There are 2 different types of tips available on the market today, a pressed tip and a laminated tip.
A pressed tip is made from a single piece of leather. It is compressed under a specific pressure to achieve the desired hardness.
Buying a cue is a considerable purchased one that deserves a lot of thought.
I would suggest trying as many cues as possible from friends etc. Ideally you’d like to try as many at the same time. Try 1 piece and 3/4 as well as different weights etc.