Laptop Buying Guide...

Laptop Buying Guide...


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Whether you are going back to school, starting college or in need of a new laptop for the home, it can be a very difficult purchase if you are not a tech head.  We get asked all the time what type of laptop would best suit the buyer and it’s a difficult one to answer as there are so many laptops on the market and all at different price ranges. 

If you are a little lost when purchasing a new laptop, it is best to buy from an expert who will suggest the best option for you, which is why we suggest buying from stores like ourselves who not only offer great customer service but also a great after-care service. 

There are a few things to consider when buying a laptop and these considerations are different for every customer but here are some general things to consider.


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Buying for a student in College/University

Firstly, what will they be studying in college/university?

If it is an IT/Graphics design course then they will need a machine with higher specifications. 

Look out for a minimum of 4GB RAM (random access memory) which is the computer’s memory but 8GB would be ideal and plenty of storage, ideally 1TB.  The more memory and storage, the higher the price but they shouldn’t have any issues running specific programs they need to use for their course.   Programs like Photoshop and Illustrator take up a lot of storage and need a good bit of RAM to run smoothly.  

Screen size depends on preference but for graphics, a bigger screen (around 15”) would be more beneficial. 

If a student is just looking for a machine for word processing/assignments/web browsing than a cheaper, the less specked machine will do perfectly as these programs run on less memory.  You can also buy additional storage in the form of a USB key or an external hard drive.   

If they will be on the go make sure your laptop is lightweight.  The less it weighs and slimmer it is the easier it will be to carry around.

Always check if the course provides Microsoft Office (Word, Excel etc) free of charge which most courses do. If so you will only need to buy a laptop and not a bundle which is what most students would consider buying. 

If coursework is done online, then laptops with smaller hard drives will suffice.  You can check these things out before you begin your course. 

Finally, check out the keyboard. Make sure it is comfortable especially if they will be typing a lot of coursework.


Buying for Home or School.

First thing you need to consider is what will it be used for.  If it is mainly internet use, a tablet might be better suited. 

Other options available:

Laptops: 

This is a better option for those who need to use Microsoft Office (Word, Excel etc)  

All in one desktop (monitor and the hard drive is one unit):

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These options are great for students in primary or secondary as it will have everything they need for their studies.

Consider how long you will be looking at the screen.  Touch screens tend to be glossier which means more reflections.  Consider a laptop with high resolution to help lesson eye strain.

Schools don’t use disc drives but if you are still using them for home use you need to consider whether you will still need it as these are becoming obsolete on most laptops.

You may be better of buying a bundle deal as you will get Microsoft Office and internet security within the bundle.   If you have younger users in the house you can put parental locks on and limit internet use. 


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Once you have a general idea of what you are looking for and your price range, pop instore to chat to David or Daniel and they will suggest some options for you.