Choose the Best Laptop for Your Needs
Okay, so you need a new laptop, but when you look at the variety of different types of laptops you might feel a bit intimidated or confused. We’ll break it down for you so it’ll be easy to figure out the type of laptop that’ll best fit your needs.
Once you’ve made your decision you can browse through Future Shop’s selection of the best laptop brands to find the model that’ll be your new BFF.
These laptops are designed to provide a premium computing experience with a great balance between power and portability. Ultrabooks come with powerful Intel processors, sleek designs, and good battery life. Since they’re made with a streamlined form factor they usually don’t include an optical (DVD) drive or Ethernet ports. Ultrabooks are ideal for business people, students, and other people who need to use a powerful computer while they’re on the go.
Apple has two separate lines of laptops: MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. Power users and professionals will want to opt for a MacBook Pro because they’re equipped with top-of-the-line processors, high-end graphics hardware, and DVD drives. A MacBook Pro gives you the speed and horsepower of a workplace-grade computer in a portable package.
The MacBook Air line is suited for people who prioritize portability, but still want a good level of computing performance. MacBook Airs are incredibly slim and light, yet manage to provide good speed and power so you can get tons done while you’re on the road.
If your computing needs are modest then a Chromebook might be perfect for you. These light, ultraportable machines don’t run Microsoft’s Windows or Apple’s OS X—instead they’re equipped with Google’s simple and easy-to-use Chrome OS. Chromebooks are typically very affordable, boot up in just a few seconds, and are generally safe from malware. However, the Chrome OS is heavily dependent on online interaction with the cloud, which limits their offline capabilities. Chromebooks are great for people who are only interested in web browsing, social media, email, and other basic online functions.
If you’re a hardcore PC gamer then you’ll definitely want to check out a gaming laptop. These high-powered machines aren’t only ideal for playing the latest games, they’re also able to handle other types of demanding tasks like photo and video editing. Gaming laptops will come with high-end graphics hardware, processors, and storage, but the battery tends to drain faster than other laptop types because of their high levels of horsepower.
If you combine the portability of a tablet with the power of a laptop you’ll get a convertible laptop. You’ll find these in a few different form factors: some convertible laptops will swivel or pivot at the hinge so the keyboard tucks behind the screen, transforming the laptop into a tablet. Other models allow the screen and keyboard to detach so you can put the keyboard in your bag and turn the display into a fully-featured tablet. (This latter design is sometimes referred to as a “hybrid laptop” or “2 in 1 laptop.”) Convertible laptops give you an unprecedented level of flexibility, allowing you to easily switch between the laptop and tablet interfaces depending on your needs.
Saving money and being more eco-friendly are two great benefits of refurbished laptops. These machines have been repaired, modified, or upgraded by the manufacturers and are certified to be as good as new. They’re available for very budget-friendly prices and include a minimum 90-day warranty (with select manufacturers offering even longer warranties).
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Laptop Buying Guide