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Laptop Buying Guide

Looking for a laptop for yourself or someone in the family? It can be tough to find the laptop that has the functionality, style and value you seek. Fortunately, this handy buying guide can help you narrow down your decision based on the needs and personalities of the ones who will be using it.

Laptops for kids

Today’s technology makes it easy and engaging for your little learner to grasp concepts like colors, shapes, music and more. There are a plethora of kids’ laptops on the market, like this affordable LeapFrog laptop, that are the perfect stepping stone in your young one’s education.

Laptops for college students

A college student needs a small, lightweight laptop that can be carried to class every day in a backpack. Chromebook laptops are college-friendly, offering the benefits above in addition to quick startup, handy apps, affordability and more.

Laptops for gadget gurus

This person wants the latest and greatest laptop out on the market. Be on the lookout for a sleek design and premium specs, like the latest Intel processor (i5 or better), at least 8GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive. Gadget gurus might also dig the new 2-in-1 convertible laptops (think laptop and tablet in one) and touchscreen laptops.

Laptops for gamers

For serious gamers, the most important aspect in any laptop will be the graphics component. Avoid integrated graphics in favor of a dedicated graphics chip, preferably an Intel Core i7 chip. Large screen size (17") and a high-resolution screen are also key specs to keep in mind. The Fangbook EVO is a good one.

Laptops for business users

Whether you’re traveling or in the office, you’ll want a laptop mainly for writing and editing text, sending emails and creating presentation decks and spreadsheets. But don’t discount a comfortable keyboard and a screen with anti-reflective coating. Try this business laptop for size.

Before you hit the stores, learn more about laptop lingo.

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