10 Tips for Buying a Laptop

Original video published on Feb 8, 2018

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The truth is, buying a new laptop isn’t easy. There are so many things to consider, it can get a bit confusing. I’m going to walk you through 10 things that you need to know to choose the perfect laptop.

1. Pick Your OS

Do you prefer using Windows, Mac OS, or Chrome OS? There’s no right or wrong answer and it’s usually best to stick with what you know.

I tend to prefer going for a Windows 10 laptop because there’s just so much choice. I can pay what I want, and get the specs and the features I need. If you’re into gaming, Windows machines are pretty much your only option right now.

2. Design

Generally, two-in-one devices are more expensive than a normal laptop and they won’t be as powerful due to size and design restrictions. Although that’s not always the case, Surface Book 2 is one of the most powerful gaming laptops you can buy but the price starts at £ 1500 (Approx. $1841) for the 13-inch model and £ 2749 (Approx. $3374) for the 15-inch model. When it comes to Power vs. Portability vs. Low Price, generally you can only get two out of three.

3. Screen Size

Most laptops have 13-inch, 14-inch or 15-inch screen sizes. You do get a few 11-inch budget laptops and some huge 17-inch or 18-inch gaming beasts.

Generally, as you’d expect the smaller screen size the lighter and more compact it is. The 13-inch and 14-inch ultrabooks (which is just a fancy name for thin and light laptops that use Intel chips) make great travel companions. Anything bigger you’ll struggle to get any work done on trains or planes. Dell XPS 13 Bigger 15-inch laptops can be more powerful, but often less room for a dedicated graphics card and they can use more power-hungry processors. Dell XPS 15 The good news is that brands are putting bigger screens into more compact and travel-friendly bodies by trimming the size of the bezel around the screen. If you’re going to leave your laptop at home or in the office, you may go for something a bit bigger and therefore hopefully a bit more powerful.

If you want something that’s good on the road, then maybe consider a 13-inch ultrabook. If you can afford a high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro, XPS 15, or 15-inch Surface Book 2 is relatively compact for their size and offer really high-end performance.

4. Screen Quality

Firstly, make sure it’s got an IPS Screen. They offer much better color accuracy and viewing angles. The alternative is a TN screen, it can look grainy and viewing angles are pretty terrible. IPS vs TN Screen Ideally, go for a laptop with a Full HD (1920 x 1080). Even though everyone’s talking about 4K, unless it’s a 15-inch or bigger laptop and you really want those extra pixels for watching 4K movies or you’re editing 4K videos. I’d avoid 4K as it has a big impact on your battery life, your framerate in games, and it’s unlikely you’ll notice the difference. Screen

5. Specs

There are three main things to consider: the Processor, the RAM, and the Storage. Maybe also graphics card, if you’re into gaming or you run more intensive workstation applications.

A budget of £ 500- £ 1000: Intel Core i3 or i5, 8GB of RAM, and at least a 256GB storage SSD. £ 500- £ 1000 A budget over £ 1000: Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, up to 16GB of RAM, and maybe a 512GB storage SSD. over £ 1000 A budget under £ 500- £ 600: Intel Core i3, or if you’re really pushed, maybe an Intel Celeron or Pentium processor. Acer Switch 3 has a Pentium processor and it’s fine because it’s backed up by a 32GB SSD, and that makes the biggest difference in terms of performance for basic Windows tasks. under £ 500- £ 600

6. Gaming

If you want to play games seriously, you’re going to want to look into a gaming laptop.

HP OMEN X - Come with an Intel Core i7 processors, 16GB RAM, and importantly a dedicated graphics card.



Dell XPS 15 or Surface Book 2 - Both come with an NVIDIA GTX 1050.

Dell XPS 15

Dell XPS 15

Look for either NVIDIA GTX, or AMD RX, or aim the Vega branding on a laptop, which means it has a dedicated graphics card, which will make a laptop a lot more powerful and capable of playing games with higher settings and high resolutions.

7. Connectivity

Ports are really important, all I would recommend is making sure the laptop you get comes with at least one USB 3.1 type C port. It is still relatively new, but it can do pretty much everything and will definitely future-proof your laptop.

USB 3.1 type C port

USB 3.1 type C port

8. Keyboard & Touchpad

In my experience, MacBooks and MacBook Pros have the best touchpads. They’re big, responsive, and has great gesture support in macOS. MacBook Touchpad For Windows laptops, get one with a Microsoft precision touchpad, this guarantees the touchpad will be fast and precise. I would recommend trying the touchpad in the store before you buy it. Windows Touchpad It’s very difficult to describe a keyboard other than saying it’s responsive, or clacking, or spongy. I would recommend trying the keyboard in person, because keyboards are very tricky to talk about.

9. Battery Life

How long should your laptop last? Anything quoted above 6 hours is decent. Since most brands test them at low brightness, if a retailer says 6 hours you can expect more like 4 hours. Battery Life The size of the battery, 4k resolution screens, graphics cards, and all the generation processors have the biggest impact on battery life. If you can get one with at least 6 hours, but preferably 8 to 10 hours, then that will do nicely.

Note: These are recommended laptop links from the original video’s description.

👉HP Stream 14

👉Acer Swift 3

👉HP Pavilion 15

Upper Mid-Range:

👉Dell XPS 13

👉ASUS Zenbook 3 Deluxe

👉Acer Swift 5


👉Macbook Air 2019

👉Surface Book 2

👉Dell XPS 15 2019

👉Gigabyte Aero 15


👉HP Omen X Laptop

👉Dell Inspiron 7000

👉Razer Blade


👉Acer Chromebook 14

👉Google Pixelbook