However, 8th Gen processors are only available in the U series right now.

Intel Core i3: Performance is just a step below Core iand so is the price. If you can possibly step up to a Core i5, we recommend it.

AMD Ryzen Mobile: A new set of chips that are designed to compete with Intel Core iand Core i7. 

AMD A, FX or E Series: Found on low-cost laptops, AMD’s processors — the company calls them APUs rather than CPUs —  provide decent performance for the money that’s good enough for web surfing, media viewing and productivity.

Intel Core m / Core i/ i”Y Series” — Low-power and low heat allow systems with these processors to go fanless. Performance is better than Celeron, but a notch below regular Core iU series.

Intel Xeon: Extremely powerful and expensive processors for large mobile workstations. If you do professional-grade engineering, 3D modeling or video editing, you might want a Xeon, but you won’t get good battery life or a light laptop. 

Don’t Skimp on Battery Life

If you’re buying large, bulky notebook that you’ll use only on a desk near an outlet, you don’t have to worry about battery life. However, if you plan to use the laptop on your lap, even if it’s at home and or work, you’ll want at least hours of endurance, with 8+ hours being ideal. To determine a notebook’s expected battery life, don’t take the manufacturer’s word for it. Instead, read third-party results from objective sources, such as our reviews.

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Laptop Buying Guide: What to look for when laptop shopping

Choosing a new laptop is a lot harder than it should be. Every major brand has multiple product lines with overlapping prices and features, and every description is filled with jargon about processors, types of storage, graphics capabilities, screen resolutions and a laundry list of ports and connections. And don’t even get me started on names. Good luck figuring out the meaning behind a Pavilion/Inspiron/XPS/Latitude/Spectre/Envy/ZenBook/Odyssey or any of the others. It’s enough to make you go back to a no. pencil and a composition book.

That’s why we test and review dozens of traditional laptops every year, plus Windows tablets and 2-in-hybrids, and even Chromebooks. This handy buying guide will give you the basic background info you need to add context to those reviews and to make a smart purchase. Of course, if you’re looking to just jump right in, I’ve preselected a handful of my favorite current laptops to highlight. If you ran into me on the street, I’d probably steer you towards one of these as a starting point.

Travel light

The first question I have when someone asks, “What kind of laptop should I buy?” is this: How many days per week do you plan on carrying your laptop around with you?

Daily or near-daily commutes mean you want something with a 13-inch or smaller display, that weighs under three pounds and is at most around 15mm thick. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro just hits those specs, while systems like the HP Spectre and Acer Swift both dip below 10mm thick.

Toshiba P300 3TB

If all you care about is getting the most bang (or storage) for your buck, then you cannot do better than the Toshiba P300, a hard disk drive that has been designed to consume as little power as possible (just 6.4W in read/write mode).

The Japanese company, which invented flash memory amongst other things, is not well known for its storage devices. This model steals the show by offering the cheapest per TB price at just over£25.

This Toshiba drive has a 7200RPM rotational speed (faster than the 5400RPM models usually seen in this price range), with a surprisingly big 64MB cache and is relatively quiet when in use, at 25dBA. It is not the fastest drive around, but if you just want a cheap internal HDD, it’s probably your best bet.

Best internal hard disk drive (overall value for money)

WD Blue 1TB

If you’re looking for the best possible price for a large capacity hard drive, then the WD Blue 1TB hard drive is a good shout, at just £42.

It comes with 1TB of storage space, which is pretty impressive considering the price, 64MB buffer and is capable of 7200RPM speeds, so your data transfers are going to remain fast.

It’s not the most efficient hard drive out there, as it uses 6w when in use, but for the price you’ll need to make a few sacrifices.

If 1TB isn’t enough, this drive also comes in 2TB – 6TB versions as well.

WD Red 8TB NAS Drive £326.3from PC World

A recent evolution in the internal hard drive market has been the segmentation according to usage with NAS (network attached storage) being targeted as a particularly promising segment.

All the major HDD manufacturers (WD, Seagate and HGST) have introduced new NAS products. Toshiba is the only one without a dedicated NAS hard drive line.

