If you’re in the market for a laptop, you might have noticed that there’s a lot of choice out there.

Once you’ve decided between a Windows/apple laptop, or a Chromebook, then you’ve got to decide on which model is right for you, as well as what specs you’ll need. Is 4GB of Ram enough? Do you go HDD or SSD? How many USB ports will you need?

These might seem like complicated questions, but they don’t have to be. With our advice, you can narrow down the exact laptop that you need, but didn’t know you wanted. Take a look at our guides, and soon enough you’ll be unpacking your perfect laptop, whether you’re after something for your college coursework, work, or just browsing online on the couch.

Once you’ve got your new laptop, we can help you, with suggestions on how to make it run faster, as well as suggestions for essential software.

Best Laptop Brands

There are many laptop brands to choose from, from the big names like Apple, Dell and HP, to the smaller names including Acer and Asus. Did you know that Microsoft also makes its own laptops?

Most laptop brands offer models for all types of users, but each has its own quirks and innovations that you should know before you buy.

We break down the main laptop brands and give you the inside knowledge you need.

Laptop Specifications Explained

When buying a laptop, it’s important to make sure that the model you’re buying is powerful enough to do everything that you want it to. That’s where the specifications come in. Want a laptop that’s fast to boot? Go for a solid state drive and at least 8GB of RAM. Want to play games? You’ll need a dedicated graphics card.

We lay out all the components that are essential for your laptop, so you know what to look for when buying.

What is a Chromebook?

A Chromebook is a laptop that doesn’t run Windows or Apple’s macOS, but a Chrome based operating system that heavily utilises its own suite of apps, such as Google Drive, Gmail and of course the Chrome web browser.

While not quite as flexible as a traditional laptop, Chromebooks tend to be very inexpensive comparatively, with excellent battery life and easy to throw in a bag.

Read our Chromebook vs Laptop guide to find out if a Chromebook is right for you.

Which MacBook Should I Buy?

If you’ve decided that a Windows laptop isn’t for you, and you’ve been lured by an Apple machine (and who wouldn’t be), then you’re probably wondering which model to go for: MacBook, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro?

Each model has its own strengths and weaknesses, as well as corresponding price tag. We can help you narrow down the selection so that you can choose the perfect MacBook for your needs, whether you’re looking to simply browse the web or carry out intensive graphic design work.

See our full guide – Which MacBook Should I Buy?

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