How To Choose The Best Laptop To Fit Your Needs: Part 3 Graphics



There is nothing that causes more dread when making a new laptop purchase than the fear of making the wrong choice. With laptops often costing upwards of $1000, it is easy to experience hesitation when buying. This post will hopefully alleviate some of the stress by providing you with some useful information to look out for when making your next big laptop purchase. Since there is too much information to go in depth on in one blog post. Today I will be focusing on graphics.



Graphics are in important part of the laptop buying process. By determining whether or not you should buy a laptop with a graphics card or one with onboard graphics, you can easily narrow down your search criteria. 

A standalone graphics card is not something that the everyday laptop buyer needs. It provides the graphical power needed to process more complex applications. This could be anything from gaming to applications you use for work. If you decide that you don't need a graphics card in your new laptop, you can save a large amount of money; However, if you do need one, the higher price is always a sacrifice worth making. 

The graphics card works with the CPU as a team to process the image on your screen. This means that it allows you to run more complex graphical applications. Without a graphics card, the CPU uses built in graphics to process images on its own.

Now I will go over some examples of when you may need to consider buying a laptop with a graphics card.


1. I am an engineering student studying computer-aided design (CAD). I use very high tech software to design and process the models I make. In this case, I need a stand-alone graphics card for my new laptop.

2. I am a stay-at-home parent who runs an online store. The items I sell don't require a computer to make, and I don't plan on using my laptop to run any graphics heavy applications. Therefore, I don't need to worry about spending the extra money on a laptop with a graphics card. 


In conclusion, deciding whether or not you need to buy a laptop with a graphics card is a quick way to help you stay within your budget. Why spend the extra money for hardware you don't need? However, if you do need a graphics card, it will likely require you to spend quite a bit more money. If you ever have any questions, feel free to send me an email to

Check out part 1 and part 2 of this series to learn more about CPUs and RAM! 





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