The laptop market has changed a lot over the last decade. No longer confined to the business world, laptops have become ubiquitous at school and at home. You can replace your desktop with a laptop, use it to watch movies in bed, or take it the road to do homework at a friend’s house. The sheer amount of choice when it comes to buying a laptop can be a little staggering, especially for new buyers. Armed with a little bit of research and knowledge though, and you’ll be able to buy with confidence. See Step 1 below to learn how to pick the best laptop for your needs.
Most buying guides and shopping advice tend to get bogged down in the specs, mechanically listing subcategories within subcategories. Instead, I'll break out the most important things to know when looking for a new laptop, with deeper explanations available in any of our in-depth system reviews. To start with, here are my three cardinal rules for buying a laptop.
When you buy a laptop, service and support are part of the price tag. Please don't make the mistake of shopping for the cheapest laptop in the world. You'll find it, of course! The same laptop may also