What to look for if you want to buy the best laptop
Purchasing a laptop isnt as easy as purchasing a desktop computer.
Each feature has to trade off weight, cost, battery life, and performance.
Thats a lot to balance, so its no surprise that so few laptops age well.
The following is a list of features and how to choose between them.
The top things to consider when buying a new laptop
You’ll be using your
laptop for many hours every day, so you have to be sure you get a
screen that is comfortable to look at. Many laptops also have
touchscreens, which means they are glossy. Glossy screens lead to
reflections, so consider a laptop that doesn’t have a touchscreen.
Look at the resolution - Full
HD should be considered if you want plenty of space. Viewing angles are also
If you are playing PC games, a discrete graphics processor from AMD or Nvidia is
essential. There are both high- and low-end graphics
chips. Nvidia and AMD maintain a list of graphics chips from low to high end.
CPU - Processor
The "brain" of your computer, the processor has a huge influence on
- AMD A series or Intel Core i3 / i5:
If youre looking for a mainstream laptop with the best combination of
price and performance, get a Core i5. AMD A
series CPUs are less common, but promise similar performance.
- Intel Core i7:
High-end performance for gaming rigs and workstations. Models with
numbers that end in HQ or K use higher wattage and have four cores,
allowing for even faster gaming and productivity.
- AMD E Series or Intel Pentium/Celeron:
Found on low-cost laptops.
- Intel Atom: found on low-cost laptops.
If youre buying large laptop that youll use only on a desk
near an outlet, you dont have to worry about battery life. However, if
you plan to use the laptop on your lap, youll want at least 6 hours of endurance, with 8+ hours being
ideal. To determine a laptops expected battery life, dont take the
manufacturers word for it. Read third-party reviews from authority sources.