What should you keep in mind when buying a fast laptop?
Of course, speed is relative, and it depends on what you use your laptop for. For certain usage situations, we recommend various specifications that make your laptop faster.
|Internet, word processing, and watching movies||any processor||any RAM||SSD|
|Photo editing||Intel Core i5 / AMD A12||8GB||SSD|
|Gaming||Intel Core i5 / AMD Ryzen 5||8GB||SSD|
|Video editing||Intel Core i7 / AMD Ryzen 7||8GB||SSD|
The right processor
The processor is the 'heart' of your laptop and determines what your laptop is suitable for and how fast it operates. For every usage situation, we recommend processors that ensure you can get to work with a fast laptop.
- Internet, word processing, and watching movies: any processor
- Photo editing: Starting at Intel Core i5 or AMD A12
- Gaming: Stating at Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5
- Video editing: Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7
A fast laptop has an SSD drive. While a traditional hard drive (HDD) usually takes more than a minute, an SSD will boot your laptop within a minute, and often even within 15 seconds. Other than that, booting programs and transferring files between folders is a lot faster. An HDD can do this at a speed of 50 to 120MB per second, while an SSD can transfer files at a speed of up to 2,600MB per second.
Chromebooks are an exception. These laptops feature Flash memory rather than an SSD. Chrome OS uses little energy and RAM, which means Chromebooks are still very fast. They're only suitable for simple tasks like email and word processing, though.
Your laptop's RAM determines how fast it can perform tasks. Your laptop uses the RAM, which is temporary memory, for every action. Think, for example, of loading and running programs, switching between programs, and typing. The general rule is: the more RAM, the faster your laptop. More RAM means your laptop can store more temporary memory, so it can perform multiple tasks at the same time, and faster.
- Internet, word processing: any RAM
- Photo editing: 8GB RAM or more
- Gaming: 8GB RAM or more
- Video editing: 8GB RAM or more