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
Echo Dot (2nd Generation) - Black
2 used from $ 44.05
- Echo Dot (2nd Generation) is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, read the news, set alarms, read audiobooks from Audible, and more
- Connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn
- Introducing Alexa calling and messaging, a new way to be together with family and friends. Just ask Alexa to call or message anyone with an Echo, Echo Dot, or the Alexa App.
- Controls lights, fans, TVs, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, locks, and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Sony, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, and others
- Hears you from across the room with 7 far-field microphones for hands-free control, even in noisy environments or while playing music
Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device with a small built-in speaker—it can also connect to your speakers or headphones over Bluetooth or through a 3.5 mm audio cable to deliver stereo sound to the speakers you choose. Dot connects...
All-New Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa, 7" Display, 8 GB, Black - with Special Offers
2 used from $ 37.12
- The next generation of our best-selling Fire tablet ever - now thinner, lighter, and with longer battery life and an improved display. More durable than the latest iPad.
- Beautiful 7" IPS display with higher contrast and sharper text, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, and up to 8 hours of battery life. 8 or 16 GB of internal storage and a microSD slot for up to 256 GB of expandable storage.
- Now with Alexa, for quick access to the information and entertainment you want. Ask questions, play music, check your calendar, get the news, weather, and more - just press the home button and ask.
- Enjoy millions of movies, TV shows, songs, Kindle eBooks, apps and games - including Netflix, Facebook, HBO, Spotify, and more
- Prime members get unlimited access to over a thousand books and magazines, millions of songs, and thousands of movies and TV episodes - at no additional cost
The all-new Fire 7 tablet is the next generation of our best-selling Fire tablet ever - now thinner, lighter, with longer battery life and an improved 7" IPS display. Tiny price. Big fun. Fast and responsive The fast quad-core processor...
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
- Amazon's Choice for a home laptop
- 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
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, Stainless Steel, Works with Amazon Alexa
6 used from $ 209.98
- 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 the Nest Thermostat spots you across the room, it lights up beautifully to show you the time, temperature or weather.
The brighter way to save energy. Meet the 3rd Generation Nest Learning Thermostat. It has new rings and a big, sharp display. And it helps save energy. That’s the most beautiful part. There’s a ring for every home. The Nest Learning...
Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5-Inch Notebooks / Laptops Internal Hard Drive (ST2000LX001)
- Fastest 2.5-Inch PC compute and gaming Hard Drive on the market, all within a thin 7mm z-height
- Enormous 500GB, 1TB and 2TB options. The 2TB capacity can store up to 80x 25GB games
- Flash-accelerated technology delivers up to 5x faster load times for nonstop performance, play and productivity compared to standard HDDs
- Adaptive Memory technology efficiently identifies frequently accessed data to allow for quicker operations
- Multi-tier caching technology (mtc) boosts performance, helping applications and files load faster
Fast, big and durable, Seagate ferocious firecuda drives combine the speed of flash and the capacity of hard drives. Gamers, creative professionals and Tech enthusiasts get improved boot times, application loads and overall system...
Samsung 32GB 95MB/s (U1) MicroSD EVO Select Memory Card with Adapter (MB-ME32GA/AM)
- Up to 95MB/s & 20MB/s read & write speeds respectively; Class 10 UHS 1
- High-performance for full HD video recording, high resolution pictures, mobile gaming and music, for use in Smartphones, Android Tablets, Tablet PCs, Action Cameras, DSLRs and more
- Full-Size adapter included
- 10-year limited warranty
Simply the right card. With stunning speed and reliability, the Samsung 32GB microSD EVO Select memory card lets you get the most out of your devices. Whether you are a power user or simply want to expand your device memory, this MicroSD card...
Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, Widescreen Video Calling and Recording, 1080p Camera, Desktop or Laptop Webcam
13 used from $ 50.00
- 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 14-inch Laptop, AMD E2-7110, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC, Windows 10 (14-an013nr, Silver)
5 used from $ 99.99
- Amazon's Choice for a browsing laptop
- Processor: AMD Quad-Core E2-7110 APU, 1.8 GHz; Processing power for everyday productivity.
- Display: 14.0-inch diagonal FHD (1920x1080) IPS UWVA BrightView WLED-backlit; Enjoy vibrant, crystal-clear images with 178-degree wide-viewing angles.
- Memory: 4GB LPDDR3 SDRAM; Use multiple applications at the same time without slowing down.
- Storage: 32GB eMMC; Reliable flash-based storage at a great value and without the moving parts of a traditional hard drive, so there's less chance of failure and damage.
Tackle all your daily tasks with an affordable laptop that comes packed with the features you need. With Windows 10, you’ll experience fast start-ups, a familiar yet expanded Start menu, and great new ways to get stuff done.
Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, WiFi, 8 Zone 2nd Generation, Works with Amazon Alexa
5 used from $ 171.50
- Works with Alexa. Control watering with the power of your voice. Use more than 100 different voice commands to run zones, set rain skips and more.
- Control from anywhere. Download the Rachio app to manage your sprinkler system on a smartphone, tablet or laptop.
- Adapts to local weather. Rachio will automatically skip a scheduled watering cycle when rain is predicted and adjust watering times as the seasons change, saving you water and money.
- Reduce your water bill. Save up to 50% on your outdoor watering bill with WaterSense certified technology. Check your local water provider for rebates (often up to 100% of retail value).
- Customize to your yard. Stop guessing - input zone details like soil type, plant type and sun exposure to let Rachio automatically set up the best watering schedules for your lawn. Tailored schedules give your yard exactly the water needed to thrive, and not a drop more.
- Now through Memorial Day only, get a free $50 Amazon Gift Card with the purchase of either Rachio 2nd Generation Smart Sprinkler Controller - Please makes sure you order the special bundle to receive FREE $50 Gift Card. - Best in class. Next...
Tile Slim - Phone Finder. Wallet Finder. Item Finder - 2-Pack
- As thin as two credit cards, Tile slim easily slides into your wallet, purse or pocket. Tile slim can also be attached to a laptop, tablet, notebook or lunchbox. (Adhesives sold separately)
- Use your smartphone to make your Tile slim ring when it's nearby but out of sight.
- Can't find your phone? simply double press the button on your Tile slim to make your phone ring - even on silent!
- The easy-to-use, free Tile app remembers the last time and place it saw your Tile, so if you left it somewhere, you'll always know where to look
- If your Tile isn't where you left it, you can anonymously enlist the help of the Tile community in your search
Never lose your wallet, purse or phone again with Tile Slim -the world’s thinnest bluetooth tracker. Tile Slim is the easiest, quickest and most reliable way to find your wallet, phone and more. As thin as two credit cards, you can slide, tuck or...