Helpful tips for buying a new laptop
Buying a new laptop can be stressful. A new computer is a big expense, for starters, and there are lots of different things to keep in mind, like which operating system you want, how much memory to include, what size displays to use and more.
Consider your needs: Some computers are better for those who work in videos and images, others are better for things such as gaming and utility. Which computer works best for you depends on your needs, but once you know what you want, you’ll be able to search around for the best prices.
Mac, PC or Linux?
The first question you’ll need to answer is which operating system you want to go with. For most people, that means a Mac computer from Apple or one that runs on Microsoft’s Windows operating system. If you’d rather opt for the much more open, technical Linux OS, you already know it – so the big question is what you want to do with your machine.
Windows PCs are a little better for activities such as gaming and tinkering with your system to be more in line with what you want on a micro level, while Macs are better for things such as video and photo editing, but won’t let users mess around with settings as much as Windows machines might.
Finding the machine for you
Narrowing down what you intend to do with your new laptop will help you figure out what kind of laptop you need – whether it should include things such as a big hard drive or powerful graphics card, a large display, optical drives and more. Figuring out the ins and outs of what you absolutely need will help you to cut the fat and keep the cost of your new computer to a minimum.
Next, it’s time to find the right price, and that means shopping around. Stores such as Best Buy and Walmart offer ready-made computers with set specifications (and offer 2 percent cash back and 3 percent cash back, respectively). Dell, on the other hand, will sell you PCs you can customize, at least to a certain degree (and also offers 2 percent cash back). If you’d rather build your own laptop from scratch, you can try to get components from Newegg; for gaming PCs, Alienware can hook you up (with 2 percent cash back).
For Mac computers, Apple is the obvious choice (and you’ll get as much as 1 percent cash back for checking it out), but many other retailers also offer Mac computers. They’re more expensive than their Windows counterparts, though, so keep that in mind.