Buying a New Laptop
How will you use your laptop?
Light use: Surfing the Web, paying bills online, e-mail and social networking, organizing and sharing digital photos.
Average use: Storing and streaming music and movies, tasks like spreadsheet and document creation.
Demanding use: Multitasking with multiple tabs and programs, sophisticated graphics and photo editing, and video production.
More demanding users will want to invest a bit more in a higher resolution screen, a faster processor, more system memory, and a larger hard drive.
How important is portability to you?
Screen size, the type and capacity of built-in storage devices, and the presence or lack of a CD/DVD or Blu-ray drive all affect a laptop’s size and weight. Laptops generally fall into three categories of weight:
- 3 lbs. or less: These streamlined laptops are great for students and travelers who need to perform basic e-mailing and Web surfing tasks on the go.
- 4–5 lbs.: This midrange selection provides a balance between power and portability, great for users who occasionally work from coffee shops or airports.
- 6 lbs. or more: These workhorses provide powerful processing and larger screens, ideal for gamers and professionals who rarely use their laptops away from their desks.
Does your laptop look and feel right?
You can learn a lot about a laptop by handling it. Hinges and clasps should feel sturdy enough to withstand daily use. Test the lid and body — typically made from plastics or aluminums — to see if they are adequately rigid and lightweight. Make sure that the keyboard’s spacing and depth allow for comfortable typing. The trackpad and mouse buttons should allow you to solidly click, scroll and zoom without skipping. Also, if you rely on 10-key for data entry, be sure the machine you select has a numeric keypad. If you won’t have an opportunity to check it out in person, you can still check product pages and user reviews for recurring comments about look, feel and build quality.
Best Selling Laptops under $400
Fire Tablet with Alexa, 7" Display, 8 GB, Black - with Special Offers
1 used from $ 27.18
- Beautiful 7" IPS display and 1.3 GHz quad-core processor. Available in four colors.
- Now with the Alexa cloud-based voice service - just press and ask
- Amazon Underground, where thousands of apps, games and even in-app items are 100% free
- Enjoy millions of movies, TV shows, songs, Kindle e-books, apps and games
- 8 or 16 GB of internal storage and a microSD slot for up to 200 GB of expandable storage
Powerful, full-featured Fire tablet—with beautiful 7" IPS display, fast 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, rear and front facing cameras, and up to 200 GB of expandable storage. Tiny price. Big Fun. Fast and responsive The fast quad-core processor...
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E500B/AM)
6 used from $ 148.70
- Powered by Samsung V-NAND Technology; Optimized Performance for Everyday Computing.
- Incredible Sequential Read/Write Performance : Up to 540MB/s and 520MB/s Respectively, and Random Read/Write IOPS Performance : Up to 98K and 90K Respectively
- Endurance, Energy Efficiency, Reliability and a 5 - Year Limited Warranty.
- Included Contents: 2.5" (7mm) SATA III (6GB/s) SSD & User Manual (All Other Cables, Screws, Brackets Not Included).
- Free download of Samsung Data Migration and Magician software available for easy installation and SSD management
Upgrading your PC with a Samsung SSD is the most economical way to breathe new life into an aging PC. The 850 EVO reads, writes and multi-tasks at incredible speeds, enhancing boot-up speed, application loading and multi-tasking performance. It's...
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM 15.6-Inch Full HD Notebook (Intel Core i3-7100U Processor 7th Generation , 4GB DDR4, 1TB 5400RPM Hard Drive, Intel HD Graphics 620, Windows 10 Home), Obsidian Black
- 7th Generation Intel Core i3-7100U Processor (2.4GHz, 3MB L3 cache)
- 15.6" Full HD Widescreen ComfyView LED-backlit Display supporting Acer ColorBlast technology
- 4GB DDR4 Memory, 1TB 5400RPM HDD
- Windows 10 Home
- Up to 12-hours Battery Life
Acer Aspire E5-575-33BM comes with these high level specs: 7th Generation Intel Core i3-7100U Processor (2.4GHz, 3MB L3 cache), Windows 10 Home, 15.6" Full HD Widescreen LED-backlit Display, Intel HD Graphics 620, 4GB DDR4 Memory, 1TB SATA Hard...
Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd Generation, Works with Amazon Alexa
12 used from $ 169.21
- Works with Amazon Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately)
- Auto-Schedule: Nest learns the temperatures you like and programs itself in about a week.
- Home/Away Assist: Nest automatically turns itself down when nobody's home to help you save energy.
- Remote Control: Connect your thermostat to Wi‑Fi to control the temperature from your phone, tablet or laptop.
- Farsight: When Nest spots you across the room, it lights up to show you the time, temperature or weather.
The Nest Learning Thermostat programs itself and automatically helps save energy when you’re away. And you can control it using your phone, tablet or laptop.
