Written by Kasper

Tips for buying a laptop

You're about to buy a new laptop. It's quite a challenge, because where do you start? There are dozens of laptops to choose from, but which one actually fits what you're looking for? We have 6 tips for you to prevent choice overload. That way, you'll find the laptop that's ideal for you more easily.

In short

  • Tip 1. Consider what you'll be using the laptop for.
  • Tip 2. Match your budget to your expectations.
  • Tip 3. For on the go, choose a laptop no larger than 15 inches.
  • Tip 4. In case of choice overload, choose a 2-in-1 laptop.
  • Tip 5. Choose a laptop with a lot of ports when you plan to use a lot of peripherals.
  • Tip 6. Read reviews.

1. Consider what you'll be using the laptop for.

Man works on laptop at a table.
  • Using the Internet and sending email? Choose a laptop up to 500 euros
  • Photo editing? Choose a laptop with at least an i5 processor
  • Video editing? Choose a laptop with an i7 processor and video card
  • Gaming? Choose a laptop with a video card

When you're buying a laptop, you probably already know what you're going to use it for. For example, are you only going to browse the Internet and watch Netflix, or do you plan to, for example, edit photos or play a game? You probably have certain usage situations in mind for your laptop. Not every laptop is suitable for all tasks. In order to make things easier for yourself, use our product filter to filter by usage situation. That way, you'll immediately find the ideal laptop that you can use to edit photos or play games, even when you don't know anything about specifications.

2. Match your budget to your expectations

A MacBook and a laptop side by side.
  • Going to perform simple tasks? Lower your budget
  • More demanding tasks? Raise your budget

The more demanding the tasks you'll be performing on your laptop, the more powerful it'll need to be. Powerful laptops cost more to buy, too. For example, don't expect a 600-euro laptop to allow you to play high-end games on high settings. That 600-euro laptop won't be able to handle it. Accept that you'll need to throw in a couple more hundred euros to be able to buy that cool gaming laptop. Keep in mind that if you want to show off with a new MacBook, 800 euros won't get you there. That's why you should match your budget to your expectations in order to prevent disappointment.

3. Choose a laptop under 14 inches if you want to use it on the go

Man takes an Asus laptop with him on the go.
  • 10 to 14-inch laptops: easy to carry around
  • 15 and 17-inch laptops: suitable for at home or in the office
  • Browsing and sending email? Choose an HD screen
  • Watching Netflix and movies, photo editing, or gaming? Choose an FHD screen at least

Will your laptop be coming with you on the go a lot, or will you mainly be using it at home or in the office? In the latter case, choose a 15 or 17-inch laptop. That way, you'll have a big screen to do everything on. If you travel a lot, choose a laptop no larger than 15 inches with a weight no higher than 1.5 kilograms. This way, you'll make sure you won't be hauling it around until it becomes a hassle.

4. In case of choice overload, choose a 2-in-1 laptop

Man is working on a 2-in-1 laptop while sitting in a chair and drinking coffee.
  • Stressed out by the choice between a tablet and a laptop? Choose a 2-in-1

In the past, you could only choose from standard laptops. Now, there's a lot more choice as far as casings go. How about a 2-in-1 laptop? As the name implies, this laptop offers the best of 2 worlds. These laptops are equipped with a touchscreen and folding keyboards, allowing you to use them as a tablet too. Useful when you want a tablet as well. A 13.3-inch screen, however, is less easy to use, for example, than a 9-inch screen.

5. Keep ports in mind

Woman is working on a computer while her phone is charging on a charging station.
  • Conisder the number of USB ports
  • Consider any ports for an extra monitor
  • Does the laptop have a DVD player?

Every laptop has ports, but how many of them do you need? Consider that carefully. For example, will you connect an external keyboard and a mouse to your laptop, or will you connect an extra monitor for more screen space? And which ports do you need for this? USB (keyboard and mouse), DisplayPort, or HDMI (monitors)? Large laptops, in general, have more ports than small laptops. If you plan to use a lot of peripherals, choose a larger laptop. If you're only using the laptop itself, a smaller laptop with fewer connection options will suffice.

Read reviews

  • Use other customers' experiences
  • Read a review from an expert website 'So what do you think?' If you're planning to buy a laptop, chances are that others will have gone before you. With some luck, they'll tell you how they liked their purchase. Does the laptop you're eyeing feel heavy, is it actually quick? Reading reviews about the laptops that have caught your eye is a good idea if you want to find out whether they actually meet expectations. Why not read an in-depth review on an expert site too, where the details of a laptop are examined closely. The odds are high that reading reviews will decrease your choice overload.
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