How to choose a new laptop: What to look for to choose the right laptop for you

Often the brand is not the first or even second consideration when it comes to choosing a laptop

Of all the questions I get asked, and have been asked over a decade talking technology questions on the radio and podcasts, easily one of the most common is about Buying a Laptop.

Looking for a new laptop, wondering which one to buy, and being presented with a vast number of options in retail stores.

Last week on my Talking Technology radio show (Weeknights on Talking Lifestyle, 8pm Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane, 6pm Perth) I took some time to talk through my regular advice on choosing the right laptop for your needs:

Have a listen to the full advice above, a simple five minute listen!

In summary, it’s important to step through the following before handing over your money.

  • Step 1: What will you do with it? If you’re doing basic tasks, that’s a whole different story to someone who is keen to get into Video editing.
  • Step 2: Choose a PROCESSOR – Intel Core i3, i5, i7 – These processors have different capabilities which you should match to your own usage needs.
  • Step 3: Choose RAM Amount – more is better, but not always required
  • Step 4: Check HARD DRIVE storage space
  • Step 5: Find one that you like the look and feel of If it matches your budget – you’re off and running

As always, if you’ve got a question about what to buy, or are trying to choose between a few models, get in touch with me via email for a chat on my podcast, or call the radio show live each weeknight 8pm Sydney time on 13 12 83.


Trev produces two of the most popular technology podcasts in Australia, Your Tech Life and Two Blokes Talking Tech. He hosts a nightly radio show on Talking Lifestyle, 8pm Monday to Friday in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, appears on over 50 radio stations across Australia weekly, and is the Tech Expert on Channel 9’s Today Show and A Current Affair. Father of three, he is often found down in his Man Cave. Like this post? Buy Trev a drink!
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