If free space in your home is at a premium, if family members want to use the computer in different rooms, or if you’re looking to send emails, manage finances, and browse online while on the go, then investing in a laptop is sensible. If you’re expecting to play lots of high-end video games and edit video, then this will ramp the price up.
- Connect to Wi-Fi on your lunch break in the café: watch videos, chat with friends, and even edit photos (though laptop video cards and processors can be slightly worse than their desktop equivalents).
- Catch up with work on the train and traveling.
Make your choices of the features that are specific to your need:
- Most laptops will come with a built-in microphone and webcam so you can talk with friends.
- All laptops will come with Wi-Fi which allows you to connect to the internet remotely from any café, bar, restaurant, and even some trains (check their website first – usually available free to first class passengers).
- If you want to watch a movie from your laptop on your larger widescreen TV, then look for laptops with a HDMI port.
- Some laptops can get as small as 11 x 7 inches, weighing all of 2 pounds – perfect if your suitcase is already quite full with folders.
- If you're prepared to pay more, then gaming and video editing becomes possible.
- With 7 hours of battery life make sure to keep track and power off when you don’t need it, but there’s still plenty of time to get work done on the go!