Looking for the Best Laptops – Need Your Opinions

I am so excited. This year for Christmas, I am getting a laptop. I have never had a laptop before.

Ok, wait. Let me correct that. My mom gave me her old laptop a few years ago. It’s a Gateway and it’s almost 12 years old. The thing is a dinosaur. It weighs about 500 pounds, and doesn’t even have up-to-date wifi. So, I don’t even call it a laptop, because if you set it on your lap, you’re either going to end up with burns because the thing gets so hot, or you’ll end up with a broken bone because the thing weighs so much.

laptopNow, here’s my problem: I have NO idea where to start looking for the best laptop to fit my needs. I know I need quite a bit of memory on it. I need to be able to do all my photography and design work on the laptop. I’ve got several external harddrives to hold files and images, but I still need to be able to run all of my programs on the laptop without bogging it down.

I don’t have a ton of money to spend, either. I’d like to keep my purchase around $800 or so.

I do know that I do not want a Dell. I’ve had it up to my eyeballs with Dell’s lack of customer service and crappy products. So please don’t recommend a Dell laptop to me because I’ll skip right over it.

And I can’t afford a Mac. As much as I’d love to convert, I just can’t.

I’ve done quite a bit of research online, and it looks like Apple is the best – but again, can’t afford to convert. Next is Lenovo? But I’ve never even heard of them. Then there’s HP, Sony, and Toshiba. {According to laptopmag.com.}

The possibilities are endless, so I’m coming to my readers. I’m really feeling clueless here.

If you have the best laptop, would you mind letting me know the details? Photographers, designers – I want to hear from you too! I will still use my professionally calibrated desktop monitor for the majority of my photos, but I need to be able to use the laptop as well.

Please leave your opinions of the best laptop in the comments below.

Angie Vinez (2893 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.


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    I’m a Mac user and I love my Macbooks! My brother and I have purchased all of our laptops off of E-bay (all Macs :)), and we’ve definitely been pleased! It’s saved us SO much money, and the computers have been great. You can easily get a used Macbook (with a big hard drive and lots of extras) within your price range if you’re willing to watch and wait.

    I just purchased a second Macbook (so my parents could use one too) for about $450.00. E-mail me if you have any questions. 🙂

    Have fun shopping!
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    I agree with Miss Sarah. A MacBook is all worth it. Hold out for 2-3 more months, save more money so you can afford a Macbook. Think about all the hours and money it will save you in virus scanners. Thats the most annoying feature on a PC for me. I converted about 3 years ago, and it was the best thing ever. No PC for me ever again!
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    I’m a freelance book designer. I prob’ly couldn’t afford to leave my studio if I didn’t have my trusty MacBook Pro. If you want to do serious design work, wait until you can afford a Mac laptop.

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    What are the Top 5 tasks that you will need to complete on your laptop? Working w text… almost any will work. Working w images or video, go big on processor speed. Balanced use? Go small on laptop and get monitor for docking ($400 for PC, $200 for monitor). Don’t forget — you need $$$ for software.

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