How much should you spend on your next computer?

There are many computers priced specific to the quality options that you choose. In this guide I will be focusing on laptops because mobility is the trend nowadays. Buying the right laptop for you comes down to what it is you want out of your system and what kind of user you are. Do you want performance? Do you want a system that is quality built?

A majority of users will use their laptops to browse the web and perform simple tasks like check Facebook, check their bank accounts, or pay bills online. For simple tasks like these I would recommend getting a tablet, the prices can range from as low as $69 for a cheap Android tablet to $500 for an iPad. Not a lot of users are fond of using an on-screen keyboard and may actually prefer using a physical keyboard. Rest assured I’ve got you covered, I introduce to you the Samsung Chromebook, this is a very sleek, ultraportable laptop that is versatile and only costs $249. At only 2.4 pounds and with over 6.5 hours of battery life, this is the way to go.

Some people may want something that runs Windows or want a few more features without actually breaking the bank. Here are a few good laptop manufacturers that I would recommend, HP, Lenovo, ASUS and Dell. Lenovo and ASUS have exceptional build quality and they will last you a very long time. When searching for a good system configuration, I would recommend looking for the following features and components: at least 4GB of RAM (6 or 8GB would be better), 500GB of storage (any higher than this would be overkill, but not if you have a lot of videos or music to store), and a good CPU or processor, I would recommend any of the Intel chips for example Intel’s new “Haswell” Core processors. You should expect to spend between $500 and $800.