Laptop Buying Guide | Argos


The perfect balance between power and portability - find the laptop that meets your social, gaming and work needs.

I want a laptop for...

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Everyday shopping & social media

We recommend

  • 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 multi-tasking.

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Acing assignments & working on-the-go

We recommend

  • 10" to 14" for working wherever you need to.
  • Battery life that lasts all day, so you spend less time charging.
  • 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.

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Getting creative with design & video editing

We recommend

  • At least a 15" inch 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 128GB of storage, including SSD, so you can access your files super fast.
  • A powerful graphics card.

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Films & standard PC gaming

We recommend

  • 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.

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High performance gaming

We recommend

  • Laptops built specifically for gaming.
  • 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.

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Ultimate flexibility

We recommend

  • 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.

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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.

Screen size


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 holiday or on your commute.

Operating system

Windows - The most commonly used OS and likely the one you are most familiar with. Compatible with popular Microsoft Office apps, such as Word and Excel, but you may need to buy the subscription separately. Most popular for gamers.

MacBook - macOS is a clean and well-designed alternative to Windows and only used in Apple products. It's also easy to sync them up with any other Apple devices you might own.

Chromebook - An internet based laptop that uses Chrome OS. They have very little physical storage space, which makes them super fast for browsing and web-only tasks. The downside is that you can't play games or use many offline apps. Perfect if you just want to use the internet or online office apps like Google Docs.

What is a 2-in-1 laptop?

Shop 2-in-1 laptops

Why choose between a laptop and tablet when you can have both? With a 2-in-1, you can detach and re-attach the keyboard when you need it. Some models, such as the Lenovo Yoga, can tilt 360 degrees, letting you use it as a stand. A perfect choice that enables you to get the best of both worlds.


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.


The processor, or CPU, is the brain of your PC. It 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 multi tasking.

Processor comparison

BASIC Celeron, Pentium E2, A4
MID-RANGE i3, i5 A6, A9, A10, Ryzen 3
HIGH PERFORMANCE i7, i9 Ryzen 5, Ryzen 7, Ryzen Threadripper

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.

Cores - 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 multi-tasking, as it can assign more cores to different tasks.

RAM - 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.

Graphics card (GPU) - 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.

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