What laptop should I buy?

Buying a new laptop for yourself or someone else? There’s lots to consider. Our guide will help you buy the right laptop for what you need…

What laptop?

Laptops may look similar from the outside, but on the inside they can be very different. This means it can be difficult to be sure you’re buying the right laptop for your needs. For example, the laptop you’d buy for everyday web browsing and homework wouldn’t be up to the demands of serious multitasking or powerful design software.

Make sure you’re buying the right laptop by understanding what you, or the person on your gift list, will need from it.


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.

Buying the right laptop:

  • Portability – 12 to 13-inch laptops that are thin and lightweight 
  • Windows 10 preinstalled and compatible with Office 365 for Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Intel Core processor for multitasking between work and play
  • At least 4GB RAM for working efficiently between different programs
  • SSD (solid state drive storage) for faster laptop and software load times

The Lenovo Yoga 520 is a 2 in 1 laptop that can also function as a tablet. Lenovo Yoga 520

It’s thin and lightweight for life on campus, and you can watch up to 10 hours of Full HD video on a single charge – hello, Netflix. Whatever your course throws at you, the Yoga can handle it with Intel Core processing. Notetaking in lectures is easy too with the digital pen.

Get the Yoga 520


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.

Buying the right laptop:

  • Windows 10 preinstalled and compatibility with Office 365 for Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Intel Core i5 processor for running several programs at the same time and handling demanding software
  • 8GB RAM  for working in large Excel spreadsheets  
  • SSD storage for super-fast boot times of your laptop and programs like PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Sophisticated metal design – lightweight and tough  

The ASUS ZenBook UX430 has a slender but tough design for the boardroom and your commute. Handle the most demanding elements of Excel with Intel Core i5 processing power and 8GB RAM. Asus Zenbook

Stay on deadline with SSD storage that makes everything faster – from booting up each morning to loading PowerPoint in a client meeting.

Get the ASUS ZenBook UX430


For the creative

A keen designer, artist or photographer, you’re thinking of studying for a qualification to get serious about your passion, or you’re at least wanting to become more familiar with the tools that can help you advance. You’ve heard Abode software is demanding – so what does your laptop need?

Buying the right laptop:

  • Intel Core i5 or i7 processor for running Adobe software
  • At least 8GB RAM to get the best from Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Both touchscreen and keyboard controls for flexibility when working in projects
  • Pressure sensitive stylus for drawing on screen in Adobe apps
  • Large high-resolution screen for close-up work

The Surface Book 2 makes a great mobile studio. Your projects will look vibrant and clear on its high-resolution touchscreen. Surface Book 2Photoshop 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.

Get the Surface Book 2

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.

Buying the right laptop:

  • 2 in 1 design for watching movies in tablet mode and doing homework in laptop mode
  • Space for your files and photos – a large hard drive with at least 1TB storage
  • Compatibility with Microsoft Office for Word and Excel
  • Intel Core i3 and for web browsing, Office and Netflix
  • At least 4GB RAM – anything more is a bonus

The HP Pavilion 14 x360 is a great all-rounder. Its 2 in 1 design means you can switch between laptop and tablet – perfect for working out family finances at the kitchen table and binge-watching Netflix in bed. HP Pavilion x360Everyday tasks like Office, Facebook and web browsing are a breeze with the Intel Core i3 processor.

Get the HP Pavillion 14 x360

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.

Buying the right laptop:

  • Quad core Intel Core i7 processor – demanding games make use of all 4 cores
  • Dedicated graphics – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 or AMD Radeon R9 380
  • 8GB RAM minimum but 16GB recommended
  • Solid state drive (SSD) for faster load times of your games

The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 has everything gamers need at a remarkably budget-friendly price. It’s not the highest spec gaming laptop, but graphically demanding games will run smoothly thanks to the Intel Core i5 processor and NVIDIA GeForce 1050 graphics. Dell Inspiron 15 5000It’s unusual to find this kind of spec at this price, making the Dell 7000 a great option for those looking for their first gaming laptop.

Get the Dell Inspiron 15 7000

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