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Tips on Buying Your First Laptop

It used to be, you could get by without owning a computer. Not so anymore. Today, you have to have a computer to perform basic daily functions, from connecting with family and friends via text, email, and video chat, to accessing online school content and emailing teachers, to getting your entertainment fix by watching movies or listening to music. But before you buy your first laptop, the first thing you should do is narrow down your selection by looking at some of the best laptops around. For help, click over to the Intel Product Finder to find the best laptop for you. Here are a few things to take into consideration to help you identify the laptop that’s best for you.

First, Pick the Right Processor

Your computer’s processor is critical to what you’ll be able to do with it. Just like you’d never buy a car without finding out what it’s got under the hood—specifically, how powerful its engine is—you should never get a computer (Ultrabook™ convertible, laptop, all-in-one PC, or tablet) without first ensuring that you’ve got a processor fast and powerful enough to handle what you plan to throw at it. Once you’ve got that taken care of, you’ll be able to pull off some of the following cool tricks that would crush lesser computers.

Capability to Provide Instant Notification

For some people, their laptop is their lifeline to the outside world. On a laptop, you can receive notification of email, direct messages, social media alerts, calendar reminders, urgent news and weather bulletins, and even direct phone calls. In order to guarantee you get the best laptop for your needs, look at the laptop’s ability to remain constantly updated, even when it’s asleep. This feature isn’t one that every laptop has, so look for something that’s got Intel® Smart Connect Technology1 capability.

Zero to 60 in No Time Flat

Probably one of the biggest complaints from computer owners the world over is the need to have to wait for systems to kick into high gear after having been at rest or sleeping. Some people might see this as a minor inconvenience, but if you rely on your laptop to stay connected, even a single minute can be too long to wait. If you look for a laptop that offers Intel® Rapid Start Technology2, you won’t have to worry about this issue at all.

The Freedom to Go Big Without Hassle

Some of the best laptops have awesome screens that leave you wanting for nothing. But if you’re in the mood to throw on a pair of headphones and stream a movie in hi-def, or play a game, sometimes having a bigger screen can make the experience a totally immersive one. As you shop around, look for a laptop that’s got the capability to connect wirelessly to your big-screen TV. Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)3 lets you “go big” without having to mess with cables.

Speaking of Watching Movies…

Who needs mail-order movie services or DVD vending machines when you’ve got the ability to buy or rent movies without even getting up? Giving an entirely new definition to the term “instant gratification,” if you buy a computer that has a new Intel® Core™ processor, you can get access to Intel® Insider™, which delivers all kinds of HD entertainment right to your monitor. Mash that up with Intel WiDi, and you’ve got an all-in-one theater right in your living room. Who doesn’t want that?

Ready to buy your first laptop? Head over to our Intel Product Finder to discover which slice of technology will fit your needs and your style the best.

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1. Intel® Smart Connect Technology requires a select Intel® processor, Intel® software and BIOS update, Intel® Wireless adapter, and Internet connectivity. Solid-state memory or drive equivalent may be required. Depending on system configuration, your results may vary. Contact your system manufacturer for more information.

2. Intel® Rapid Start Technology requires a select Intel® processor, Intel® software and BIOS update, and Intel® Solid-State Drive (Intel® SSD). Depending on system configuration, your results may vary. Contact your system manufacturer for more information.

3. Requires an Intel® WiDi-enabled system and Intel WiDi-enabled receiver device. 1080p and Blu-ray* or other protected content playback is only available on select Intel® processor-based systems with built-in visuals enabled, a compatible receiver device and media player, and supporting Intel WiDi software and graphics driver installed. Check with your system manufacturer. Learn more at www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/intel-wireless-display.html.