There’s certainly no shortage of laptops available for you to choose from these days and at Christmas when searching for our daughters it felt incredibly scary looking for the right one.
However having lots of choice meant we could be quite specific about what we wanted for her and we managed to get one that ticked all our boxes with a little searching and even with hundreds of models on offer not all of them were pink! (It was a teens wish for a pink laptop so what can you do?!)
Features To Look For
Firstly, decide what your priorities are, will it be used by the whole family or just one member or maybe even a couple of the kids? Generally we looked for something that was a little most robust and since aiming for our teen with possible Hubs using it on the sly we thought it best to look for a good all-rounder
Knowing how heavy handed some members of the household are we choose one that felt a little more solid and steered clear of anything that flexed too much or seemed a little flimsy.
Storage wise we opted for 500Gm of storage and wanted something with a decent processor so went for the intel Core i3… which to be fair is more than perfect for the kids.
While looking for our laptop I have to say I was initially shocked at how few had multiple USB ports and for us they were a must too as we do use USB sticks, chargers and data cables for just about every device going.
How You Might Save Money
Some simple ways to save money when you’re searching for a new laptop, consider the features that you can compromise on. Unless you or someone in your family is a committed gamer, you won’t need a dedicated graphics card. Also, while it’s handy to have a laptop that offers a battery life of five hours or more, this isn’t essential if you’ll mainly use the device at home where you have plenty of power points. A large screen might be an unnecessary luxury too. For simple home laptops, you shouldn’t need a screen of more than 13 to 15 inches.
Once you’ve decided on a model that’s right for your family, it’s time to start bargain hunting. Don’t settle on the first deal you see; instead, it pays off to scour the market and shop around. By checking a range of different retailers to see which firm can offer you the best price, we actually got Beth’s for £80 off all the other retailers by shopping around and even got a free case thrown in!
What specific things do you look for in a laptop/computer?
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