Laptop Buyers Guide

 What to consider

  • There are many laptops to choose from, these can be divided into three main categories. Everyday laptops, ultra slim laptops and gaming laptops.

  • What programs you wish to run on your laptop should be factored into your decision.

  • If you only use simple programs and browse the internet, then an everyday laptop would be suitable. An ultra-slim laptop allows for portability due to its light weight. A gaming laptop allows for a cheap and portable gaming set-up.

Deciding between an everyday laptop, an ultra slim laptop and a gaming laptop

  • If you are only going to use your laptop for browsing the internet, sending emails and using simple programs such as Microsoft Word, then a cheaper everyday laptop should suffice. These are generally quite bulky and heavy meaning they are more suited to a home setting. They are also the cheapest option.

  • If portability is a requirement in your day to day activities, then an ultra-slim laptop is what you should be looking at. It offers great performance in a slim and light package. Perfect for those who travel, those who are currently studying and those who need a portable laptop for work.

  • A gaming laptop is the perfect option for gamers who are looking for a portable gaming set-up that offers great performance. A gaming laptop is the perfect introduction into PC gaming. This is because desktop gaming set-ups can be expensive especially for beginners who don’t know what to look for.

The key components of a computer


  • The CPU acts like the brain. It runs all the computers programs, calculations and operations.

  • Generally, the higher the clock speed, (GHz) the faster the CPU. The more cores, the better the performance and multi-tasking capabilities.

Graphics Card

  • Generates the image on the monitor and is only necessary for gaming, media consumption, video editing, graphics design and 3D rendering.

  • The core clock and the memory size of the graphics card are the two most important factors to look at when purchasing.

  • For a gaming laptop, it is a good idea to buy a laptop with a graphics card that has the highest memory size and core clock that you can afford to maximise performance.


  • RAM stores small amounts of data but at transfers it at extremely high speeds.

  • It is important to buy the same type & speed of RAM because mixing and matching may cause the RAM to not run at the highest speed possible.

  • Aim for at least 4gb of RAM for everyday use, 8gb for gaming and software and 16gb for intense editing software.


  • A SSD generally have high speeds but smaller storage amount while a HDD will have high storage size but slow speeds.

  • For a laptop, look for an SSD if you want fast boot up times and faster data transfer speeds. Go for a hard drive if you want a cheaper option or for more storage but slower speeds.

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