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New generation of users and devices: what laptops 2020 should be able to do

26. 03. 2020, 10: 32 | from

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Want with our laptop we can work, stream and play easily and safely. What a device for it a year 2020 must offer, we have highlighted for you.

How narrow and the laptop is light, how big is the display, how powerful is the performance, how long is the battery life, how easy is it to use, how compatible is the device with my other end devices, what extras are there and where is the price? These are the central questions that concern a user before buying a laptop. We looked at what such a device a year 2020 must offer.

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Size and weight: A laptop should be practical

Height and weight play an important role if you want to use your laptop in different places. It should be so light that it is not difficult to carry. At the same time, you don't want to miss out on amenities like a large display, a chic design and strong performance. Most manufacturers have recognized this trend and are explicitly designing laptops for a mobile but demanding generation: Even devices with 15 – inch displays, powerful processors and sufficient storage space can now weigh less than 2 kilograms.

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Display: Enjoy streaming and gaming

A smaller display is sufficient for normal surfing and work. However, if you use your laptop especially for graphics or video applications, you should prefer a size larger. As gaming and streaming are becoming increasingly popular, the larger screen sizes are also popular across the board. If you really want to have fun, you should of course also pay attention to a corresponding graphics card. In any case, manufacturers are opting for ever narrower bezels when it comes to displays. This increases the screen-housing ratio significantly. Generally apply 15 – inch displays as a good compromise for devices that offer both mobility and a replacement for a stationary PC. A resolution of 1920 x 1080 Pixel is usually standard.

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Performance: No time to wait

One thing is clear: the new generation of users doesn't want to wait! We are used to having websites loaded in a few seconds. This expectation is increasingly transferred to other applications – and, for example, to startup. Devices on which you have to make a coffee after pressing the power button before you can reactivate, have 2020 no more chances. If the processors are still narrow-breasted in very cheap devices, the built-in technology is actually becoming more and more powerful and the response times are shorter as a result. The trend here is clearly that we want to operate our laptop as quickly as we are used to from a smartphone.

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Storage space: Think Cloud

Data, photos and videos, important programs and games as well as downloaded films and series: As far as storage capacity is concerned, some (cheap) devices are waiting with 256 GB to the 500 GB are usually standard. Some SSD hard drives are also in the four-digit range. The popularity of cloud storage means that smaller hard drives are becoming increasingly popular. This has several advantages: Physically, such laptops are narrower and lighter because less hardware has to be installed. In addition, our data is automatically secured in the cloud and available anywhere – on any device. So if a cup of coffee pours on the keyboard, we still have to worry about our laptop, but no longer about our data.

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Battery life: Live for one working day

Surfing, office applications, streaming and gaming, maybe photo or video editing: We would like to use our laptop without having to take a careful look at the charging status again and again or to ask ourselves where we can find the nearest outlet. The good news: Modern devices are becoming more and more energy efficient. Most of the new batteries last one working day – around 8 hours. Some manufacturers even promise 12 hours or more.

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Handling and compatibility: it should be smart

We are used to simple digital environments through everyday use of the smartphone. We are increasingly targeting all types of user interfaces. In addition, our end devices should be as compatible as possible – simply smart. The manufacturers are committed to this and have increasingly focused on the user experience.

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Extras: 360 degrees of user fun

There are many small gimmicks waiting for the extras that will appeal to one user more and the other less intensely: Some laptops, like smartphones, offer power buttons with a fingerprint scan – that is simple and safe. The market for convertibles (laptops that can be used as tablets – i.e. with a touchscreen) is growing. Over 360 – degree hinges the display can be rotated as it is most practical for the user. Styluses make graphic work easier. With a remote control, we don't have to get up at the movie night to pause on the device itself. And submerged webcams increase security: since the user only opens them when he is also using them, unwanted image transmission is not possible.

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Price: from cheap to premium

Since the manufacturers have targeted young, mobile users, the price range starts relatively low: Approximately 250 Euro you get a laptop with which the basic applications are possible. The most common models are within the scope of 400 to 800 Euro. According to statistics, the average price of all 2019 Laptops bought in Germany at 715 Euro. A stronger processor, a better graphics card or the various extras naturally raise the price. Devices in the four-digit range are also on the market in the premium segment. When it comes to the price, the user should carefully consider what he wants to use his laptop for and how much special properties are worth to him.

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A particularly smart solution: Chromebooks

One laptop a year 2020 should therefore be light and handy, but at the same time lose nothing in terms of performance and the display. The battery should last for at least one working day, an exciting series afternoon or an exuberant gaming session. The extras should be well thought out, the expenses shouldn't be a huge hole in the budget, and the user experience should be similar to that of a smartphone. There is a line of laptops that does just that: Chromebooks.

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Chromebooks are available from different manufacturers and therefore in different versions and price ranges. What they all have in common: The Chrome OS operating system runs on them. Means: The operation is as intuitive as on the smartphone. The Google Play Store has over 2.4 million apps for all important applications and interests. Chromebooks also rely on cloud-based work. All of this makes them quick, easy and safe. A laptop that is as flexible as the user himself.

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