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HP Laptops HP 15s-fq5020na

HP 15s-fq5020na

15.6" Intel Core i3, 1.2 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD



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Three tips for buying a laptop

The best size for a laptop that is easily portable but still comfortable to work on is between 12 and 14 inches. Larger than 14 can be useful if you don't move your computer much.

If you buy a laptop for more than £400, try to find something that at least has these specifications:

  • Processor: The "brain" of your computer. Try to find a computer with at least i5 core or a Ryzen 5 processor.
  • Memory: When it comes to file and application storage and performance, look for at least 8 GB RAM and SSD instead of hard disc storage.
  • Screen resolution: Choose a computer that has 1920X1080 resolution, which is called Full HD. If you buy a computer with a lower resolution than this, it will be noticeable when you watch films and other media. You can also pay for higher resolution and better image quality, but this often comes at the expense of the battery life.

If you are able to always have your computer connected to the power, battery life is not the most important consideration for you. But if you work on the go, you would want at least 7 hours of battery life, and 8+ is ideal. When it comes to battery life, don't rely blindly on what the manufacturer says, but rather read up on battery life from secondary sources.

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This is a difficult question and a matter of personal preference. There are many different laptop models which all suit different needs. A rule of thumb to follow is to weigh which functions are most important to you in terms of portability and speed.

A laptop with heavy specs and hardware is often heavier and clunkier; this is due to bigger laptops needing bigger cooling systems. But progress has been very fast, and today, even the so-called ultraportable laptops are exceptionally speedy and are more than enough to meet most needs.

The average laptop lasts for up to six years. This is slightly shorter than for a desktop computer. As opposed to desktops, laptops are not as easy to upgrade with more modern parts after purchase. It often can’t be done at all.

Additionally, a laptop is carried around, which adds to the faster wear and tear of the machine. The battery also wears out with time, and if this can’t be replaced, a new purchase will be necessary.

There is nothing specific with laptops that makes them slow. But just like a desktop, the computer becomes slower with time as it's constantly filled with new programmes and heavy documents. There are a number of ways to refresh a laptop that has become a little slow and weary with time.

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