Best New Laptops: A Buying Guide

Are you in the market for a new laptop? If so, this article is for you! We will give you an overview of what to look for, and we’ll highlight some of the most popular models. The best new laptop for you of course will depend on what your particular needs are. Are you most interested in gaming laptops or notebook laptops? Are you interested in cheap laptops, small laptops, or the very best laptops? While netbooks and tablets can serve certain needs, in this article we are assuming that you want the power and flexibility that good laptops can provide. Let’s talk about some features.

Three of the main types of specs to consider include the following:

Processor: If you’re looking at laptops with Intel processors (beyond the most basic Pentium), the Core i3 has two cores and hyperthreading, a smaller cache, and consumers less power. A Core i5 will provide improved onboard graphics and turbo boost. A Core i7 has anywhere from 2 to 8 cores along with hyperthreading; it will support somewhere between 2 to 8 memory sticks. A Core i7 has a TDP of 10W to 130W. It will also have more cache, a faster turbo boost, and better onboard graphics. Of course a Core i7 laptop will have a higher price tag, so you will want to determine the right balance between performance and price.

RAM: RAM is random access memory, which allows you to multi-task, using multiple programs at the same time. At least 4GB is standard for light multi-tasking, while film work or graphic design will benefit from a minimum of 8GB or even 16GB of RAM.

Storage: The two basic types are SSD and HDD. SSD (solid-state storage) is quicker in opening files, because HDD is slowed by relying on a spinning disk. 256GB is a basic minimum, unless you’re using an external hard drive, which minimizes your onboard needs.

Popular Models

One popular new laptop is the latest Dell Inspiron 15.6” FHD Touchscreen Signature Laptop. This model features an Intel Core i5-6200U, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, DVD, backlit keyboard, HDMI, and Bluetooth. For less than $500, it’s a very good deal. The battery life is stated to be about 6 hours. And for gaming, it can be synced up with an Xbox One.

At a lesser price point, the HP 15-BA009DX offers a 15.6” backlight display, 4 GB memory, and 500 GB HDD. For its low price (well under $300) it includes a lot of extras, including USB3 and two additional USB2 ports, HDMI, Ethernet, memory card slot, LEDs for HD operation, CD/DVD burner, camera, and microphone. Battery life is around 3 hours and can be interchanged.

If a gaming laptop is what you want, the Asus ZX53VW 15.6” Gaming Laptop has an Intel i5-6300HQ 2.3 GHz processor (Turbo takes it to 3.2 GHz), NVidia GeForce GTX 960 4 GB discrete graphics, fast 512GB SSD with 8 GB DDR3 RAM, and extensive connectivity. It will definitely give you the power of an Xbox One or PS4 in a laptop, and it’s about the least expensive laptop in its class (under $800) that can do so.


Of course there are many other models to choose from as well, but this should give you a head start in knowing what to look for. One final consideration: check how well your laptop is upgradeable, in case you need to raise the specs down the road, before having to purchase an entirely new laptop.

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