I bought my laptop 18 months ago, requiring a 2 year warranty and the speed and memory specs that my computer guy recommended. I am neither a heavy not light user - though I write full time. The warranty was important, since most laptops have only a one year guarantee. I also looked for a keyboard with symbols and letters that I use for Croatian texts. I also saved a bundle by having him install my software later - the in-house installation cost a good 500 more.