10 Laptops Features You Can Skip


What features to skip and not to skip?

The market is flooded with different kinds of laptop. In fact, manufacturers have added new and amazing features. You will be amused by how they have improved the laptop. But do not forget one important factor – your budget.

Here is the list of the added features you can skip:

  • Blacklit Keyboard – A lot of laptops come with this kind of lighting, but if you are the touch typist type, you don’t need this feature. If you are a gamer, playing in the dark can destroy your eyesight. Glaring backlights are not exactly helpful.
  • Higher than 1080P Screen – Do not purchase a laptop with a “full HD” if you want to save money. Surely, the screen of a 3840 x 2160 (4K) resolution can give you sharp images, but then, if your display is as small as 13 to 15 inches, do you think resolution matters?
  • Core i7 CPU – This is for those who has the kind of job that needs intensive tasks like giant spreadsheet formulas or transcoding videos. So, why spend more when an Intel Core i5 processor balances performance and cost
  • Discrete Graphics – This feature is for those professional videographers, graphics artist, film animator, or if your work requires 3D modelling. This is also ideal for serious gamers. If you are not, better skip this feature.
  • Infrared Camera/RealSense 3D – This feature lets you login in your laptop by facial recognition and this works well  with Windows 10. How cool is that, right? But is it necessary?
  • Fingerprint Reader –  This goes hand in hand with the infrared camera and lets you login via Windows Hello. Instead of typing your password, all you need to do is to put your finger on a sensor. Typing your password is still safer. Also, Window 10 still requires a password.
  • Touch Screen on a Clamshell Laptop – If you want a 2-in-1 laptop that can flip back or detach itself to become a tablet, then a touch screen is required. With the standard clamshell laptop, this is not necessary.
  • More than 256GB of Storage – With cloud storage and other similar services, a lot of people do not need a storage that is more than 256 GB.
  • Windows 1- PRO – A large business needs Bitlocker disk encryption, Group Policies, which this feature offers. Now, if you are not into business, why pay extra for Windows 1 Pro, right?
  • 16 GB of RAM – Normally, 8GB is fine and adding more is unnecessary.

True, it is cool, but it is not really necessary.

You might have to pay extra for these features. If you need a laptop to do basic computing tasks, think twice before purchasing . Remember, more pixels means more electricity and will affect the battery life. In addition, Touchscreen laptops also lessen the span of your battery by a few hours. SDD is, more or less, 5 to 10 times more costly compared to mechanical hard drives. There are several online storage options you can utilize if you need more storage. Read more about it here. If you are on a budget, it’s better choose a cheaper alternative and skip features you won’t be able to use.

7 Reasons Why You Should NOT Buy a Touchscreen Laptop

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Touchscreens have more disadvantages than advantages.

As a laptop owner who is accustomed to the traditional keyboard, you will wonder why the market is full of touch screen laptops. This is ideal for graphic artists who can have more control of the design. But if you are a student, a business person, or a plain housewife, you might not really need it. Let us first find out both the advantages and disadvantages.

Here is the list of the advantages:

  • A touchscreen display makes it easier to apply the image editors available.
  • Designing graphic apps like CAD gives the right dimensions.
  • For the games addict, playing games can be more fun and easier too!
  • Microsoft made sure that their operating systems are compatible to non-touch and touch based laptop increases your output.
  • Touch screens makes interaction with your PC faster and easier in contrast to using track pad or a mouse and a keyboard.
  • If you have difficulty in typing, this saves time for you. All you need is a pen (stylus) input, and you can write or illustrate anything on your screen with such excellent precision. Both Windows 7 & 8 can translate anything you write into text.

With all these amazing things, touchscreen laptop is a touchdown. If you are convinced that you need one, why don’t you first find out the disadvantages before buying a touchscreen laptop.

Here are the disadvantages:

  • The touchscreen display can use up your battery power in comparison to a normal display because the touch digitizer is always on even if you are not using it.
  • The added mechanisms and sensors in a touchscreen adds from 0.2 to 0.4 pounds of thickness. This will not just affect the ergonomics and transportability, but it defeats the purpose of touhscreens being handy.
  • Touchscreen laptops have an effect on the viewing angles and brightness. It uses a glossy material so reflections are present.
  • The screen links and buttons are small that clicking them could be a real challenge. Filling out forms and shopping could be a hassle.
  • You need to use the microfiber more often than usual because of the many smears on your screen. This could be irritating for most people.
  • A touchscreen laptops are definitely more pricey. This could hurt your budget.
  • Try holding your arm for at least two minutes and for sure, your hands will fall off. So, what else could happen if you use your touchscreen for hours? Your hands and arms could hurt too. A good touchpad will not cause you this pain. For one, it gives you more helpful movements like three-finger swipe and two finger rotation. It is also easier to Navigate Windows 10 desktop with a touchpad as compared to a touch screen. Studies shows that touchscreen will later on cause you back and shoulder problems because of too much reaching out.

In the end, the touchscreen’s functionality does not meet any necessary needs. It is not just expensive, but also puts your health on the line. Weigh the pros and the cons before deciding to buy one.