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Purchasing a Laptop can be quite an intimidating task as there are so many aspects to consider. In this Buying guide, we would like to help you choose the best laptop for you. 

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  • Microsoft Surface Pro 1807 Tablet - 12.3" - 8 GB RAM - 256 GB SSD - Windows 10 Pro 64-bit - 4G - Silver - Intel Core i5 7th Gen i5-7300U...
    $1.70 $1.85 8% off
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th Gen 20QD0005US 14" Touchscreen Ultrabook - 1920 x 1080 - Intel Core i7 (8th Gen) i7-8565U Quad-core (4 Core) 1.80 GHz - 8 GB RAM - 256 GB SSD - Windows 10 Pro - Intel UHD Graphics 620 - In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology - English (US) Keyboard - IEEE 802.11ac Wireless
    $1,496.00 $2,619.00 43% off
  • Asus VivoBook 15 F512DA F512DA-EB51 15.6" Ultrabook - Full HD - 1920 x 1080 - AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Quad-core (4 Core) 2 GHz - 8 GB RAM - 256 GB SSD - Slate Gray - Windows 10 Home - AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics - IEEE 802.11ac Wireless LAN Standard
    $717.00
  • ASUS TUF Gaming A17 TUF706IU-AS76 17.3" Gaming Notebook - Full HD - 1920 x 1080 - AMD Ryzen 7 4800H Octa-core (8 Core) 2.90 GHz - 16 GB RAM - 1 TB SSD - Fortress Gray - Windows 10 Home - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with 6 GB, AMD Radeon Graphics - In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology - 12.30 Hour Batt
    $1,529.00
  • ASUS ROG Zephrus GA401IU-BS76 14" Gaming Notebook PC - AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS 2.9GHz - 16GB Ram - 512GB SSD - GeForce GTX 1660Ti 6GB - Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
    $1,745.00
  • Acer CP5-471 CP5-471-35T4 14" Chromebook - HD - 1366 x 768 - Intel Core i3 i3-6100U Dual-core (2 Core) 2.30 GHz - 4 GB RAM - 32 GB Flash Memory - Chrome OS - Intel HD Graphics 520 - ComfyView - IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wireless LAN Standard
    $572.00 $579.99
  • Lenovo 14e Chromebook 81MH000GCF 14" Chromebook - 1920 x 1080 - AMD A-Series A4-9120 Dual-core (2 Core) 1.60 GHz - 4 GB RAM - 32 GB Flash Memory - Mineral Gray - Chrome OS - AMD Radeon R3 Graphics - Twisted nematic (TN) - English (US), French Keyboard - IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wireless LAN Standard
    $371.00 $399.00 7% off
  • Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 4-1570 80SB000QCF 15.6" Touchscreen 2 in 1 Ultrabook - 1920 x 1080 - Intel Pentium 4405U Dual-core (2 Core) 2.10 GHz - 8 GB RAM - 1 TB HDD - Black - Windows 10 Home - Intel HD Graphics 510 - In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology - English (US), French Keyboard - IEEE 802.11ac Wirel
    $839.00 $924.59 9% off
  • Acer C731 C731-C8VE 11.6" Chromebook - HD - 1366 x 768 - Intel Celeron N3060 Dual-core (2 Core) 1.60 GHz - 4 GB RAM - 16 GB Flash Memory - Chrome OS - Intel HD Graphics 400 - ComfyView - IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wireless LAN Standard
    $331.00
  • Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH 81SX0005US 15.6" Gaming Notebook - 1920 x 1080 - Intel Core i7 (9th Gen) i7-9750H Hexa-core (6 Core) 2.60 GHz - 16 GB RAM - 1 TB HDD - 512 GB SSD - Black - Windows 10 Pro - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with 6 GB - In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology - English (US) Keyboard - I
    $2,065.00
