LAPTOP INTERACTIVE BUYING GUIDE

Laptop Buying Guide

Your laptop is your go-to device for everything from productivity and gaming to social networking, so you should pick the system that matches your needs and budget. With dozens of choices at different prices and sizes–ranging from $199 11-inch Chromebooks to $2,000, 17-inch gaming behemoths–picking the right portable can pose a challenge to even the most tech-savvy consumer. That’s why we’re here to help.

Just answer the questions below and we’ll provide custom recommendations based on your needs.

What size laptop do you want?

No Preference
10 to 12 inches: The thinnest and lightest notebooks around have 10 to 12-inch screens. However, you may sacrifice keyboard size for portability. Many laptops in this class double as tablets.
13 to 14 inches: Provides the best balance of portability and usability. Laptops with 13- or 14-inch screens usually weigh between 3 and 4.5 pounds.
15 inches: The most popular size, 15-inch laptops are the least expensive and provide plenty of desktop real estate. While most 15-inchers are easy to take from room to room, some are on the bulky side.
17 to 18 inches: If your laptop stays on your desk all day, a 17- or 18-inch system will likely provide everything you need for work and play. Many gaming notebooks are in this size category.

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Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  1. Casey Says:

    Perhaps I’m just dull, but which questions below? There is… nothing showing up for me? :/

  2. teresa Says:

    Casey, it’s not you…it’s them.

  3. Scott Says:

    Your Laptop Interactive site will not allow me to select the screen size that I’m looking for. I can’t go any farther because of that.

  4. hussein Says:

    There are no questions. Thanks for your help.

  5. diane Says:

    Don’t bother with this site – unable to use of it due to prompts which do not make sense.

  6. LAKSHMANAN Says:

    request guide for best laptop

  7. Shoatmeister Says:

    To everyone who can’t see the questions: disable your adblock. Why the hell do you people even use it if you don’t even know what you’re getting yourself into?

  8. mata Says:

    thanks to spend my time for nothing, after answering to all your questions about which laptop I want, the results are NULL

  9. Matt Says:

    Terrific. Looked for questions, found none. Immediately left site (after writing this). The same will be true for most surfers. What an own-goal.

  10. Larry Grout Says:

    I don’t know what I’m asking for. Where will my dollars be best spent? I think I want an i7, 16Gb, 15.6 or 17″ 256 or 512SSD and maybe a 7200 750 + HD as well. What’s important to me is a backlit keyboard, large arrow buttons like on the Asus 17″ gamer, & the “end” and “delete” keys close together & low like the #1 button for end and the decimal for delete on the number pad. Touch would nice but I can live without it.

  11. Lee Says:

    Why is no one providing search based on specs? The hardest features to find are SC card support, number USB, USB3, HDMI, GPS, digitized pen support. easier, but you still have to dig are at full HD, keyboard quality, touchpad quality, Ethernet jack, wide angle view, etc., etc.

    These specs translate into ability to perform tasks which are buying criteria. For each of my needs that are met, this lower the number of different devices need to accomplish the task and INCREASES the amount of money I am willing to spend.
    For example:
    1. I am real Estate agent and need the ability to sign documents. This requires a digital pen and the ability to lay the laptop flat or go into tablet mode.
    2. I drive a lot and would like a large detailed view of where I am at to expand the view of my cars gps and ensure that I am going to where I want to be. Require internal GPS.
    3. Ability to use laptop in car. Requires low glare, ability to function in tablet mode as there is insufficient room in a car for a client to hold an open laptop. This also dictated a tablet in the 12 to 13 inch range.

    And so it goes. Most any search will work for the fluffheads who spend all their time on face book. They will buy what their friends are using and what their techy friends recommend. The techy people like hard data, not fluff.

  12. May Says:

    Started out good, but when I got to the results, it gave me mostly 1,100-1,600$ machines, when I specified my budget as $600. Useless.

  13. craig Says:

    Awesome

  14. AlisonM Says:

    Thank you so much for the interactive buying guide! I needed a new laptop after the one I hated died and didn’t know where to start. I didn’t want to end up hating it like I did with the last one. I had purchased it without any research. After using your site I got the perfect laptop for me! No more buyers remorse!

  15. Ella Says:

    This is really helpful, thanks. You need to disable Ad Block to see the questions, but it definitely helped me narrow down the field. Great place to start.

  16. Dylan Says:

    r u getting back to me?

  17. De Says:

    Would be a nice site but it will not allow me to select a size and I can’t proceed. .

  18. Emma Says:

    I have disabled my AdBlock, but I still can’t see any questions.

  19. Janice Says:

    Good morning Avram, I am looking for a laptop that will allow me to use AutoCad2 and SolidWorks and my husband to use ProTools and then just basic things like ITunes, e-mail, etc.

    Thanks

  20. Gail Says:

    Where are the questions?

  21. l.alrep Says:

    Dear Madam/Sir,

    I am seaching a Lemote Yeelong, is possible that you will help me with information about it please?

    Thanks a lot!

  22. PC King Says:

    Seriously.. laptopmag is a fucking joke!

  23. sherry Says:

    Tried opening this in Firefox to no avail — tried again using IE and it works fine. Boo..

