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The right laptop or chromebook for you SelectSmart.comdepends upon your needs, preferences and budget. Answer these questions and this selector will direct you to the most appropriate laptop or chromebook(s). We have included over 100 of the most highly rated and best reviewed laptop or chromebooks available.

  What sort of computer are you looking for?
  A desktop computer.
  A tablet computer.
  A smartphone.
  A laptop or chromebook. (Click or scroll down)



1. Check each of these price ranges that fit your budget.
Lower prices generally, but not always, means fewer features.
$150 to $375
$376 to $599
$600 to $799
$800 to $999
$1000 to $1199
$1200 to $1399
$1400 to $1800
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2. What size screen do you want?
Very small screen size (10 to 11 inch diagonal measure.)
Small screen size (12 to 13 inch diagonal measure.)
Medium screen size (14 to 15 inch diagonal measure.)
Large screen size (15 to 16 inch diagonal measure.)
Very large screen size (17 to 18 inch diagonal measure.)
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3. Which operating system do you prefer?
The operating system is the software that controls the basic operation of the computer. The operating system determines the "look and feel" of the PC.
Mac OS is Apple's proprietary operating system.
Windows 8, an operating system that was developed by Microsoft with a focus on business users.
Windows 10, an upgrade of Microsoft's earlier 8 version.
Chrome OS is an operating system based on the Linux kernel and designed by Google to work with web applications and installed applications.
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4. Which statement is more true for you?
I need the full functionality of my computer for non-web programs even when the Internet is unavailble. I also would be unhappy with limited graphics processing power.
I always, or nearly always, have Internet connection when I use my computer. I am also comfortable being reliant upon Google applications and having my documents live in the cloud.
No preference
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5. What is your opinion of touchscreens?
These screens are sensitive to finger contact, letting you select and move screen objects, launch programs, choose from menus, scroll, etc.
Yes, I want a touchscreen even though I realized it decreases battery life.
No, I don't want a touchscreen; for one thing, that feature usually increases the cost.
Not important
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6. Two-in-one. It's a laptop and tablet rolled into one device.
Detachable. If you want a lighter tablet, consider a detachable model because you can take the keyboard off.
Convertible. Most convertibles can be turned into various positions, such as tent, tablet, and stand.
Niether of the above
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7. Weight. Consider your needs for portability vs. the advantages of "weighty" features.
There is an obvious correlation between size and weight, one comes at the expense of the other. Check any or all.
Under 2.4 pounds
2.5 - 3.9 pounds
4 - 4.9 pounds
5 to 5.9 pounds
Over 6 pounds
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8. Do you want your laptop to have a DVD player?
Yes
No
No preference
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9. How long do you anticipate not having access to an electrical outlet?
The times below are manufacturers' advertised times. A user in the real world may get only half as much time. Check any or all.
5 - 6.75 hours
7 - 8.75 hours of battery life.
9 - 10.75 hours of battery life.
11 - 12.75 hours of battery life.
13- 14.75 hours of battery life.
15 - 19 hours of battery life.
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10. Storage Drive (aka Hard Drive): how much do you need?
Consider that we may put our entire music collections on our computers, or downloaded television episodes. Every document including photos -- is stored on our PC. Check any or all. If you aren't sure, don't check any.
16
32 - 64
128 - 180
256 - 320
500 - 512
750
1000
16
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11. How much memory do you need on your PC?
The more RAM your system has, the more programs it can handle simultaneously. The biggest RAM-hogs on most home computers are the operating system itself and the web browser. If you opt for a Chromebook, remember that the need for RAM is greatly reduced as you will use the cloud. Check any or all. If you aren't sure, don't check any.
2 gb of RAM
4 gb of RAM
6 gb of RAM
8 gb of RAM
12 gb of RAM
16 gb of RAM
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12. All are good, but some are more highly reviewed than others.
Your top results on the next page are the best matches for your stated preferences.
Yes, give extra weight to those laptops and Chromebooks that received high ratings from independent testers.
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