6 Things To Consider When Buying a Laptop

For the contemporary tech-smart population, a laptop is often regarded as more than just a work tool. Many rely on the laptop for many purposes spanning social, entertainment, educational and business-related needs. This makes it imperative for the right decision to be made when shopping for a new device or a replacement unit for your old laptop.

Though some things may weigh more than others depending on the purpose for which you are getting your laptop, here are six basic things to look out for when getting you next laptop.

Gone are the days when laptops weighed a tonne and took up so much space. On-going advancements in the sphere of computer manufacturing has seen a lot of refinements in laptop sizes. For students and busy executives, portability is a core requirement. The easier it is to fit your laptop PC into a small bag, the better. Therefore, a laptop with a screen size between 12.5 – 14 inches and weighing between 1 – 1.5kg fits the bill.

When shopping for such a portable device, it is often best to go for a notebook. A notebook is a personal computer that foregoes some functionality to remain light-weight and small. Notebook computers are sleek, typically weigh less than five pounds and are small enough to fit easily into your briefcase or a back-pack. An Ultrabook also falls into this category as they are portable and light-weight.

Most computer applications require that the computer system meets minimum requirements in order for the installation to run. One of those requirements is processor speed. Processor speed measures (in megahertz or gigahertz; MHz or GHz) the number of instructions per second the computer executes. Intel’s Core-based processors including Core i3, Corei5 and Core i7 are usually the best bet for computing power as these processors deliver top performance.

Considering the length of time the average user spends working on a laptop, screen quality is a factor worth taking into cognizance when buying a laptop. The harsh glare from grainy laptop screens may pre-dispose users to side-effects as constant staring at the screen may result in redness, itching and blurring of the eyes, or headaches and migraines, in extreme cases.

Touch-screen laptops, many of which are glossy, may also not be a good choice as these throw back a lot of reflections, thereby putting the eyes under considerable strain. Closely related to this, you must consider the resolution of the laptop before making the buying decision. If you fall into the class of heavy users who work on their laptop for upwards of eight hours in a day, it is more advisable to go for a High Definition (HD) screen with resolution of 1600 x 900 or higher.

This is a form of computer data storage which stores frequently used programme instructions to increase the general speed of a system.

Depending on the type of laptop you wish to buy, a RAM of between 2G – 4GB and upwards will be required to get your system working optimally. Memory speed refers to the amount of time that it takes the RAM to receive a request from the processor and then read or write data.

Generally, the faster the RAM, the faster the processing speed of your laptop. In other words, with a faster RAM, it is easier for you to use the laptop for your multimedia or multi-tasking activities. RAM speed is measured in Megahertz (MHz), millions of cycles per second, so that it can be compared to your processor’s clock speed.

Bearing in mind the peculiar power supply challenges in the country, you are better off investing in a laptop with a strong battery that can guarantee at least up to 10 hours of battery life on average use.

For a notebook, a battery capacity of 10,000mAH/3.7V or higher is adequately sufficient to begin with, especially as both the total charging capacity and life of a laptop computer’s battery will diminish as you use your computer.

Laptop prices are often predicated on the features of the device, especially the ones listed above. As such, a laptop with a faster processor speed and RAM would likely cost more than a model with less speed.

However, increasing competition in the market and more attention to research and development of new products makes it possible these days to find moderately-priced devices boasting features that would naturally be found in more expensive models. ref


  1. which laptop is most suitable for CD's recording and duplication?
    please I need name and model suggestions.

    1. Checkout
      HP Pavilion X360 11-u002nia Intel Pentium N3710 1.6GHz Quad-Core (4GB, 500GB HDD) 11.6-Inch Diagonal HD IPS Multitouch Windows 10 Notebook
      ₦ 136,615

  2. this update is a must read for everyone to look out for.
    Thanks for sharing sir

  3. All the aforementioned points are valid but in my own opinion, it's also important to look out for the storage capacity of the Hard disk.
    Thanks for the enlightenment

  4. Ohh Oga thanks but pls can I buy HP I want use it for flashing and unblocking phons

    1. Yes but it depends on the particular HP laptop you are going for

  5. @ac simom as fr me

    I think u should go fr DELL

  6. thanks wizy..but wen I was 15yrs old..I spoilt my v.g.a because of game.....lolz.

    I think with this information I'm satisfied

  7. pls wizy if we purchase a new laptop?
    will driver fr CD be there??... cos wen u format ur PC
    u will need driver to install ur audio,video,USB and so on....and were can I get the driver to install all those sounds in ma PC?

    1. Yes but not in all cases. I advice you to buy laptops from accredited stores and request for the drovers CD 💿.

      However, if it wasn't given to u, you can as well visit any accredited HP store within your area and buy the latest drver for your pc.

  8. 👍👍👍 thanks wizy

    1. As at 3. 35pm that you dropped this comment, were you sleeping or busy at work?

      Do you have any meaning to this comment of yours?

