Which laptop to buy?
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Types of laptop
Whatever you need a laptop for...
- Chromebooks for fast, smooth online browsing.
- 10" to 16" inch screen size for easy use on your lap or home desk.
- 2GB or 4GB RAM, with a dual or quad-core processor for light multitasking.
Laptops for designers and photo editors
- At least a 15" screen that's 4K for the sharpest visuals.
- Powerful processor, with turbo boost, and at least 8GB RAM to breeze through even the toughest tasks.
- More than 128+GB of storage, including SSD, so you can access your files super fast.
Laptops for essay writing and notetaking
- 10" to 14" for working wherever you need.
- Battery life that lasts all day.
- At least 128GB of SSD storage or plenty of online cloud-storage.
- At least 4GB of RAM and a quad-core processor for smooth performance.
Laptops for watching films and standard gaming
- At least a 14" screen to make the most of movies and games.
- A basic to mid-range Nvidia or AMD graphics card.
- At least 256GB of HDD storage space, plenty of room for games and box sets.
- An i5 processor or better and at least 6GB of RAM.
High performance gaming laptops
- i7 processor and the best dedicated graphics cards.
- 8GB or 16GB RAM for the very best performance.
- Overclocking and turbo boost for handling the toughest tasks.
Laptops with ultimate flexibility
- 2 in 1 laptops, that let you detach the keyboard for use as a tablet.
- Lightweight, with a smaller screen.
- Rotatable keyboard, letting you prop the screen up like a stand.
Working from home
Having the right laptop so you can work effectively and efficiently from home, will be key in helping your day run smoothly. Take a look at our laptops and find one that suits your working from home needs. If you need more working from home inspiration, our handy guide will help you make sure you've got the perfect set up.
Laptops for university
Laptops are a vital bit of equipment when it comes to university. So it's important to get the right laptop that can keep up with everything you throw at it. Browse our laptops and find the perfect fit for your university course. Still unsure? Our helpful guide will take you through some key things to consider when choosing your new laptop or PC.
Laptops in depth
Still not sure what to go for? Our in-depth guide takes you through all the important bits, like screen size, operating systems, processors and graphics cards.
What screen size should I go for?
- 10" to 14" - Perfect for use on-the-go. They're light, easy to carry in a laptop bag and take up less space on a desk, train, or wherever you are. They can be less suited to gaming, editing and getting the best film or TV experience.
- 14" to 16" - The most common screen size. Portable enough to take with you, but also suitable for sitting on your desk at home or at work. The screen is big enough to enjoy games and movies, without feeling too big or chunky.
- 16"+ - The ideal compromise between a desktop monitor and portable device. They're perfect for creative types and gamers who don't want to be confined to one location, but a little too large and heavy to take on your commute.
With three main operating systems to choose from, discover which one will suit your computing needs.
The most commonly used operating system, and likely the one you are most familiar with. It's compatible with a large number of laptop and PC brands.
Why it's great:
- Easy to use.
- Optimised for gaming.
- Lots of easy to download apps and games from the Microsoft store.
Things to note:
- Compatible with popular Microsoft Office apps, such as Word and Excel, but the subscription for these may need to be purchased separately.
Found exclusively on Apple products, this is a fast, powerful and protected operating system, which is easy to sync up with other Apple devices you may own.
Why it's great:
- Ideal for multi-tasking.
- Built-in privacy features and security.
- Lots of easy to download apps from the Apple App store.
Things to note:
- App availability is limited in comparison to Windows and Chrome OS.
Exclusive to Chromebooks, this is a speedy, simple and secure operating system built by Google. Log into your Google account to sync Chrome across your devices.
Why it's great:
- Built in virus-protection.
- Up to 12 hours of battery life.
- Lots of easy to download apps from the Google Play store.
Things to note:
- Before you buy software, you'll need to make sure it's compatible with Chrome OS.
What storage do I need?
What's the difference between SSD and HDD?
HDD (hard disk drive) and SSD (solid-state drive) are the main types of storage that come with a laptop. How much you need and what type depends on what and how much you plan to keep saved.
SSD is best if...
-You need to access your files quickly.
-You don't need more than 256GB storage.
-You don't mind paying extra for faster load up and file access.
HDD is best if...
-You need up to 1TB of storage.
-You want to save lots of TV shows, films or games.
-You want greater choice of laptop.
What is a processor?
The brain of your PC
The processor, or CPU, controls how your laptop runs and how well it performs. Most processors are produced by either Intel or AMD. A better processor means faster performance and greater multitasking.
- Intel: Celeron, Pentium.
- AMD: A4, A6, A9
- Intel: i3, i5.
- AMD: A10, Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5
- Intel: i7, i9
- AMD: Ryzen 7
Discover Intel 10th Gen
10th Gen Intel Core processors are built to learn and adapt as you use them with their smart AI technology. Also featuring Thunderbolt 3, 4K HDR, Intel Wi-fi 6 and newly designed CPU and GPUs, they will enable you to get things done more rapidly and efficiently than ever before.
CPU - all you need to know
Clock speed and turbo boost
The clock speed defines how fast a processor is. Clock speed is measured in GHZ and the more it has, the faster it will run. Processors with turbo boost have an extra advantage, as they can increase speed to meet the needs of more intense tasks.
Processors will either have 2 (Dual-core), 4 (Quad-core) or 8 (Octa-core) cores. Cores are essentially mini-processors and the more cores your laptop has, the better it is at multitasking, as it can assign more cores to different tasks.
RAM also affects the speed and performance of your laptop. Your options will be 2, 4, 8 and 16GB. Having more RAM makes it easier and quicker to access your files and programs.
Integrated or shared graphics cards run using a laptops RAM. This is better for people who like to watch films or play basic games. For high performance gaming a dedicated graphics card will offer far better visuals.
Staying safe online and looking after your laptop
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