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Selecting a New Laptop


The time had come to buy a new laptop to replace the one that was stolen and it was a process that I was both looking forward to while also dreading the process. Trying to find the perfect laptop within a certain budget can be a challenging task especially with the available selection of manufacturers, makes and models.

Selecting the ideal laptop is a balance between speed, features, price and weight. I wanted a lighter laptop since I tote mine around with me 3-4 days a week but I did not want to sacrifice a good screen or speed. Unfortunately the lighter and faster the laptop becomes the higher the price tag goes. I knew to find the best laptop for my needs and budget would require a balancing act between what I wanted and what I could afford.

To get started I created a list of all the features that I would have in my ideal laptop. These included:
  • Lightweight (under five pounds)

  • Larger screen or small screen with excellent resolution

  • Thin – under 1” thick

  • Long battery life

  • Numeric keypad

  • Backlit keyboard

  • Fast processor

  • 4GB RAM (at least) but preferably 6-8GB

  • Limited bloatware (excess software that comes installed on the PC or laptop)

  • Quick boot time along with quick wake time from sleep mode

  • SSD drive (new type of hard drive that allows for faster drive access)


If I was to select a laptop with all of these features I would have passed my budget by $300 to $600 depending on the laptop I selected. After learning this I decided to go back to my list to try and narrow down my features to what I need and then see what I could add from my ideal feature list.

After I re-evaluated my needs the new feature list was reduced down to lightweight, good screen, decent amount of memory and within my budget. With this information in hand I started searching the Internet to try and narrow down my selection to a few machines that I fall into my criteria.

After a lot of searching (and I mean a lot!) I finally narrowed down my selection to a specific laptop with a couple backups – just in case. The next step in my new laptop adventure was to visit a couple of stores to look at and touch, feel, lift and type on my potential laptop. After looking around for about an hour I had finally come to a decision on my laptop…my choice? Come back for the review on my newest and favorite laptop I have owned in the next installment in my saga of replacing a stolen laptop.
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