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Black Friday tech deals to take advantage of

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Emma Tucker
Although every student has different computer needs, there are a myriad of tech deals to take advantage of this Black Friday. Design by Emma Tucker

‘Tis the season where tech deals are here and students in particular have the chance to score some great discounts. Although the numerous deals and offers can create stress around tech shopping, students should be aware of how to navigate sales and make the right choices for their needs.

Bare Minimum Specifications
When selecting a laptop, it’s advisable to stick to the standard screen size range of 13 to 15.6 inches. Going above 15.6 inches can result in a heavier and bulkier laptop, while a 13-inch screen might be too small for optimal video watching or streaming.

Understanding that GB stands for gigabyte is crucial. Knowing the amount of RAM (8 GB or higher) is vital for determining a laptop’s performance; it ensures efficient internet browsing without concerns about freezing. For gaming laptops, a RAM higher than 8 GB is recommended.

In terms of processors, the i7 and i5 cores are the most popular. If personal usage involves basic tasks like browsing and school work, opting for the Core i5 can help save money while still being effective. On the other hand, if gaming or running multiple programs simultaneously is necessary, the Core i7 is recommended for its higher performance.

When it comes to storage, a minimum of 256 GB is suggested for a smooth experience. However, opting for higher storage capacities allows for a significant amount of data to be stored on a laptop.

Chromebooks:
While Chromebooks are designed for fundamental tasks such as writing essays, watching YouTube and researching, they have limitations. Chromebooks cannot download specific applications or run large programs such as Photoshop or video games. Refraining from purchasing one is advisable, given the potential need down the road to download a program that Chromebooks lack access to. An alternative option would be most HP laptops.

MacBooks:
MacBooks are not always accessible because many technological accessories rely on USB rather than the USB-C port used by Macs. Connecting a mouse or an HDMI cable often requires the purchase of an additional adapter. Also, owning a MacBook may require the purchase of extra accessories specifically designed for it or investing in adapters that need to be carried around. Despite these inconveniences, there are advantages to having a MacBook, including a fast processor and seamless file transfer capabilities between iPhone and MacBook.

This Black Friday, Apple is offering fantastic deals on MacBooks. While MacBooks may come with a higher price tag, they are renowned for their reliability and sturdy build. If the allure of MacBooks is appealing, this sale presents a great opportunity to purchase at a cheaper price. Take advantage of the discounts and invest in a MacBook that aligns with personal needs and preferences.

Gaming Laptops
When looking to easily carry around a laptop for school, consider a laptop with a high-end processor rather than a dedicated gaming laptop. The reason is that gaming laptops typically come with drawbacks such as shorter battery life, loud fans and a bulkier design, making them less ideal for portability and school use. However, if the primary focus is gaming, then a dedicated gaming laptop will be a suitable choice. These laptops are optimized for video gaming performance, often featuring powerful graphics cards and specialized cooling systems. In this case, specifications that enhance gaming capabilities can be prioritized without the need to worry as much about factors like battery life and portability for academic purposes.

Every student has different personal and academic needs that should be put into consideration while shopping for a computer. Conducting further research can help determine the best option, and be sure to take advantage of the current Black Friday tech deals.

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Emma Tucker, Staffer
Emma Tucker is a staffer for Manual RedEye. You can contact her at [email protected].
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