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10 Best Laptop Computers for the Money for 2013 - 2014

Updated on December 11, 2013
The Apple MacBook Air 13.3-Inch Laptop is a great option because it's easy to use and very lightweight. I like how easy it is to carry with me and it's very quick.
The Apple MacBook Air 13.3-Inch Laptop is a great option because it's easy to use and very lightweight. I like how easy it is to carry with me and it's very quick.

When you’re in the market to buy a new device, you should try to get the best possible device for the money that you can pay.

It’s a misconception that you have to sacrifice performance for the sake of saving a few dollars.

That being said, there are some computers out there listed at lower price points that are stripped of everything imaginable.

The amount of places where you can buy computers has risen tremendously with the dominance of the internet. You have the ability to cultivate an enormous list of options for computers that you can purchase.

From this list, you can begin to evaluate each of the options on a case-by-case basis to determine what they will do for you. Choosing a device is a delicate process. You could choose a device that might seem great at first, but when you bring it home, it will fail to deliver on all the expectations that you had for it.

You have to carefully deliberate among all the options you have before you and only make confident that it’s the right one. Shopping the deals can cause some trouble, especially if you decide to venture into the marketplace where individual users are attempting to sell their used laptops.

ASUS X202E-DB21T 11.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop
ASUS X202E-DB21T 11.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop

What to Know When Buying a Laptop?

The individual used computer marketplace is perfect for people who need a computer now and are willing to sacrifice performance to a certain degree.

You can never take the word of someone who’s trying to get their computer off their hands.

They are willing to say whatever they want to get you interested in the product they’re trying to sell.

You have to know your way around a computer before you buy one from another person. If you’re not sure what you’re doing, you should enlist the help of a friend of yours who’s more knowledgeable. It’s important to understand that you might purchase a device that will disappoint, even if you have done all your homework on it.

Used computers have a tendency to wear down over time unless the person who owns it makes an effort to fix it up. The reality is that a lot of people neglect their responsibility to repair their computer.

They think that it will continue to work for them effectively, even though the current state of the machine says something different. You have to return to the status of your machine on a regular basis to evaluate if it’s reaching its potential.

Dell Inspiron 15R i15RMT-5099SLV 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop
Dell Inspiron 15R i15RMT-5099SLV 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop

What I Should Do When My Computer Slows Down?

Avoid panicking when your computer is showing signs of reduced performance.

Certain things can slow down a computer to a crawl.

You should look at your computer using a system maintenance application to determine whether the problem that you’re experiencing is software related. Scan your machine with multiple applications.

Each piece of system maintenance software has a different database; therefore, they’re bound to catch different things along the way. Try not to have too many pieces of system maintenance software on your machine.

These programs have a tendency to conflict with one another, which causes more problems than you might imagine in the process. There’s nothing wrong with having two or three of them at any given time.

Installing every system maintenance program on the market is ill-advised. It’s not that hard to tell which programs are the ones you should stick with. Your system maintenance application of choice has to fit within your particular realm of expertise.

All these applications are wired for a certain set of users. You should not select an application that’s catered towards the experts because you will be lost throughout the time you spend using it.

How much are you willing to spend on a laptop?

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Samsung Chromebook
Samsung Chromebook

We All Need the Right Amount of Support

You need to find a laptop from a company that offers an extensive support plan.

Every computer seems to have a warranty included with it; however, it has a tendency to not cover very much.

You can invest in the extended warranties offered through the companies that sell you these computers.

These warranties will extend the period in which you can rest easy knowing that you are protected in case something goes wrong. You might have to rely on the services of your computer’s manufacturer or a local computer repair shop. Either of these options will add a lot to your computer maintenance price tag.

You have to do whatever it takes to get your computer back up and running in a timely manner. The presence of warranties is enough reason for you to avoid buying a machine that has been through a lot in its lifespan.

Computers cost money and they’re an investment of sorts. In the world of investing, the people who are willing to take the most risks are the ones who will get the biggest payoffs. Any investment that you do make in a new computer has to be done with a lot of careful consideration.

Lenovo G500 15.6-Inch Laptop
Lenovo G500 15.6-Inch Laptop

How Much Should I Really Spend on a Laptop?

If anyone told you that you have to spend an arm and a leg to get a good computer, they were doing their best to continue to perpetuate a misconception that has lingered for quite some time.

You can find a computer that will do the job right. It all comes down to your willingness to delve deeply into all the computers available to you online and offline.

Your search should not be limited to certain brands or price points. You should focus all of your energy on finding the machine that will perform at the highest level. You will find the best computer for your money, depending on the degree of your search.

The goal is to prevent yourself from having to buy a new computer sooner rather than later. Your computer needs to treat you well for a long time to come. As long as you take care of your machine, you won’t have to worry about your computer slowing down anytime soon.

You will get your money’s worth if you buy a product that’s well made while also being decked out in the highest performance capabilities. A machine could promise to do certain things, but if it’s not well made, it will fail to deliver on those promises.

5 stars for Apple MacBook Air MD760LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop

© 2013 James Richton

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