Choosing which laptop to buy depends how you’ll be using it. For working from home and commuting, portability is key. Something light enough to carry from the kitchen to the home office. Or eventually back to the real office. Power is important too - video editing needs different laptop specs to essay writing. Our buying guide will help you to decide what laptop you should buy.
Size is an important factor in deciding which laptop you should buy. The size of a laptop is defined by its screen size and its design.
Up to 14-inch
Smaller laptops designed for life on the move. The narrower design can be easily slipped into a satchel-type bag.
The average laptop size. Combines portable design with a wider screen, so you can multi-task whether on the go or working from home.
The biggest laptops. Large screens are ideal for creative projects or spreadsheets. Can also get more on the screen for multi-tasking.
Want the big screen of a 17-inch laptop with the portability of a smaller design? Pioneering design packs a 17-inch screen into a 15.6-inch laptop body.Learn more
Laptop weights vary across different sizes. Some of the best lightweight laptops in the 14-inch category can be as thin as 17mm and weigh less than 1kg.
Your laptop’s processor is like its brain. It decides whether the laptop can run complex software, like video editing and design programs, and how well your laptop can multitask (run several applications at once). The number of cores a processor has determines its power. Intel® Core™ processors are the best-known.. The latest are Intel 11th Gen:
Entry-level Intel Core processor. Delivers average performance for office work, streaming music and video, and browsing the web. Struggles to multitask.
Ideal for creatives and multi-taskers. With up to six cores, the i5 makes light work of complicated tasks like huge spreadsheets and design software. Effortlessly multi-tasks.
4K gamers, video editors and other people who need lots of power get it with the i7. It has six cores and another six virtual cores, providing accelerated performance and powerful multi-tasking.
Picture quality is defined by screen resolution. Full HD (1920x1080) was for a long time the best laptop screen resolution. Now, some laptops boast higher resolution screens. For example, WQXGA screens are 2560x1600, considerably higher than Full HD. Designers, video editors and gamers will all benefit from a high-resolution display. The screen is an important part of deciding which laptop to buy. Consider:
Measures the width and height of the screen. Many laptops have 16:9 – similar to widescreen TVs. But 16:10 laptops like LG gram have a taller wide screen. More space to write reports and edit video.
In Plane Switching (IPS)
This technology gives you a better viewing angle of your laptop screen. This means you can give a presentation or watch videos in a group – without any impact on picture quality.
Measures the width and height of the screen.
Gives you a better viewing angle
Laptop storage is all about how much stuff it can store. This includes photos, music and video, but also documents, software and programs – for example Word or Photoshop. Storage amount is measured in gigabytes, better known as GB, with everything stored inside a hard drive. There are two main options for laptop storage. The one you choose depends on what you need to store and how quickly you want to work.
HDD (hard disk drive)
Traditional hard drives that offer huge storage capacities. The downsides? Slow and noisy to run. Chunky designs made up of moving parts means they’re suited to larger laptops.
SSD (solid-state drive)
Flash storage that loads much faster and is almost silent. They offer more compact designs, perfect for thin laptops. The downside? Smaller storage capacities and higher cost. The LG gram adds a slot for an additional SSD drive, to bring you speed and substantial storage.
Laptop memory is all about how long it takes your laptop to do what you’ve asked it. Its proper name is RAM, which stands for random access memory. The more RAM you have, the better.
When you open a file or load a program, your laptop must retrieve it from the hard drive. Once it has done this, the information is saved nearby, so you can access it easier next time. This place is your laptop’s memory, or RAM. When the file or program is saved and closed, it will be stored back on the hard drive.
The more RAM you have, the faster your laptop will operate – retrieving, opening and running applications. Programs, sites and documents you use regularly will always be in easy reach. Experts recommend 8GB RAM as a minimum. But some laptops have as much as 16GB.Learn more about memory