Buying a new laptop can seem a bit daunting, but when you put in the effort to properly research a laptop really pays off. The only consumer electronics device you’re likely to use more often than your laptop is your television. Buying a laptop that is not fast enough for your needs or lacking the features you need is the quickest path to frustration. It’s easy to fall in love with one particular model when it’s under the bright lights of a retail store, but don’t let that distract you. Take the list of your top five requirements that you created in this guide and make sure it’s with you every time you shop – offline or online. This will help keep your requirements separate from your desires.