- Step 1: Ask yourself how you'll use a laptop Ask yourself how you'll use a laptop. Will you use it mostly for word processing, spreadsheets, videogames, or online surfing? This can affect your purchase.
- TIP: If your laptop will mostly be used for word processing or spreadsheets, consider a cheap netbook under $500.
- Step 2: Consider the laptop features that you'll need Consider features that you'll need such as screen size, weight, battery life, processing speed, disk space, ease-of-use, and number of communication ports.
- TIP: Batteries can be expensive. Estimating how much you'll be using your laptop remotely will determine your battery life needs.
- Step 3: Read laptop product reviews at technology websites Read laptop product reviews at reputable online technology sites.
- Step 4: Go to a computer store and try before you buy Go to a computer store and try for ease-of-use before you buy. Laptop keyboards and pointing devices can be especially tricky if you're not familiar with them.
- Step 5: Visit manufacturer websites Visit manufacturer websites and search for special deals. Note that website cheap deals can come and go on a daily basis.
- Step 6: Look for manufacturer and vendor rebates Look for manufacturer and vendor coupons and rebates at vendor websites. Be sure to make copies before filling out and sending in rebate forms.
- Step 7: Decide if you'll want an extended warranty Decide if you'll want an extended warranty. Most laptops come with complimentary one-year warranties, but laptop repairs can be much more expensive than desktop repairs.
- FACT: Made by luxury car manufacturer Bentley, the Ego Bentley is a nearly $20,000 laptop shaped like a woman's handbag.
You Will Need
- Internet access
- Nearby computer store