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How to Buy a Laptop

How to Buy a Laptop

Eric Dahl, InsideTech

July 31, 2009

Over the last few years, laptops have become powerful, portable, and inexpensive enough that it’s easy to get by without a desktop machine. As laptops have become more of a default than a luxury, the range of features, models, and prices has expanded greatly.

Sorting through all those options isn’t always easy, but these 10 rules for laptop buying should help you cut through all the hype and find a machine that does exactly what you want and is a great value to boot.

1. Laptops Are Sort of Disposable

2. Netbooks Ain’t All They’re Cracked up to Be

3. Memory Upgrades Are Usually a Rip-Off

4. Battery Life Figures ALWAYS Lie

5. Discrete Graphics Are Worth the Price

6. Wider Isn’t Always Better

7. SSDs Are Cool, but They Don’t Make Sense Yet

8. You Shouldn’t Buy AMD

9. Consider an AnyOS Machine (a.k.a. a Mac)

10. Don’t Wait for What’s Coming (Except from Apple)