Shop For A Laptop

Laptops are portable and just as full-featured as desktops, so they’re a great option for anyone who wants to do computer work (or play) in more than one place. There are so many options that picking out the right fit can be confusing. Follow these steps to find the laptop that is best for you.


1. You need to decide what you’re going to primarily use the laptop for. Are you gaming? Will you do a lot of sound, image, or video editing? Are you mainly using it for Internet purposes? Do you store a lot of information (photos, music, programs)? Is it for work, for fun, or for both?

2. You need to set a target price range. Laptops can be very expensive; if you have a target price in mind, you can choose which features are most important instead of paying for all of them. Many laptop users don’t need extra memory, wide screens, or high-end graphics cards.

3. Decide which operating system you prefer. You have three choices: Linux, Mac or Windows. You’ll probably either love one and hate the other two already, so this isn’t a question open for discussion, or you’ll have used one exclusively and barely even know other options existed. If you’re not familiar with your options, stick with what you know.

4. Follow the appropriate link from the Resources box below to the laptop shopping site for your preferred operating system. You’ll find lots of options. If you’re using the laptop for basic work and home capabilities, choose a pre-configured laptop in your price range. If you’re using your laptop for gaming or graphics/video editing, choose a laptop with a high-end graphics card and a high-speed processor. If you’re planning to store a lot on your computer, choose a laptop with a lot of memory.

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5. Now, you can either order your laptop of choice from your online dealer, or you can jot a few notes about your choices and go to your local computer store, ask more questions, get a few opinions, and purchase one there. If you have special requirements for a laptop, or can’t quite find one that seems to fit your needs, go talk to a computer salesperson. They can go over the options and give you the pros and cons.