  • Asus ZenBook 14 UX434 UX434FLC-XH77 14" Notebook - Full HD - 1920 x 1080 - Intel Core i7 (10th Gen) i7-10510U Quad-core (4 Core) 1.80 GHz - 16 GB RAM - 512 GB SSD - Royal Blue - Windows 10 Pro - NVIDIA GeForce MX250 with 2 GB, Intel UHD Graphics 620 - IEEE 802.11ax Wireless LAN Standard
    $1,527.00
  • Asus Chromebook C523 C523NA-DH02 15.6" Chromebook - HD - 1366 x 768 - Intel Celeron N3350 Dual-core (2 Core) 1.10 GHz - 4 GB RAM - 32 GB Flash Memory - Metal Silver, Black - Chrome OS - Intel HD Graphics 500 - IEEE 802.11ac Wireless LAN Standard
    $357.00
  • Lenovo 300e Winbook 81FY000XCF 11.6" Touchscreen 2 in 1 Notebook - 1366 x 768 - Intel Celeron N3450 Quad-core (4 Core) 1.10 GHz - 4 GB RAM - 64 GB Flash Memory - Windows 10 Pro - In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology - French Keyboard - IEEE 802.11ac Wireless LAN Standard
    $392.00
  • Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH 81FV0001US 15.6" Gaming Notebook - 1920 x 1080 - Intel Core i7 (8th Gen) i7-8750H Hexa-core (6 Core) 2.20 GHz - 8 GB RAM - 1 TB HDD - Black - Windows 10 Home - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4 GB, Intel UHD Graphics 630 - In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology - 9.50 Hour Batt
    $1,449.00
  • ASUS FX706II TUF A17 Series 17.3" Gaming Notebook PC - amd Ryzen 5 4600h 3.0ghz - 8gb Ddr4 Ram - 512gb Pcie Ssd - GeForce GTX 1650 Ti 4GB GDDR6 - Windows 10 Home - Fortress Gray
    $1,499.00
  • Lenovo N22-20 80SF001EUS 11.6" Chromebook - 1366 x 768 - Intel Celeron N3060 Dual-core (2 Core) 1.60 GHz - 2 GB RAM - 16 GB Flash Memory - Business Black - Chrome OS - Intel HD Graphics 400 - Twisted nematic (TN) - English (US) Keyboard - IEEE 802.11ac Wireless LAN Standard
    $270.00
  • Lenovo N42-20 80US0005CF 14" Chromebook - 1366 x 768 - Intel Celeron N3060 Dual-core (2 Core) 1.60 GHz - 2 GB RAM - 16 GB Flash Memory - Chrome OS - Intel HD Graphics 400 - Twisted nematic (TN) - English (US), French Keyboard - IEEE 802.11ac Wireless LAN Standard
    $293.00
  • Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GX502 GX502LWS-XS76 15.6" Gaming Notebook - Full HD - 1920 x 1080 - Intel Core i7 (10th Gen) i7-10875H 2.30 GHz - 16 GB RAM - 1 TB SSD - Brushed Black - Windows 10 Pro - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super with 8 GB, Intel UHD Graphics 630 - In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology - IEEE
    $3,039.00
  • HP mt21 14" Thin Client Notebook - 1366 x 768 - Intel Celeron 3867U Dual-core (2 Core) 1.80 GHz - 4 GB RAM - 128 GB SSD - ThinPro - Intel HD Graphics - IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wireless LAN Standard
    $639.00 $689.00 7% off
  • Dell Wyse 5000 5470 14" Thin Client Notebook - Full HD - 1920 x 1080 - Intel Celeron N4100 Quad-core (4 Core) - 4 GB RAM - 16 GB Flash Memory - Wyse Thin OS - Intel UHD Graphics 600 - Twisted nematic (TN) - English Keyboard - IEEE 802.11ac Wireless LAN Standard
    $860.00 $922.96 7% off
  • HP OMEN 17-an100 17-an110ca 17.3" Gaming Notebook - 1920 x 1080 - Intel Core i7 (8th Gen) i7-8750H Hexa-core (6 Core) 2.20 GHz - 12 GB RAM - 1 TB HDD - 128 GB SSD - Shadow Black - Windows 10 Home - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB - In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology - IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac Wireless
    $1,978.00 $2,495.82 21% off

Buying guide

 

Shopbot's Official 2020 Buying Guide for Laptops

 

Let’s Look At Some Key Factors To Consider:

 

·         Screen size and resolution

·         Operating System

·         Processor- Intel or AMD

·         GPU- integrated or dedicated?

