What laptop should I buy?

Creative or business? Gaming or college? Find the right laptop for you

A laptop makes a great companion – whether it’s a study aid for students, a mobile studio for designers and photographers or a portable office for on-the-go businesspeople. Here we hand-pick laptops to suit everyone – find your laptop story with us…

What laptop?

For fashion-forward types

Laptops used to present a headache for the style-obsessed. Nowadays laptop design has moved on – how it looks outside is as important as what is inside. With super-thin all metal designs, today’s premium laptops wouldn’t look out of place on the front row at fashion week.

What to look out for:

  • Super-thin design – some laptops measure around half an inch thick, that’s about the width of a DVD case
  • Metal case in aluminium or magnesium with a brushed matte finish and rounded edges
  • Slick 2 in 1 design with sophisticated hinge to switch your laptop into tablet mode
  • Backlit keyboard and all-glass trackpad for head-turning typing
  • Better than HD screen with thin bezel – the border around the display
  • Powerful Intel Core processor for multitasking with Spotify or Netflix while you work

The HP Spectre x360 is a gorgeous 2 in 1 laptop. Its clean, elegant lines are finished in smooth brushed aluminium. Shows on Netflix or your work presentation look incredible on its better-than-HD screen.

HP Spectre x360


Flip the screen back on its precision engineered hinge to present or watch. Under the hood an Intel Core i7 processor and plenty of RAM and SSD storage keep everything running smoothly.

Get the HP Spectre x360


For the busy professional

It’s your ally in tackling spreadsheets and mastering PowerPoint presentations. But a slow, bulky, noisy laptop won’t cut the mustard. Thin, light and powerful – a premium Windows 10 laptop really looks the business.

What to look out for:

  • Windows 10 preinstalled and compatibility with Office 365 for Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Powerful processor for running several programs at the same time and handling demanding software
  • 2 in 1 touchscreen design for delivering slick PowerPoint presentations
  • 8GB RAM (internal memory) for working in large Excel spreadsheets
  • Sophisticated metal design for high-level meetings

The HP Envy x360 is built for the boardroom. It’s a 2 in 1 Windows 10 laptop with a touchscreen. Prop the laptop on your desk in its upturned-V stand mode and scroll through PowerPoint with your fingertips.

HP Envy x360


Programs launch quickly even when multitasking thanks to quad-core processing power and SSD storage. When the day’s over the aluminium design is tough enough for your train commute.

Get the HP Envy x360


For the student

It’s more than just a laptop – you use it for work, for play and for socialising, at home or on campus. From writing and researching essays to binge-watching Netflix, it’s your go-to device.

What to look out for:

  • Portability – 12 to 13-inch laptops designed to be thin and lightweight
  • Flexibility of both a tablet and laptop with 2 in 1 design
  • Windows 10 preinstalled and compatibility with Office 365 for Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Intel Core i5 processor for multitasking and running demanding software
  • 8GB RAM for working efficiently between different programs and running multiple webpages
  • Full HD (1080p) or above screen for Netflix binging

The Surface Pro 4 is built for life on campus. Microsoft calls it the ‘tablet that can replace your laptop’. With its powerful Intel Core processor and lightweight (786g) design we have to agree.

Surface Pro 4

With a digital pen included, it’s perfect for taking notes in lectures. With Windows 10 you can even annotate webpages. Add the magnetic keyboard accessory to transform it into an essay-writing laptop.

Get the Surface Pro 4


For the creative

A keen designer or photographer, you’re thinking of studying for a relevant qualification to get serious about your passion. You’ve heard Abode software is demanding – so what does your laptop need?

What to look out for:

  • Intel Core i5 or i7 processor for running Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator
  • Photoshop and Illustrator rely on your computer’s internal memory. Look for 8GB RAM and upwards
  • Solid State Drive (SSD) storage for faster load times and quiet running
  • Both touchscreen and keyboard controls for flexibility when working in projects – pinch to zoom in or drag your finger to scroll
  • A stylus for drawing on screen – these pressure-sensitive pens can give greater control in creative apps
  • A large high-resolution screen for seeing more of your project and in greater detail

The Surface Book makes a great mobile studio. Your projects will look vibrant and clear on its high-resolution touchscreen. Surface Book

Photoshop and Illustrator will run smoothly with its Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and up to 16GB RAM. It comes with a digital stylus called the Surface Pen which is designed to work with Photoshop and Illustrator. Detach the screen from the keyboard to use as a touchscreen tablet.

Get the Surface Book


Everyday family laptop

A family laptop has to keep up with the chaos of day-to-day life – from homework and family finances to arguments over who’s next and withstanding wear and tear. You need something that ticks all the boxes at the right price.

What to look out for:

  • 15-inch screen for watching movies and doing homework
  • Space for your files and photos – a large hard drive with at least 1TB storage
  • Compatibility with Microsoft Office – Word for homework basic Excel for family finances
  • Intel Core i3 and for web browsing, working in Office and streaming Netflix and Spotify
  • At least 4GB RAM (internal memory) – anything more is a bonus
  • Sturdy design for life in a busy family home

The HP Pavilion 15 is a great all-rounder. Watch Netflix browse the web and email with the Intel Core i3 processor.

HP Pavillion

Windows 10 is designed to run Office – buy Office at a reduced rate for Word (great for homework and planning for meetings). Boxset binging is great with the large 15.6-inch screen and B&O Play speakers.

Get the HP Pavilion 15


For the gamer

PC games can really put a laptop through its paces so it’s not surprising they have their own category. You can find them by filtering the search on our website. Choose the Best For menu and select Gaming

What to look out for:

  • Quad core Intel Core i5/i7 processor – demanding games make use of all 4 cores
  • Dedicated graphics for detailed Full HD visuals – look at NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 or AMD Radeon R9 380
  • Enough RAM for games to run efficiently – 8GB minimum but 16GB recommended
  • Solid state drive (SSD) for faster load times of your games

The Dell Inspiron 15 has everything gamers need from a laptop.

Games will run super smooth and graphics look great with Intel Core i7 processor and dedicated NVIDIA GeForce graphics that more than match its Full HD display for high-res gaming.

Get the Dell Inspiron 15 

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