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Technology moves at such a pace that it’s always advisable to buy the best laptop that you can afford on a reasonably regular basis, rather than struggling on with a machine that is well past its sell-by date.

Today, laptops are more affordable than ever, with cheaper low-end models often having many of the features more normally found on their high-end counterparts, albeit in a more scaled-down or budget-friendly fashion. Meanwhile, popular brands including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Toshiba, Samsung, Sony and Lenovo continue to dominate the laptop marketplace.

However, before you start searching, it’s also wise to make a mental note of what you actually want to do with your shiny new machine. There’s little point in paying over the odds if half of the features and functions of your new purchase will never be used.

And, generally speaking, the more you pay then the more you'll get. Nevertheless, if you’re buying a laptop for the first time or, perhaps, considering an upgrade from an older PC, then the following guide will help you navigate what’s on offer and provide you with a handy checklist of what to look out for.

Laptop buyers guideHelpful buying advice for choosing the best laptop for your computing needsHelpful buying advice for choosing the best laptop for your computing needsRob Clymocontributor, MSN Tech2013-05-07T09:45:00falsetrueHow to buy the best laptopTechnology moves at such a pace that it’s always advisable to buy the best laptop that you can afford on a reasonably regular basis, rather than struggling on with a machine that is well past its sell-by date.Today, laptops are more affordable than ever, with cheaper low-end models often having many of the features more normally found on their high-end counterparts, albeit in a more scaled-down or budget-friendly fashion. Meanwhile, popular brands including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Toshiba, Samsung, Sony and Lenovo continue to dominate the laptop marketplace.However, before you start searching, it’s also wise to make a mental note of what you actually want to do with your shiny new machine. There’s little point in paying over the odds if half of the features and functions of your new purchase will never be used.And, generally speaking, the more you pay then the more you'll get. 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Touch-enabled devices running the Windows 8 operating system are a great option, allowing fingertip control of all the features and functions. Alternatively, consider a conventional model with a keyboard and mouse arrangement or a model that features a detachable keyboard that allows it to be used like a tablet.Practical features such as a backlit keyboard that allows you to work in low light conditions and an ergonomic design are worth looking out for. 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This could be a dual or even beefier quad core affair. Processors made by AMD or Intel tend to be the popular options to go for, with the latter’s Core i series being notable for their speedy performance characteristics. Similarly, be sure to check out the Random Access Memory (RAM) that has been packed into your ideal laptop.The processor and RAM work in tandem and will define how speedily your machine runs, form the basis of how many things it can do at once and also provide stability for the operating system, programs and devices that you call upon during your computing duties. 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This will include USB 3.0 ports for attaching memory sticks, printers or digital cameras as well as a traditional headphone socket and HDMI port. A memory card slot for is always useful, as is an Ethernet port so you can connect to the internet via a cable if wireless isn’t close at hand.You might also need the services of a display port, which allows you to connect your laptop to a bigger screen, while the likes of Firewire and Thunderbolt ports offer even more connectivity and data transfer options. 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While it’s normal to find a laptop with a seemingly enormous hard drive offering lots of Gigabytes or even Terrabytes, it’s likely you’ll need as much as you can afford, even with the cloud computing revolution in full swing. Large files such as movies and bulky collections of digital images, plus music collections all eat up space, so 500GB and upwards is a good place to start. It’s also worth considering laptops that come fitted with a Solid-State Drive (SSD) in place of a traditional hard disk. 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You'll also want a model with a beefy graphics card for seamless playback and smooth imaging on-screen. Traditionally, laptops aimed at hardcore gamers come with formidable specifications that’ll ensure a high-speed action experience, just be careful not to pay over the odds if you have less demanding requirements.Advances in technology now mean that pin-sharp HD screens provide the ultimate in viewing pleasure on many laptops. However, if you're going to be on the go, keep in mind how much viewing will be affected by bright sunshine or harsh lighting. 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This OS is a departure from the old Windows interface, but has been optimised for touchscreen use. However, even on conventional laptops, it runs efficiently, is very stable and boasts a raft of great features that'll turn your laptop purchase into a computing powerhouse.Buying a new laptop also means that the OS generally comes pre-installed, so all you need to do is power up and personalise the settings to suit your own requirements. 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Nowadays, wireless is the way to go for staying hooked up to the web as well as accessing your email. Cloud storage, which allows you to store files and folders remotely, is also becoming increasingly popular and also relies on an Internet connection to be used. All of these activities can be carried out using Wi-Fi, so be sure your laptop will feature the latest incarnation. If it doesn’t, then look elsewhere.Alongside that, it’s also a good idea to explore the potential of Bluetooth. This often-overlooked technology, which should come as standard on many new laptops, adds another level of connectivity by allowing you to enjoy your music collection via cable-free headphones and speakers. 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You should also carefully consider the dimensions too, particularly if you want to take it on overseas trips and suchlike.Also think carefully about what you plan to do with your new laptop, because different designs have pros and cons. For example, a smaller-sized notebook or Ultrabook will be compact and light, but if you need a full-size keyboard and bigger screen then a conventional laptop is probably a better bet. Larger screens also add weight though, so it's crucial to factor this in if you're going mobile on a regular basis. 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