What do you want to use your laptop for?
Types of laptop
There are three main laptops to choose from, each with its own strengths:
Things to consider when buying a new laptop
There are a few other things you might want to think about before choosing your laptop:
Graphics cards accelerate video-based tasks like photo and video editing, high-resolution video playback, and the rendering of 3D worlds in games.
If you’re into online multiplayer gaming, multimedia editing or any other high-graphics activity — a laptop with a dedicated graphics card might be the way to go.
Software is the different apps and programmes you use on your laptop. Office Software (like Microsoft 365’s Word and Excel, or Google Docs Pages and Sheets) will cover your everyday office tasks, while laptop security software and anti-virus software will help keep you safe from hackers. Google anti-virus software does a great job and comes on all of its products – so you don’t need any extra anti-virus software if you have a Chromebook.
You can get a whole load of accessories to make using your laptop easier and more comfortable, from external keyboards to wireless mouse for laptops. You might also think about upping your video calling game with a headset, mic or external webcam. And if you ever need an extra cable or extension, you can find them at Currys too.
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We’ve covered all the essentials in this guide to buying a laptop. Here are some common questions that might help you out even more.