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Tips to Consider When Buying a Laptop in Kenya

Whatever you need a laptop for writing a term paper, teaching a language online, or just surfing the web – you should consider your needs and budget when buying one. Fortunately, it’s not as difficult as you probably thought. Even if you’re not tech-savvy, as most of the population is, you can make a good choice if you consider a few essentials.

Here are the most important things to look into as you shop around:

Screen Size

A smaller screen obviously makes for better portability. Most laptop screens range from 11 to 17 inches, with the whole system sized to fit the display. Thus, smaller laptops are more lightweight and compact than their larger counterparts.

If you don’t move the laptop a lot, you should be fine with a 15-inch model. Otherwise, you’ll get the perfect balance of space and portability with a 13- or 14-inch screen.

Kids below 12 will do well with an 11.6- or 12.5-inch display. If the laptop is going to stay on your desk most of the time, get a 17-inch.


Aim for a minimum screen resolution of 1920 x 1080, which is also known as 1080 or full HD resolution. A higher resolution means reading web pages will be a lot easier.

Battery Life

If the laptop will mostly be used away from an outlet, get one with an 8-hour battery life. Gaming laptops are, of course, an exception.

Operating System

Chromebooks are great for kids, but Windows or macOS is better for all other users. Chromebooks are particularly popular in schools because they’re easier for children to use and are difficult to infect with malware.

If you can’t seem to decide whether to go with Windows or macOS, focus on their individual advantages. For example, Windows is less expensive and offers several options, like laptops with touchscreens. On the other hand, macOS is popular for tougher security and first-rate video and photo editing sofware.


A 2-in-1 is good only if you need a touchscreen. Many laptops today are 2-in-1s, or those that allow switching between tablet and clamshell modes. Again, if you must use touchscreen, get a 2-in-1. Otherwise, the traditional clamshell type gives you better value for your money. Clamshells with touchscreens are higher priced and have shorter battery life than non-touch displays.

Key Specs

Lastly, a laptop that costs around Ksh. 52,000 should give you, at a minimum, an Intel Core i5 processor, an 4GB RAM, a 1080p screen, and 500 GB HDD storage. For a budget above Ksh. 100,000, you can get a Core i7 processor and a minimum of 16 GB of RAM.

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