  9. Thanks for sharing such a nice article,
    It will help me a lot.
    Keep it up.

  10. I think this post is helpful thanks

    1. Yes it is very very helpful and i will suggest that you should bookmark the page for future use

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    ''wizytechs group (fake)''

    1. Can you please drop the link here Let's cross reference

  12. Try to find out the person and give he/her serious warning

  13. Which laptop is best for Gaming

  14. @okafor wat re u doing with a whatsapp group

    1. There are lot of things to learn from a well moderated WhatsApp group.

  15. And if you are going for second-hand laptops, be sure to check all the hardware functionality so you don't regret. I mean CD-Roms, Cameras, Microphones, etc.

  16. List of hard disk size

    Note that hard disk has different sizes which makes their priceself to be different.
    *.40gb hdd
    *.80gb hdd
    *.100gb hdd
    *.120gb hdd
    *.160gb hdd
    *.250gb hdd
    *.320gb hdd
    *.500gb hdd
    *.1000gb hdd known as (1TB) and more.
    You should have the idea of the hard disk size you would want to buy.

    Types of computer hard drive
    Before you proceed to buy hard disk for your laptop, you should be aware that laptops users different types of haRd disk. So be sure tof know which of the hard disk you laptop use first.
    Types of HDD :
    *.IDE : Integrated Drive Electronics. IDE drives are also known as PATA drives( Parallel advance technology attachment )
    *.SATA : Serial advance technology attachment.
    *.SCSI : Small Computer System Interface. SCSI is pronounced as scuzzy.
    *.SAS : Serial Attached SCSI.

    Most of the model normal size computer uses Data hArd drive while most old model laptops uses IDE hard drive. The computer that uses SAS and others are mostly unidentified mini laptops. Smaller laptops below 8 inch wide screen.

    Price of Laptop Computer Hard drive disk in Nigeria
    *.40gb hdd = N2,700 Naira
    *.80gb hdd = N3,500 Naira
    *.100gb hdd = N4,800 Naira
    *.120gb hdd = N5,600 Naira
    *.160gb hdd = N7,000 Naira
    *.250gb hdd = N10,000 Naira
    *.320gb hdd = N13,500 Naira
    *.500gb hdd = N16,000 Naia
    *.1000gb hdd = N30,000 Naira
    These are the prices of hard disk currently in Nigeria. Please keep in mind that the prices may go higher depending on your location and purchasing shop. Each shop has the right to sell their hdd at their own suitable price howevey they wish to, but one thing for sure the price won’t be much more different from what we have here.

    Where To Buy Hard Disk/Drive in Nigeria
    1. Visit Computer Accessories Shop:you need to buy hard drive in Nigeria, visit any computer accessery shop closer to you and request for the size of hard drive you need.
    2. Check Jumia:Jumia also sell computer accessories. You can check on their accessories shop for your hard disk. One good thing with jumia is they allow pay on delivery when the hard dis’t gets to you. To buy on jumia visit Jumia Internal Hard Drive Shop
    3. Buy on Konga: Konga is another good place to order your hard disk from. If you don’t have much time to visit visit computer accessories shop you can order it on konga and have it deliver to you. To order hard drive on konga visit Konga Internal Hard Drive Shop

    Take note that ordering hard disk online will totally change the suggested amount above.

    How To Change Your Laptop Hard Drive Yourself
    For some reasons you may want to do it yourself to save some cost or risk of giving your laptop to an engineer. If you want to have it done yourself, nice decision! but note that informationhood will not be responsible for any damage you may cause to your computer in the result of your own action.

    To change your laptop hard drive yourself
    *.Remove your laptop battery
    *.Get screw drIver and screwed our the hard drive cover screws.
    *.Screw out all screws find holding hard drive
    *.Push hard drive backward to detached it from connection.
    *.Gently remove hdd carefully.
    *.Replace with your new hard drive
    The process is not really difficult.

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  18. but guys ,anyway thanks fr the information.. ur jst a live saver..

  19. but guys ,anyway thanks fr the information.. ur jst a life saver..

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  23. HP Service Center In Lagos: Location & Contact

    Many Nigerians are using HP electronics products today. You will come by many HP laptops all over the place. This is simply because of the originality and reliability of the brand. HP products may be pricey, but they are also very rugged, which informed the decision of many Nigerians to opt for the product.
    HP is however aware of the love many Nigerians have developed for their products, hence the opening of many HP centers in Nigeria.
    You can buy your HP laptop from any of these centers. You can also repair your HP laptops there. They can handle all your warranty issues too. If there is still warranty on the laptop, they will repair it free of charges.

    It is always better to buy your HP laptop from their accredited agents, as this will make repair very easy in the event any fault occurs.
    List of HP Service Centers In Lagos
    Many of these centers are located in Lagos. You will learn about some of the centers below:
    1.HP Service Center, Lagos. It is located at 98 Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.
    2.HP Service Point, Victoria Island. It is located at Rocky Plaza, 24 Adeola Odeku, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

    They are also located in Ikeja. The Ikeja office is at 1stFloor, Awolowo House, 29 to 31, Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria. Their telephone number is 08149836904.
    Aside the office mentioned above, they also have another office in Victoria Island, which is at Beko Building, Plot 642c, Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. Their telephone number is 08166210168.