Rather than focusing on performance, these drives zero on reliability and the ability to perform in a 24/environment which explains why they are usually bought in lots rather than individually.

If you want a high capacity hard drive with NAS-specific features for keeping it running safely 24/7, then the WD Red 8TB NAS is a great option. The high capacity means you can set up two or more of these in mirror RAID configurations and still have plenty of storage space for your important files.

WD Blue 1TB or HGST Travelstar 1TB

If you want to upgrade the hard disk drive in your laptop for something capacious rather than speedy, there’s only one choice really – swap it for a 1TB hard disk drive.

The HGST Travelstar 1TB 2.5-inch hard disk drive is a great candidate and is part of the 5K1000 family, uses a pair of 500GB platters and has 8MB of cache. This is a 9.5mm drive so won’t be compatible with a lot of laptops out there.

The 1TB WD Blue is a thinner 7mm model, backed by 16MB of cache with the rest of the specs similar to the HGST Travelstar (not really a surprise given that HGST and WD are part of the same holding).

That 2.5mm shrinkage comes at a price though, and you’ll pay around 25% more compared to the Travelstar.

Seagate 1TB SSHD

The PSmakes it easy to replace its default hard drive with a standard 2.5-inch drive, and for the best price/performance/capacity an SSHD is the way to go.

By installing the Seagate 1TB SSHD your PSwill get a speed boost – so games load faster – while also getting plenty of space thanks to its 1TB capacity.

Seagate ST4000LM016

Seagate makes the largest portable hard disk drive in terms of capacity. At 4TB, this carries a near-60% premium on the standard 3.5-inch models.

But it has a much higher data transfer rate, consumes modest amount of power and has a much bigger buffer size (128GB for that particular model).

Its high platter density (they use four 500GB ones) should also translate into much faster read/write speeds compared to physically bigger 3.5-inch hard drives.

In addition, they usually come with a longer warranty (Seagate provides this drive with a 3-year one) as well as a bunch of other features like QuietStep, Ramp Load and advanced format 512e. Just bear in mind that this is a 15mm model which will not fit in all the existing 2.5-inch slots available.

HGST Travelstar 7K1000 £5from Scan

Not everybody can afford to pay for a large capacity SSD so if you’re looking for a laptop hard drive that delivers both on performance AND with space to spare, check out the Travelstar 7K1000 from HGST.

It is a 9.5mm model that has a 32MB buffer and two 500GB platters plus a two-year warranty. What makes it special, though, is that it is one of the handful of 7200RPM drive in the 2.5-inch category we know of.

Spinning 33% faster means higher transfer rates but that has a negative effect on power consumption, noise and heat dissipation.

It also carries a small premium over its slower 5400RPM counterparts. Sadly, there are no affordable bigger models and if you’re looking for a 2TB hard disk drive, you shall be looking at an acquisition cost of more than £250!

Toshiba H200

Toshiba is a relative newcomer when it comes to portable hybrid storage devices and its H200 drive packs the usual 8GB of NAND memory (found in competing products) plus 64MB of buffer storage to allow it to surpass traditional hard disk drives.

While its price is around 50% premium over a comparable non-flash drive like the HGST Travelstar, it does come with that additional 8GB of flash.

That should in theory, and in most configurations, boost performance for end users although your mileage will vary depending on your usage.

You also get a two-year warranty which is a nice add-on. As a reminder, a solid state hybrid drive brings together flash memory and traditional spinning hard drive and aims to marry the pros of each (speed and storage capacity).

Two Nvidia GeForce GTX cards in an SLI arrangement

But check first to see which configurations your motherboard supports, before buying more cards than you’ll actually be able to make use of. Certain boards and underlying chipsets support SLI and CrossFireX to varying degrees. (See our guide to motherboard terms.)

Crucial MX200 SSD in M.format

Unlike conventional SSDs, M.drives look less like hard drives and more like expansion cards (or sticks of gum). They connect directly to the motherboard, where supported, via M.interfaces that use either SATA or faster PCI Express bus technology. As is usually the case, the extra speed comes at a price; and that price might be more than you’re willing to spend for the time being. But making sure your system’s motherboard offers an M.connection, even if you’re not going to immediately make use of it, can help make it a little more future-proof. (See our guide to the best M.SSDs.)