Crucial MX300 525GB SATA 2.5 Inch Internal Solid State Drive - CT525MX300SSD1
- Sequential reads/writes up to 530 / 510 MB/s on all file types
- Random reads/writes up to 92K / 83K on all file types
- Over 90x more energy efficient than a typical hard drive
- Accelerated by Micron 3D NAND technology
- Dynamic Write acceleration delivers faster saves and file transfers
Increase the speed, durability, and efficiency of your system for years to come with the Crucial MX300 SSD. Boot up in seconds and fly through the most demanding applications with an SSD that fuses the latest 3D NAND Flash technology with the...
Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, Widescreen Video Calling and Recording, 1080p Camera, Desktop or Laptop Webcam
12 used from $ 49.63
- Full HD 1080p video calling (up to 1920 x 1080 pixels) with the latest version of Skype for Windows
- 720p HD video calling (up to 1280 x 720 pixels) with supported clients. Full HD video recording (up to 1920 x 1080 pixels)
- H.264 video compression, Built-in dual stereo mics with automatic noise reduction. Automatic low-light correction, Tripod-ready universal clip fits laptops, LCD or monitors
- H.264 video compression, Built-in dual stereo mics with automatic noise reduction. controls: Video and photo capture, Face tracking, Motion detection
- Compatible with: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 or later. Works in USB Video Device Class (UVC) mode: Mac OS 10.6 or later (HD 720p on FaceTime for Mac or other supported video-calling clients; Full HD 1080p video recording with QuickTime Player) Chrome OS,Android v 5.0 or above (with supported video-calling clients),USB port,Internet connection
HD Pro Webcam C920 With the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, you’ll be seen in more clarity and detail than ever before with Full HD 1080p video calling—the highest quality available. Enjoy vibrant, true to life video clips that capture the smallest...
HP Pavilion 22cwa 21.5-inch IPS LED Backlit Monitor
1 used from $ 139.99
- Amazing angles: Share consistent high-color fidelity with In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology across a 21.5-inch diagonal screen. A stunning vantage point for everyone, from almost any angle.
- Distinctively modern and accessible: The contemporary thin profile is enhanced by black and silver colors. The open WEDGE stand design provides convenient access to VGA and HDMI port connections.
- Captivating imagery: Color and clarity radiate from the screen with Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, incredible 8,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 16:9 aspect ratio, and quick 7 mms response time.
It's time for a monitor that's worthy of your family's content. When you're looking for the best specs at the right price, the 21.5" diagonal full HD display delivers with trusted HP performance and an all new sleek design.
SanDisk SSD PLUS 240GB Solid State Drive (SDSSDA-240G-G26) [Newest Version]
- Faster boot-up, shutdown, application load and response
- Up to 20X faster than your old hard drive
- Read/write speeds of up to: 530MB/s/440MBs
- Generous battery life
- Cool, quiet operation
Step up to SSD speeds and inject new life into your laptop or desktop PC with a durable solid state drive from SanDisk.
Apple 85W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter for MacBook Pro with Retina Display (MD506LL/A)
10 used from $ 69.57
- The 85W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter features a magnetic DC connector so if someone should trip over it, the cord disconnects harmlessly and your MacBook Pro stays put safely. It also helps prevent fraying or weakening of the cables over time. In addition, the magnetic DC helps guide the plug into the system for a quick and secure connection.
- When the connection is secure, an LED located at the head of the DC connector lights up; an amber light lets you know that your notebook is charging, while a green light tells you that you have a full charge. An AC cord is provided with the adapter for maximum cord length, while the AC wall adapter (also provided) gives you an even easier and more compact way to travel.
- Designed to be the perfect traveling companion, the adapter has a clever design which allows the DC cable to be wound neatly around itself for easy cable storage.
- This power adapter recharges the lithium polymer battery while the system is off, on, or in sleep mode. It also powers the system if you choose to operate without a battery.
- Compatible with MacBook Pro with Retina display
Use an extra adapter for home or work. The Apple 85W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter is made specifically for your MacBook Pro with Retina display. It's held in place magnetically, so if someone should trip over it, the cord disconnects harmlessly and...
ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02 11.6" Ruggedized and Water Resistant Design with 180 Degree (Intel Celeron 4 GB, 16GB eMMC, Dark Blue)
8 used from $ 152.15
- Intel Celeron N3060 Processor (2M Cache, up to 2.48 GHz)
- Designed for rugged use with reinforced rubber guards, easy grip handles, and a spill resistant keyboard
- Can open/edit MS Office files using free embedded QuickOffice editor or Google Docs, and can download Microsoft Office Online (an online version of Microsoft Office) for free. Cannot install standard MS Office software.
- 4 GB DDR3 RAM; 16GB Flash Storage; No CD or DVD drive
- 11.6 inches HD 1366x768 Anti-Glare Display, up to 10 hours of battery life
ASUS Dark Blue, Chromebook, C202SA-YS02, 11.6" HD+ (1366768), Matte, Intel Dual-Core Celeron N3060 1.6 GHz, 4GB LPDDR3, Intel HD, 16GB EEMC + TPM, Chrome OS, 802.11ac, HD Webcam, Bluetooth 4.2 support WIDI