Laptop Guide

There are plenty of high-performance laptops on the market. Unfortunately, you'll have to navigate a minefield of inferior options. Our laptop reviews and buying guides are here to help you find the best laptop for your needs and your budget.

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6 Things You Should Test Before Buying a Laptop

When you go to shop for a new notebook, retailers are quick to point out a few specs to highlight all that the system is capable of—the processor, RAM, and screen size, to name a few. However, there...

Help Me, LAPTOP: I Want a Notebook with a Classic-Style Keyboard

In the past few years, we've seen a huge movement toward island-style (aka chiclet) keyboards on laptops. While most users seem to either like or at least tolerate keyboards with a larger gap between ...

5 Reasons to Spend More than $500 On Your Next Laptop

These days, you can purchase a passable laptop for little more than the cost of an iPad. As of February, the average Windows notebook cost just $513 and, for less than that, you can find a strong syst...

10 Laptop Features You Can Skip to Save Money

It happens to all of us—looking to buy a new laptop, you find yourself wanting more of everything. Some of us, however, don’t want or can’t afford every feature offered by laptop manufacturers. ...

Help Me, Laptop: I Need a Notebook to Write My Dissertation

How much power is more than enough? Elisa, a student, is working on her dissertation, and is looking to upgrade from the netbook she was using previously. While she doesn't need graphics power, she do...

Help Me, LAPTOP: How Do I Move Windows 7 to My New SSD?

Some say the best thing you can do for yourself is get a massage or start an exercise program or go on a (gasp) diet, but if you really wanna improve your life, get an SSD. Reader Osama plans to buy a...

Help Me, LAPTOP: ThinkPad X1 vs. MacBook Air

You write to helpme@laptopmag.com for advice and we respond. Today, a reader named Kevin wants a light, portable notebook and can't decide between the Lenovo ThinkPad X1, MacBook Air 13-inch, or somet...

Help Me, LAPTOP: Big-Screen Notebook For Day Trading

Brokers and traders are known for their multi-monitor set-ups in the office. But getting a comparable arrangement with a laptop can be challenging. At least it is for Jeremy in Canada. He writes:"I am...

Help Me, LAPTOP: I Want A Gaming Rig Under $1700

Gaming systems run the gamut from the 11-inch Alienware M11x to the 18-inch Toshiba Qosmio X505 and have an even wider price range. So how much system do you need to run World of Warcraft at maximum r...

Help Me, Laptop: Should I Buy an Acer Notebook?

Springing for a new laptop isn't a purchase to take lightly. You'll spend at least a few hundred bucks, and on the high-end prices can climb to multiple thousands of dollars. So when it comes to parti...