Hard Drive Specifications and Performance

Now that you know what kind of drive to buy, it’s time to find the best one that fits your needs. Here’s what you need to consider:

Storage capacity. HDDs come in all sizes, capping out at 16TB per drive due to physical limitations. On the other hand, SSDs are much smaller and have reached as high as 60TB. Even so, consumer-level SSDs are rarely larger than 1TB as of this writing.

Transfer speeds. The performance of a consumer-level HDD is determined by many factors, but revolutions per minute (RPMs) is an important one. Higher RPMs means faster transferring of data to and from the drive.

You can ignore the drive’s SATA speed. For example, a modern drive might be listed as 3.0GB/s and 7200RPM. That first value is the SATA speed, which describes the theoretical maximum speed of a SATA connection. No HDD can transfer data at that kind of speed. However, a 7200RPM drive will always be faster than a 5400RPM drive.

Too low to display

If data security is your primary concern, you might consider something like the Transcend 1TB StoreJet MHDD. It comes with military-grade shock resistance, an anti-shock rubber case, an internal suspension system that can survive drops, and built-in 256-bit AES encryption.

Transcend 500GB StoreJet MMilitary Drop Tested USB 2.0 ExternalHardDrive

Transcend 500GB StoreJet MMilitary Drop Tested USB 2.0 ExternalHardDrive

Military-grade shock resistance, USB 2.0 compliant and backwards compatible with USB 1.0

If speed is of utmost importance and you don’t have that much data to store, then an external SSD might actually be better than an HDD. These are rarer than external HDDs so pickings are slimmer, but good options do exist, such as the Samsung T500GB Portable SSD. Just note that you must use USB 3.to take advantage of its full transfer speed.

Internal Mac Hard Drives

The most important thing is that Mac hard drive upgrades are pretty much DIY projects. You have to tear your device apart just to reach the internal drive, carefully replace it, and then put everything back together. Even the easiest replacement can take at least an hour. This also voids your warranty and any AppleCare insurance you might have

AppleCare: What Are Your Options & Is It Really Worth It?

AppleCare: What Are Your Options & Is It Really Worth It?

High customer satisfaction ratings and a large network of stores capable of performing certain repairs on-site give AppleCare the edge over the average warranty – but are the benefits really worth the price?

External Hard Drives for Mac

For external drives, you have several connection options, listed in order of increasing data transfer speeds: USB 2.0, USB 3.0, USB 3.1, Thunderbolt 2, and Thunderbolt (also known as USB Type-C). We recommend USB 3.0 as the absolute lowest you should go.

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Read More, including why it’s better than HFS+ and how to use it.

But note that most non-Apple devices won’t be able to read HFS+ or APFS drives! There are ways to read HFS+ on Windows

Ways to Read a Mac Formatted Drive in Windows

The Mac drive you are trying to read on Windows may not be broken! Some Mac drives are formatted with HFS+, a file system Windows can’t read unless you use the right tools.

Read More, but APFS is so new that compatibility is severely limited. The only format that cleanly works with both Mac and Windows is FAT3(but it’s old and has several downsides

FAT3vs. exFAT: What’s the Difference and Which One Is Better?

FAT3vs. exFAT: What’s the Difference and Which One Is Better?

A file system is the tool that lets an operating system read data on any hard drive. Many systems use FAT32, but is that the right one, and is there a better option?

Wrapping It All Up

Now you know all there is to know about buying a new hard drive. Once purchased, be sure to take care of your hard drive

How to Care for Your Hard Drives and Make Them Last Longer

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Sometimes an early death is the fault of the manufacturer, but more often than not, hard drives fail earlier than they should because we don’t take care of them.

Read More properly in order to extend its lifespan and keep it clean with these hard drive organization tips

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Cleaning your hard drive is about as much fun as it sounds, but what if you could make a real difference in as little as ten minutes?

