Laptop Buying Guide - Part 3Senior editor, Dan Ackerman gives us some tips for choosing the right laptop.
You may hear a lot of talk about the components inside your laptop and you're wondering what you should pick, I'm gonna give you a couple of hints to get you started. Pretty much any laptop you buy these days is gonna have an Intel CPU in it, either a Core i5 of i7 for mainstream system, or an Atom for an ultraportable or a tablet for the i5 and i7 system 'cause you wanna make sure you have the latest generation, we don't review, we'll tell you if it does. You want those new fourth-generation chips because they give you a great battery life. When it comes to a hard drive, you can get a big 500 gigabyte or larger traditional spinning platter drives. Those are good for a bigger laptop if you have a lot of movies and photos and games to store. For something smaller, I'd stick with a solid state hard drive. Those are the little drives that are kind of like the memory chips in your phone or in your camera, but usually much smaller, maybe 128 gig, but since you're storing a lot of your stuff in the cloud these days, you don't really need all that space, so you could take advantage of the speed and the [unk] advantages of having that solid state drive.