  24. Mechbond Says:

    I read this article, answered the questions and my perfect match was the 2014 13″ MacBook Air.
    I was using a 2014 13″ MacBook Air! Somehow, in India, the 11″ MacBook is the least expensive and the most capable ultra-portable laptop, followed by the 13″ MacBook Air. I couldn’t believe it at first. Sure did make buying easier!!!

  25. Olivia Says:

    It just doesn’t work on Chrome. If you go to internet explorer, the plug in works just fine.

  26. John Says:

    Used to be a big fan of the Macbook Air. But today I would not spend $1000 on a MBA again. Because, I don’t really think the 11.6″ MBA is a primary device for me. Its too small and yes it has really good hardware for a small notebook. But I could easily get by with a core i3 CPU and not a core i5 on such a small device. I would most likely buy a 13 to 14 inch notebook that would easily be a travel and a primary notebook. Right now I use a Chromebook for travel which is dreadfully under powered and has a pathetic OS. If my choice was a 11″ MBA or a Chromebook I would have to say buy the Macbook Air. If your considering a Macbook Air go with the bigger 13 and accept the weight hit and it will definitely be a better investment over the smaller 11″ MBA.

  27. john Says:

    Useful as part of doing research.Will continue to do more research but did find the guidelines described helpful.

  28. Cindy Says:

    P

  29. Diann Roberts Says:

    Not happy with your service please have a manager call me 404-255-0897

  30. Helmut Says:

    Hello Avram,

    I read and write online while listening to good soft music.
    I watch some videos & Netflix. I like a
    big screen, Full HD, great speakers, windows7 Laptop under $800.00?

    Thanks, Helmut

  31. Man Says:

    This is a pretty awful laptop finder… none of the recommendations match how I answered the questions.

  32. Thomas Says:

    Turn off your adblock to see the questions you dolts.

  33. TotallyC Says:

    You people need to turn off your ad block or similar software to get the questions. I have ABP and the questions appear as soon as I disable for this site. It’s not them IT’S YOU lol

  34. JuneMae Says:

    None of the laptops at the end were even close to the price range I specified. Is it really that hard to find a laptop that is 13-15 in. all purpose with a decent battery life for under $600? I guess so. So I am left unsatisfied with my large laptop that doesn’t fit in my backpack and has a battery life of about 10 minutes. I could replace the battery but that might cost as much as a new laptop itself! The computer industry is ripping us all off.

  35. debbie Says:

    whats the point of asking how much i am willing to spend and then having all the recommendations cost significantly MORE??? !!!

  36. Udaya Ranga Says:

    Hi,

    Thanks a lot for laptop buying guide.
    I have a short-list of Dell15 & LenovoW series. Can you suggest a list of laptops that are good for professional software development?

  37. Anna Attkisson, Laptop Mag & Tom's Guide Managing Editor Says:

    For those who are reporting a problem seeing the questions, we have discovered this is a technical problem with those running ad blockers. While this content is not an ad, these programs seem to perceive them as ads. We are working on a fix.

  38. leon Says:

    Hi

    I need a new low cost Chromebook asap

    When will the dell chromebook 11, with an Intel i3 chip in, be on sale?

    How much will it be in the UK?

    Why should i not buy the (also cheap) Acer 720 / 720P with i3 chip instead?

  39. Khullakpam Mujaheed Says:

    I’ve no comment

  40. GRAHAM Says:

    I went all the way through the laptop questions, but nothing appeared in the window. Didn’t want anything special.

  41. peter shiels Says:

    this interactive buying guide is absolute rubbish even with adblock disabled – no results just a black space where the results should be

  42. allen Says:

    it dosent show me anything but it say the products above is recommened WHERE ARE THEY?

  43. DM Says:

    the recomendations aren’t useful

  44. Joanne Barry Says:

    I did the laptop quiz to see which laptops were best for me, and I tried twice with slightly different input but nothing showed up. I chose up to $1000 and only used for business. I find it hard to believe there was nothing to recommend.

    Thanks!

  45. Shana E. Says:

    What a waste of time. You answer the questions, then it says see product recommendation above but there are no recommendations.

  46. Duncan Says:

    Wasted my time answering questions, in the end NO results at all!
    “Thanks for answering all of the questions. The products above are our best recommendations for you based on the information you have provided.” Where above?

  47. John Cena Says:

    Wow, I have tried various browsers yet none show up the results. I desperately in need for a portable laptop cause I am always on the road. Along with portability I want good specs because I do like to do some light gaming even though people think I wouldn’t? Any suggestions people!?

    -John Cena, WWE Superstar

  48. Dude Says:

    Total crap, did not show any laptops at all.

  49. Buster Says:

    5 times through choosing different options each time and all 5 times 0 results.

  50. Tristan Says:

    This used to be great and work fine, but it doesn’t come up with any results anymore!

  51. Charlotte George Says:

    So that was entirely pointless…answered the questions and got NO recommended products

  52. deepak Says:

    i want 15 inch laptop

  53. TenThousandTries Says:

    I selected “creative professional” and “tablet form-able” and all of the results are regular laptops for gamers. /facepalm

  54. Wiliam W Gorman Jr Says:

    I have the original Eee PC 1000h and I love it. It is a bit underpowered and I looking to upgrade but still have the small screen and most of all the small footprint. I prefer a computer to a tablet and I want to lad Office 2010 on it(with the menu program)(The Eee PC will only accept Office2003 with its Atom processor

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