Do you have any spare hard drives lying around? Don’t throw them away! Here are some neat ways to breathe new life into old hard drives

Media and Gaming Machines

Before you drop a grand or two on a gaming laptop, you should know what you’re getting for your money. Powerful quad-core processors are par for the course, with Intel Core ichips pushing serious performance even for non-gaming applications. Discrete GPUs from Nvidia and AMD provide silky-smooth graphics and impressive frame rates; some high-end rigs come with two GPUs, helping justify their high prices. External GPU docks are also an option, connected to the laptop via a Thunderbolt cable. Additional features to watch for include high-resolution displays and hard drives that offer 1TB or more of local storage space, so you can store your entire game library on the machine.

Beyond Plastic

As designs get sleeker and slimmer, manufacturers are using an array of materials in their construction. Plastic (or polycarbonate) is the least expensive and most commonly used material in laptop frames, but manufacturers have shown great ingenuity in making plastic not look cheap. The most common technique is in-mold decoration or in-mold rolling, a process made popular by Acer, HP, and Toshiba, in which decorative patterns are infused between plastic layers. This process has evolved into etched imprints and textures, commonly seen on laptop lids.

In the end, though, plastics are often associated with low-priced laptops, while higher-end models rely on metals. Common premium choices include aluminum, which has a more luxurious look, and can be fashioned into a thinner chassis than plastic. Unibody construction, where the entire chassis is made from a single piece of metal, has become the gold standard, as seen on Apple’s MacBook and MacBook Pro lines. Other all-metal designs mimic this same look and feel, securely sandwiching two separate layers together.

Other common chassis materials include magnesium alloy and carbon fiber, both of which add strength while keeping overall weight low. Glass has long been found covering displays, but with ultra-strong variants like Gorilla Glass, you’ll find the material being used in everything from the lid to the touchpad.

Processor

The processor (or CPU) is the brains of the operation. It defines how well your laptop runs and how well it can multi-task. Intel processors are typically used alongside NVIDIA graphics cards and AMD’s Ryzen processors are typically used alongside AMD graphics cards.

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Resolution – A full HD resolution of 1920×1080 is considered the minimum monitor resolution for gaming. Higher resolutions are available, but this comes at the cost of refresh rate speed. It’s important to find the right balance between screen quality and your graphics card – a sweet spot with fast frame rates and a quality display.

Refresh rate – Refresh rate defines how fast images change on the monitor. The faster the refresh rate, the smoother your gaming experience will be.

Motion blur – Blur reduction decreases the amount of time a frame appears on screen, meaning you should see less colour streaks and blurring for more stable gameplay.

Screen size – Screen sizes range from around 2inches to 3inches. The best size depends on how far you like to sit from the screen.

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Gaming on a budget

The best price-to-performance ratio, with no dealbreaking flaws.

Strengths: Cheaper and more portable than our main gaming pick, these are for gaming with midrange graphics and 15-inch screens instead of 17-inchers.

Good for: Gamers again, though with tighter budgets or smaller backpacks, especially students

Unfortunately, every affordable gaming laptop we’ve tested has had at least one serious flaw. After spending more than 3hours testing 1cheap gaming laptops, we found that the Dell Inspiron 17000 (7577) is the best one in this price range. It has far better graphics performance than anything else at this price, and it keeps its components and most-touched surfaces cool enough for long gaming sessions. It also has a decent keyboard and trackpad and a great screen, and it’s the easiest to upgrade. But it has mediocre battery life—like most gaming laptops—and its fans get distractingly loud when gaming.

Hard drive speed

Hard drive (or harddisk) is used to store your permanent data, your graphic files, the PSDs, AIs, TIFFs, PDFs, whatever. It’s much slower than RAM at storing and reading data. So it directly affects the speed at which you work, in little ways which can accumulate to huge time wastage. The OS is also stored on the hard drive, which explains why it takes a while to start up.

Hard drives come in many speeds. 7200RPM, 15,000RPM, 5400RPM. RPM is how they measure hard drive speed. Typically desktop computers will come with 7200RPM, laptops with 5400RPM.

If the speed are not listed on computers you’re buying, ask a salesman, or get the model number of the hard drive and look up on the Internet.

Processors

At least a dual-core processor if you want to be comfortable. Anything more is because you need the processing power, especially for 3D rendering.

Get at least a dual-core processor, probably 2Ghz dual-core.

