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Laptops Buying Guide

Laptop Buying Guide

Laptops have the power of a desktop in a convenient, compact & portable form. Tell us how you'll use your laptop and we'll surface the best features for you.

I need a Laptop for:

I just need to browse the web and store small files, media & photos.

I need power and storage to study, take notes & connect on the go.

I need to use my laptop for graphic design and creative work.

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I need to take my laptop on trips and want on-the-go convenience.

I need power & speed to get complex work done quickly.

I need specs that support advanced gaming.

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Everyday Tasks

I just need to browse the web and store small files, media & photos.

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Travel

I need to take my laptop on trips and want on-the-go convenience.

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Student

I need power and storage to study, take notes & connect on the go.

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Business & Productivity

I need power & speed to get complex work done quickly.

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Multimedia & Creative

I need to use my laptop for graphic design and creative work.

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Gaming

I need specs that support advanced gaming.

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We've built specifications based on the most common use cases - gaming, personal use, and business.

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RAM Size

Random-access memory (RAM) is where your computer stores the data that you’re currently using. Casual users need about 4-8 GB. Heavy gamers use 8-16 GB while if you're crunching large sets of data or doing multimedia, 12 GB+ …

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Hard Drive Size

Think of your hard drive as your filing cabinet where you store all of your data. The more you have, the more information you can store.

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Hard Drive Type

There are three main types of drives: solid state (SSD), mechanical (MHD), and hybrid. SSDs typically deliver better performance as they read, write, and access data much faster than hard drives. MHDs have traditionally been …

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Battery Life

Battery life varies dramatically due to the specs, design, and use of your laptop. It really depends on determining how portable you need to be and how often you'll be near an outlet.

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Display Size

Screen size is typically measured in inches, diagonally from corner to corner, and is a good indicator of how big your laptop will be. Everyday use and portability typically calls for screens around 15 inches or less, while …

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Laptop Weight

On average, the larger the screen, the heavier the laptop will be. If you're going to be carrying your laptop around all day, you'll likely want it to weigh no more than 5 pounds.

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Processor Type

Everything that goes on in your device will eventually go through the processor. Chances are pretty good that your laptop will have either an Intel or AMD processor, and they provide performance, speed, and responsive, …

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Graphics Processor

A graphics processing unit (GPU) is a single-chip processor primarily used to manage and boost the performance of video and graphics. If you like to game or do heavy multimedia and creative tasks, pay attention to what GPU is …

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Graphics Type

There are two types of graphics: dedicated and integrated. An integrated GPU doesn't use its own RAM—it utilizes the system's memory, whereas a dedicated, or discrete, GPU has its own independent source of video memory, …

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Operating System

There are three common operating systems (OS): Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X, and Google Chrome. Learn more about each at amazon.com/windows, amazon.com/apple, and amazon.com/chrome.

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Customer Reviews

Millions of Amazon customers have shared their experiences and opinions with their fellow shoppers in the form of reviews. Customers rely on authentic insights from product owners to make purchasing decisions or to research …

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Condition

New is just like it sounds—brand new. A refurbished product has been professionally restored. Used has 4 categories—all must work perfectly! Like new: an apparently untouched item in perfect condition. Very good: a …

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Price

Quite simply: How much to you want to invest in your new laptop?

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