Best cheap laptop
Lenovo S130-11IGM Intel Celeron, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC SSD, 11.6 inch HD Laptop - Mineral Grey from Very.co.uk
This Lenovo laptop is only £199.99 and has an overall customer rating of 4 stars.View details
Best business laptop
2018 Apple MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Silver from John Lewis & Partners
Macbooks are known for their processing power and versatility so whether you're processing data or designing graphics, this Macbook will make your work a breeze.View details
Best student laptop
HP 250 G7 Core i7-8565U 8GB 256GB SSD 15.6 Inch Windows 10 Pro Laptop from Laptops Direct
This HP laptop is the bestselling student laptop model at laptops.co.uk and boasts impressive reviews.View details
Best small laptop
HP Chromebook 14-db0003na A4-9120 Processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC SSD, 14 inch Laptop - Smoke Grey from Very.co.uk
This 14 inch Chromebook weighs a tiny 1.54kg but has surprising power and reviews of 3.5 stars.View details
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What should I look for in a laptop?
There’s so much to get your head around when it comes to buying the right laptop for you. Below, we set out exactly what you’ll need to think about and what you should look for when doing your shopping.
Pick your platform
Which laptop you opt for will depend on the system you prefer to run. Are you a Windows, Mac or Chrome user? Most laptops come with one of these three built-in.
Choosing one is literally down to personal preference but here’s a quick summary of what each system offers:
- Operating system that runs on the majority of laptops
- Windows 10 is especially good for students, researchers or business users
- Range of prices from cheaper notebooks to more expensive models
- Link up your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and your Macbook
- Siri – voice recognition software
- Apps dock rather than a taskbar
- The system usually runs on less expensive models
- Simple and secure but more limited than Microsoft and Apple
- Popular with schools and parents because of good functionality
Decide if you want a hybrid device
You can go one of two routes here – opt for the 2-in-1 model that can switch from tablet mode to a more traditional mode easily, such as a notebook. Or, you could get your hands on a traditional clamshell laptop with a bigger processor. The answer to this question will really depend on how you will use it, so think it over before making any hasty decisions.
Pick your size
This all comes down to how much you expect to be carrying around your new toy. If the answer is quite a lot, a lighter system is going to a better fit for you. But if your laptop will be on your desk all day, every day, opt for the larger model with a bigger processing model.
The options are:
- 11 to 12 inches: The thinnest and lightest systems around, weighing 2.5 to 3.5 pounds.
- 13 to 14 inches: A good balance between portability and usage, usually weighing under 4 pounds.
- 15 to 16 inches: The most popular size, often weighing 4 to 5.5 pounds.
- 17 to 18 inches: The heaviest model with higher processing power – weighs up to 12 pounds.
Plan based on your budget
There are models for both ends of the spectrum, and somewhere in between. You can quite easily be taking home a laptop for £150, but if you can budget for spending more, you’ll get a stronger system that offers better quality performance and display, especially in the region of £1,400.
What is RAM?
It’s the question on everyone’s lips – what the hell is RAM? Well, it stands for random-access memory and is a very speedy component in all devices, including your future laptop. Without RAM, doing anything (and we mean anything at all) would be much, much slower.
In a nutshell, RAM temporarily stores a load of goodies on your device that it needs to use there and then. This is different from a hard drive, which provides long-term storage, but works slower.
Most of you are probably familiar with what’s it’s like when your laptop or computer doesn’t have enough RAM – painfully slow processing. That is if programs respond at all. So, when choosing your new laptop, go for somewhere around the 4GB RAM mark for best results.
What is SSD?
SSD stands for solid-state drive and found in all of the newest, ultra portal laptop models you will come across.
It performs the same basic function as a hard drive, but data is stored on interconnected flash memory chips instead. Because of this, SSDs are much faster than traditional mechanical hard disks that are bulky and slow.
You’ll want to make sure the laptop you choose sits somewhere around the 120 GB SSD range for optimum performance.
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