Laptop Buying Guide

Buying a laptop can be a difficult task. With so many different kinds of laptops available and so many features to choose from, how do you decide which one to get?

The following guide should help you to choose the right laptop for you.

Laptop Usage

First you need to decide what you are going to use a laptop for. Three common uses are: business, gaming, and general surfing/email.

You need to think about what features you require. For example, if you intend to use your laptop for business then you are likely to be using word processors, spreadsheets and other business tools such as accounting software. The laptop will need to be durable as you may travel a lot with it, have a crisp display and a comfortable to use keyboard.

For a gaming laptop the specification is going to need to be as high as possible. A powerful graphics card, fast memory and large storage capacity are all necessities. Gaming laptops will often also have a large high definition display.

If you are only going to be using your new laptop for general web surfing and emails then high specs are not going to be as important. You will want to look for ease of use, portability and speed. Check out the Toshiba Chromebook as it is a great example of a compact laptop that is perfect for surfing and it’s very portable due to its light weight.

Laptop Size

The next thing to consider is the size of the laptop. For gaming you are going to want a large sharp display for a full HD gaming experience. “15-18″ displays are common sizes. Gaming laptops tend not to be moved around too much so the larger screen size and added weight aren’t so much of an issue. For business users, portability is a much more important factor. You should look for screen sizes of “11-14″.

Touch Screen Hybrid Since the launch of Windows 8, touch screen laptops have become much more common. These hybrid laptops are part tablet, part laptop. The display will actually detach from the keyboard so can be used as a tablet when you don’t need the keyboard and other inputs.

Battery Life

Battery life is an important factor to consider. If you are doing a lot of traveling, then the longer battery life you can get, the better. Gaming laptops tend to have the shortest battery life due to their more demanding specifications. Chromebooks, on the other hand, offer 10+ hours on a single charge.


Your choice of laptop will be limited by your budget. If you want a gaming laptop then expect to pay big money for one. These are often known as desktop replacement computers with their high-end components and large displays, and they have a price to match. At the other end of the spectrum sits the Chromebook. These dedicated web browsing, cloud computing machines are lightweight and so is their price.

Many factors will go in to deciding which laptop you finally end up buying, and hopefully this guide will have helped you to make that decision much easier.

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