21 October 2018

Advice for buying a laptop or computer

Processor


Intel i3, i5, i7 (or i9)
Do not get Celeron or Pentium
Check the performance on www.passmark.com. Highest rating is 20,000 which is a Xeon. In 2018 you'll want a minimum of 3,000.

RAM

4GB RAM minimum

Other specs

  • SSD is 10x faster than HDD. Also consider NVMe rather than SCSI
  • WiFi: ac compatible, 4x MIMO is better
  • Bluetooth 5.1 is the latest
  • Storage: Windows needs at least 50GB to upgrade on its own. Some games can be 200GB. Office takes 10GB.

Manufacturer

Dell, HP, Lenovo, Toshiba, Asus, Acer, in that order
For gaming laptops: Razer, Alienware, Zoostorm

Resellers

Amazon, eBuyer, Overclockers, John Lewis, Currys/PC World