Laptop Users: Tips to consider When Using and Buying Laptop in Nigeria

Laptop usage follows suit after that of phones as the most used tech gadget in Nigeria. For most gadget lovers,  having a phone and laptop is a must.

There are many challenges in getting a laptop in Nigeria, so many factors need to be considered during the process.


If you no get money, hide your face. It’s best you work with your budget rather than showing face for what you cannot afford. It’s not a do or die affair to use the latest pro macbook, acer or Hp is not bad either. So, go ahead and work with your budget

Laptop Operating System

Popularly called the OS. There are two major operating systems which are the window OS and the Mac OS. Most times, if you are just an averagely tech savvy person who knows the basics then a windows powered system is suitable for you. But if you sabi computer wella, my brother/sister, you can explore Mac OS just to put tech skills to test. So, the choice is totally yours.

Size Of The Laptop

As the word implies the size of the laptop of your choice should be considered. Most Nigerian users prefer the mini sized laptop which is between 10.1 to 13.1 inches to the regular 15-17 inches laptops because they feel the processor and speed will be faster.

The purpose of your laptop could serve as a factor; maybe you are a programming engineer, web designer, graphic designer etc. Then you’ll need a minimum of 15.6 inches to execute your needs but if it’s for just movies and games then a mini sized laptop is okay. Small things come in big packages you know!!

Laptop Processor

The processor of a laptop determines the speed. When using heavy apps that deal with web design and graphics, coding and programming then it’s best  you ignore Celeron, AMD, intel and Pentium.

If you get bronze money level, CORE i3 is for you. But if you carry silver money, you can go for CORE i5. Further yet, if your papa na Dangote or Adenuga, then a CORE i7 is most suitable to get your job done in the perfect application speed response .


The memory of the laptop must be considered from the Read Access memory (RAM) and read only memory (ROM). While the former deals with handling of application’s task, the latter deals with the files on the laptop for storage purpose. The RAM for light usage could be 4GB or 6GB RAM, or 8GB RAM depending on the volume of work you do. You can however keep upgrading your RAM. Most laptops come with 8GB to 16GB RAM, especially the solid state drive which is SSD storage. A lot of users don’t use hard disk drive HDD anymore though because it only deals with huge storage and not speed .

Laptop Battery life and Display Quality

The display of the laptop has to  be able to display pixels in the right resolutions. The most commonly used in Nigeria is 1920 x 1080 but there are more display resolutions like 2560 x 1600 , 3200x 1800. Most mini laptops in Nigeria operate on 1366 x 768 display quality, so your suitable display will affect your choice.

As for battery life, we all know the Nigerian power supply system is nothing to write to the village about; at least in a week light no go dey for hours.Therefore, battery life of a laptop should be an average of 4 hours at least and a maximum of 6 hours when the usage volume is not high. A laptop battery lifespan below that should not  even be considered in this epileptic power supply clime.

Other Factors

There are other factors like touch screen functionality, keyboard backlight, inbuilt modem, fingerprint detection, laptop camera and bluetooth which also need to be considered.

That’s all I have from my bag of tech gist and tips this #techtuesday. But I assure you that if you pay utmost attention to all of these factors and tips before purchase, you can never go wrong with your laptop in Nigeria.


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