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4 Things to Look for in a Laptop for Online Learning

While the technology landscape has changed a lot over the years, laptops are still at the centre of most of our digital lives these days, especially for students. With the rise of the internet, it’s now easier than ever to find online courses and programs that you can take at any level, whether you simply want to boost your career skills or are considering getting a new degree. For those who are studying online, having a reliable laptop is a must. Here are some of the main things to consider when buying a new laptop for online study.

Processor

The processor or CPU is the ‘brain’ of the laptop. All tasks completed on a computer are processed by the CPU, or possibly the graphics processing unit if you are performing a task with heavy real-time image rendering. How quickly a processor runs is down to clock speed, but a higher clock speed does not always mean a faster performance as some processors have additional cores. The more cores, the more tasks it can process at the same time. AMD Ryzen 3 processors, such as that in these Lenovo AMD Ryzen laptops, have four cores.

Random Access Memory

RAM is the space the computer has for storing files for immediate use. Apps and other programs on your computer are stored in a computer’s RAM, where the processor can access them faster as needed. In general, more RAM is better. However, it will all depend on how much you need to do on your laptop. 8GB of RAM is more than enough for students who mostly use a laptop for browsing, online classes, and word processing, but it’s worth getting 16GB if you can afford it.

Display

Laptops can have displays ranging from as small as eleven inches to as large as seventeen inches. For most people, around thirteen inches seems to work just fine. Along with the size of the display, it’s also important to consider the display resolution. The higher the resolution, the clearer the image. Again, this might depend on the type of work you want to do with the laptop. A very high resolution might not be necessary if you’re taking a maths course, but if you’re doing video editing or graphic design it might be worth investing more.

Operating System

Finally, it’s important to consider which operating system you will prefer for your laptop. There are three main options to choose from: Windows, macOS, or Chrome OS. Windows laptops have the largest range available with several different brands, types, and features to consider. macOS, on the other hand, is only available on Apple’s computers and laptops. Chrome OS is usually the operating system for lower-range, cheaper devices like Chromebooks, which tend to be less feature-rich but ideal for browsing or completing basic tasks like writing essays.

No matter what you want to study online, getting the right laptop can make all the difference to your experience and success.