·         Memory- RAM

·         Storage- Hard drive

·         Battery life

 

Screen Size and Resolution

Laptop screens have two main features, screen size and resolution.

Screen size is measured in inches diagonally, and Laptops often range in sizes from 12” to 17”. Do keep in mind a larger screen is cumbersome and weighs more.

Screen resolution is determined by pixel density; this is the number of pixels packed together in the screen, the higher the pixel density, the greater definition. There are a few kinds of displays, such as HD, FHD, 4K, UHD, and Retina.

 

·         HD High-Definition refers to a display of 1280x720 pixels, and this screen size is not very clear and sharp.

·         FHD Full-High-Definition, often known as 1080p, has a resolution of 1920x1080p.

·         UHD Ultra-High-Definition has a resolution of 3840x2160p.

·         4K is a resolution of 4000 pixels often 4096x2160p.

·         Retina is a term for Apple displays, having a resolution of 2304x1440p and higher.

 

2-in1 laptops are touchscreens that offer extra versatility, which often helps creative and medical users. There is a downside to this, and that is that it drains battery life significantly.

 

Operating System

Operating systems are the software that runs the laptop; there are three leading brands: Windows, macOS, and Chrome. Each of these OS have their merit, but it comes down to affordability and usability.  

 

Processor: Intel or AMD

The processor is the core of it all and making the most significant difference to the performance of the laptop. There are two leading manufactures of processors Intel and AMD.

 

Intel is a household brand often found in most laptops to date, known for reliability and performance, along with being integrated with other devices and consoles.

Their entry-level processor is the i3, the mid-range is the i5, and the high-end range is the i7 and i9.

 

AMD has made considerable improvements to their processors, making them surpass in performance over Intel. Reliability, customer service, lower cost, and superior performance makes looking at this choice a smart option. Their entry-level processor is the Ryzen 3, Mid-range processor is the Ryzen 5, and their high-end range is the Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 9. 

 

GPU: Integrated or dedicated?

GPU stands for graphics processing unit; this is the brains behind generating images that are displayed. Laptops generally have integrated (built into) cards, and a few have dedicated (separate cards) this is best suited for the people that use graphic intensive programs.

 

Integrated Card:

 

Pros:

·         Cheaper

·         Less heat generated

·         Uses less power

Cons:

·         Can’t run programs that require intensive graphics

·         Can’t be changed later

·         Far less powerful

 

Dedicated Card:

 

Pros:

·         Can run games and graphic design programs

·         Can be upgraded later

·         Less strain on your CPU and RAM

Cons:

·         Needs lots of cooling

·         Expensive

 

Memory-RAM

RAM stands for random access memory; this allows for your device to run programs in the background and store data that can be accessed quickly for multitasking. The bigger and faster the RAM, the more data your device stores in the background. In short, this allows for a faster PC and better multitasking abilities.

 

Storage Hard-Drive

The hard drive provides space for your files and data. There are two kinds of storage options Mechanical Hard Disk Drive (HDD) and Solid-State Drive (SSD).

HDDs have become less popular as they have moving parts so they can be noisy, brake easier, and take longer to load programs and boot up, but they cost less.

SSDs don’t have moving parts, thus making them quieter, more durable, and compact. They offer faster boot-up speeds and data transfer, and this comes at a higher price difference to the HDD.

 

Battery Life

Battery life varies by the size of the battery, hardware, and software. Having a large battery may not give you a full days use if you are running power-intensive hardware and software.

Will you need it to last all day or can you charge it throughout the day, will the weight be an issue or is it mostly an office/home PC. Display size, CPU, GPU, and the hard-drive all play essential parts in battery usage thought the day, so keep that in mind when purchasing your laptop.

 

 

To wrap it up, looking at your use for it will give you key points to focus on and what is relevant to you. Look at laptops that fit into your needs and price range and remember bigger RAM better multitasking.

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