Tips for Laptop Shopping in Kenya

No matter your reasons for wanting a laptop, you have to find one that suits your needs and your budget. Fortunately, that’s not so hard to do as you may ahve thought it was. There’s no need to be tech-savvy (most people in Kenya aren’t), provided to make some essential considerations.

Here are the most important things to look into as you shop around:

Screen Size

A smaller screen obviously makes for better portability. Most laptop screens range from 11 to 17 inches, with the whole system sized to fit the display. Therefore, the smaller the laptop, the more lightweight and compact it is.

If you don’t move the laptop a lot, you should be fine with a 15-inch model. Otherwise, you’ll get just the right mix of portability and space with a 13- or 14-inch screen.

Kids below 12 will do well with an 11.6- or 12.5-inch display. If the laptop will be sitting at your desk most of the time, you can go for 17 inches.

Resolution

If your budget permits, get a laptop with a minimum screen resolution of 1920 x 1080, usually referred to as 1080 or full HD resolution. A higher resolution means reading web pages will be a lot easier.

Battery Life

If the laptop will mostly be used away from an outlet, get one with an 8-hour battery life. Gaming laptops are naturally an exception.

Operating System

Chromebooks are great for kids, but Windows or macOS is better for all other users. Chromebooks are particularly popular in schools because they’re easier for children to use and are difficult to infect with malware.

If you can hardly decide between Windows or macOS, consider the key advantages offered by each one. For example, Windows is less expensive and offers several options, like laptops with touchscreens. The macOS, on the other hand, has a reputation for tough security and exceptional video and photo editing software.

2-in-1

A 2-in-1 is good only if you need a touchscreen. A lot of laptops nowadays are 2-in-1s, meaning you can switch between tablet and clamshell modes. Again, if you plan to use a touchscreen, this a 2-in-1 works great. Otherwise, a typical clamshell-type will offer better value for your cash. Clamshells with touchscreens are more expensive and have less battery life than non-touch displays.

Mai Specs

Lastly, a laptop that costs around Ksh. 52,000 should give you, at a minimum, an Intel Core i5 processor, an 4GB RAM, a 1080p screen, and 500 GB HDD storage. For a budget in excess of Ksh. 100,000, you can aim for a Core i7 processor and a minimum RAM of 16GB.

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