Nowadays most computers come with quad-core. Not many applications utilize quad-cores, but they are good to get if the price difference isn’t too much over the dual-core. That’s because the OS can use assign the processors to OS functions, and some processors to the software, and when there’s no sharing of processor, you get better response.

Graphics card

Unless you’re doing 3D modeling, you probably won’t require a high end card. 2D digital painting, vector work or layout don’t really require that card to calculate 3D data. Generally speaking, the graphics card that already come with your computer should suffice.

If you use a particular 3D software, you should check out the graphics cards recommended by the software company. Each 3D software might have their own little quirks when running on non-recommended graphics card.

And if you want to play games besides art, check the list of recommended graphics cards for the game.

Graphics card on laptops can’t be upgraded after purchase so choose your laptops wisely. If you don’t need to play games, you can save some money here.

Software

Sometimes computers come with bundled software that are “free” (as advertised) or heavily discounted. They are not really free because you pay for everything you get.

However if you have the chance to not buy them, especially Microsoft Office, don’t buy them. You can find a lot of opensource (equivalent to free and legal) software that have similar functionality. Heck, even Photoshop has an opensource competitor like GIMP.

Computers don’t usually come with art software so you’ll have to buy them. The two licenses you should note are education and commercial. The cheaper education licenses are for learning purposes. Commercial licenses are for artists who want to make money off their work.

Monitor

Get an LCD monitor with a high resolution, with lots of pixels. The more pixels you have, the more things you can display on screen. For example, a 1920 by 1200 resolution screen (about 2inch) can display almost two web pages side by side.

I would recommend at least 1600 pixels wide (about 20 inch) which will give you enough work area as well as space to put the palettes and other controls.

Glossy or non-glossy will depend on your personal preference. I recommend glossy.

Get IPS panels for your monitor. They have better colour reproduction, colour accuracy, wider viewing angles and can display more colours. Do not get TN panels for graphic work.

I recomend

Dell IPS monitors. I’ve used several models over the years and they are really quality monitors and worth the money.

There is not much difference but I’m sure marketing departments will say otherwise. At similar specifications, how different can Brand A be from Brand B?

What’s important is the service and warranty plans that come with the computer. Computers can break down and it’s really a luck issue. Do they have a local service center where you can bring it in? Do they have technicians who on-site servicing? Does the warranty cover all parts and services? These are the questions you should ask, and more so if you’re asked to buy extended periods of warranty. Amazingly, sometimes extended warranty terms are different from 1st-year warranty terms.

Windows vs Mac

Today, Macs and Windows are comparable in functionality. What you can do on Windows, you can also do on a Mac, unless you require some super specialized software that has no Mac equivalent. If your software has the same name, e.g. Photoshop version whatever, their files still work with on either platform.

Macs are typically more expensive, when compared based solely on specifications. One big difference is the operating system. Macs uses Mac OS, without which will make it as cheap as the cheapest Dell. The workflow between these two OS is slightly different, like how they manage files, find stuff, move things around. Differences might not be as great as you think. Both are user friendly, especially now that Windows is out.

The best way to decide is to head down to an Apple store to get a feel.

Personally, I use a Mac at home and really love it. There are no viruses and no problems with stability, which many of my Windows friends say about their system also. The real winner here is the lack of maintenance you have to do, basically none. If there’s anything wrong, it’s always the hardware. For Windows computers, it’s hard to troubleshoot if you don’t know if it’s a hardware or software problem.

The other reason for the Mac is because there are no games — no distraction. And if you really need Windows, you have Boot Camp software which will help you install Windows onto your Mac.

Other stuff

Having backups is important. I always make sure I’ve duplicate copies of all my files at any single time. That means I have a few additional external hard drives. Sometimes I have external drives to backup external drives. They are cheap so it’s a good investment, a good insurance against data loss or destruction.

 

 

 

 

How to save up to 86%? Here is little trick.

You must visit the page of sales. Here is the link. If you don’t care about which brand is better, then you can choose the Internal Laptop Components by the price and buy from the one who will offer the greatest discount.

 

 

Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

Most important, have fun and choose your Internal Laptop Components wisely! Good luck!

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