Choosing the best laptop for you | What the Tech?

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (WHAT THE TECH?) — Choosing the best laptop for you sounds easy but there are some things to consider before making your big purchase.

If you ask your collegebound student, they may say a MacBook. Is it because it’s what they need or because that’s what all other students use?

Macbooks are generally more expensive than other laptops. Macbook Pro starts at $1100 and is good for students who do more than write papers.

They’re great for video editing, graphics, or other intensive projects.

MacBook Air is more than enough for everyone else. It’s still more expensive than a PC, as last year’s Air starts at $850. Older models are less expensive but you probably don’t want to go too far back.

Then there are Chromebooks. They don’t run the software, they’re web-based so they connect to the internet and the cloud. They’re fine for students who likely will use Google programs like Docs, Sheets and Gmail.

If it’s on the internet, they can do it with a Chromebook.

These are very light and the most inexpensive laptops available, starting at under $200.

It isn’t an easy decision. So take these things into consideration:

  • How long will they need to use the laptop? Just through college or a few years after?
  • Will they need to use software programs?

You can’t go wrong with a Macbook but you could be spending more money than you need to.

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