What laptop should I buy?



Buying a new laptop for yourself or someone else? Find the right one with our quick and easy guide…

What laptop should I buy

The type of laptop you need completely depends on what you'd use it for every day. A laptop you’d buy for everyday web browsing and homework won’t be up to the demands of serious multitasking or powerful design software.

To make sure you’re buying the right laptop, you need to understand what you, or the person on your gift list, will need from it.

 

For the student

It’s not just a laptop – you use it for work, play and socialising – at home or on campus.

For the student

What to look for:

  • 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 load times

Lenovo Yoga 530

The Lenovo Yoga 530 is a 2 in 1 laptop that also functions as a tablet.

It’s thin and lightweight for life on campus, and with a 10-hour battery life, you don’t have to worry about running out of juice. Packed with speed and power, the Yoga will handle whatever you throw at it.

When work’s over, catch up on your favourite shows with the wide-angle Full HD display and virtual surround sound speakers.

Get the Lenovo Yoga 530

 

For the busy professional

It’s your ally in tackling spreadsheets and mastering PowerPoint presentations. Thin, light and powerful – a premium Windows 10 laptop really looks the business.

What to look for:

  • Access to Office 365 for Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Intel Core i5 or equivalent processor for running multiple programs and handling demanding software
  • 8GB RAM for working in large Excel spreadsheets
  • SSD storage for super-fast boot times of your laptop and software

Acer Swift 3

The Acer Swift 3 has a stylish, yet rugged design with Corning Gorilla Glass to protect it from the occasional tumble. The SSD storage makes everything faster – from booting up each morning to loading PowerPoint in a client meeting.

However complex your spreadsheets, the powerful AMD Ryzen 5 processor will handle them with ease.

Get the Acer Swift 3

 

For the creative

A keen designer, artist or photographer, you want to get serious about your passion, or at least want to become more familiar with the tools that can help you advance. You’ve heard Adobe software is demanding – so what does your laptop need?

What to look for:

  • 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 the screen in Adobe apps
  • Large high-resolution screen for close-up work

Microsoft Surface Book 2

With four modes of use, the Surface Book 2 is a fully mobile studio. Your projects will look vibrant and clear on its high-resolution touchscreen and 3D graphics and visuals will bring your drawings to life.

Photoshop and Illustrator will run smoothly all day with its Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM and whopping 17-hour battery life.

Get the Microsoft 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’, you need something that ticks all the boxes, at the right price.

What to look for:

  • 2 in 1 design for watching movies in tablet mode and doing homework in laptop mode
  • At least 1TB storage for all your files and photos
  • 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

HP 14

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.

Multi-tasking is easy with the powerful processor and the smooth metal finish gives this laptop a touch of style.

Get the HP Pavilion 14 x360

 

For the gamer

PC games can really put a laptop through its paces. Avoid slow load speeds and FPS drops ruining your game with a laptop specifically designed for gaming.

For the gamer

What to look for:

  • 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

Dell Inspiron 15 7000

The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 is a rare thing: a gaming laptop on a budget. Featuring the latest Intel 8th Generation Quad Core processor, NVIDIA GeForce MX130 graphics card and professional grade sound, you get a lot for your money. Even better, it looks good and is light enough to carry around.

Get the Dell Inspiron 15 7000

 

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