If you are planning to buy a laptop then this blog post can be helpful but I won't be specifically recommending laptops, instead, I would try to mention a few factors, and specifications to consider before making your purchase.
⚠️ Discalimer for GAMERS:
If you are planning to play games on your next laptop, then I would strongly recommend you to go for a Windows laptop and don't consider a MacBook for gaming.
Macs are more focused on software optimization rather than raw hardware power and macOS is just not popular for gaming.
MacBooks vs Windows Laptops?
MacBooks are the laptops from Apple and Windows laptops are other brand laptops which are powered by Windows Operating System (OS) from Microsoft.
Macbooks are powered by macOS and almost have support for most of the modern-day Applications but are not as big as Windows-supported Applications.
If you are someone from a non-Computer Science background then you might be using some special tools and applications that mostly work on Windows.
But MacBooks come with Hardware and Software manufactured and developed by the same company Apple which makes them well optimized and gives a much better User Experience (UX) with the only downside of a premium price range.
Also, with the power of new M1 chips (Apple's own Silicon) there has been a significant increase in performance along with a very less battery usage which gives the MacBooks a longer battery life compared to any other laptops in the market.
If you are someone who wants to get things done quickly then I would recommend you to go with a MacBook.
If you wanted to buy a MacBook but you may need to run Windows-specific software then you could also do that by Dual-Booting your mac with Windows/Linux or you can use virtualization software like Parallels etc.
My personal recommendation:
Get a Mac - MacBook Pro- for working professionals
MacBook Air- for students
If you are a student with no budget issues 🤑- then you can even go for the MacBook Pro.
Wanna buy a Mac but on a low budget 💰 ?
Then try to get a Mac-Mini which is very affordable but you need to have your own Monitor, Keyboard, and Mouse.
Personal Windows recommendation:
- Dell XPS - best windows laptop for students.
- Lenovo ThinkPad
- Microsoft Surface Laptop- Hardware, Software optimization.
- Razer Blade- high intensive usage, gaming, etc.
I know all those above models are of high price so don't worry I got you covered.😉
In a budget windows laptops there are many models constantly released in the market, so I will be only mentioning the specs to look for:
- Intel latest-gen or above 10th gen
- 8GB (minimum), 16GB (recommended).
- SSD (mandatory for Significant boost in performance)
- HDD+SSD (good if you do high storage work)
- Dedicated Graphic Card (for heavy Editing, Graphics, and Gaming)
- Integrated Graphic Card (for slimmer laptop, and better battery life.)
Watch Dave2D's laptop review videos for an in-detail review of a laptop, will help you get great, honest insights about a laptop before purchasing it.