Notebook 2013 Buying Guide: Latest Edition

Notebook 2013 is your main source for laptop coverage all throughout the new year. Here you will find information on some of the most popular laptops, including business, gaming and school related systems. Follow along below to read our full 2013 edition notebook purchasing guide.

The following lengthy guide will teach you how to select a laptop based on the hardware specifications. Anyone, including the non tech-savvy people will be able to complete a laptop purchase on their own.

Before we dive into our buyer’s guide, the two laptops below are some of our favorites. Click on their names to view more information.

Those purchasing a laptop/notebook computer in the year 2013 are very lucky. For the most part, laptops are cheaper and there is a wider selection available than in time’s past. Completely free of charge, we’ve put together numerous simple guidelines to follow while purchasing a notebook in 2013.

Notebook 2013 Buyer’s Guide

Budget: What comes first is your budget. Although notebook computers are cheap in 2013, they can also be expensive depending on the model you want to purchase. Cheap-end laptops cost around $300.00, while the more expensive ones exceed $1000.00 in price. It is important to examine the specifications of the notebook 2013 to determine how much cash should be whipped out. To your luck, this very post will teach you how to correctly spend money on a laptop.

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Display: Notebook computer displays range in size from 13-inches to 17-inches. A larger display will run you more money, however they always have their advantages.

Advantages Of a Larger Display:

  • Better for playing games.
  • Easier to see. Great for older citizens or those with bad eyesight.
  • Multitasking is made easier.

If you are interested in portability, than a notebook with a smaller display will suit you well. It is much easier to hold a 13-inch laptop using one hand than it would be to hold a 17-inch laptop.

Also keep in mind that LED displays are much brighter than LCD displays. An LCD display is great for battery life, but an LED display tends to drain the battery fast. Only purchase a laptop based on your needs. There really isn’t a need to spend extra money on an LED display if a LCD is bright enough for you.

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Exterior: Look at the laptop you are purchasing, does it define your style? You wouldn’t want a notebook computer with a blue cover for a business desk type of job. To be on the safe side, always purchase a laptop that is black, white, or silver. Those all seem to be professional colors for a workplace

Processor: What type of tasks will you be completing with your notebook? Playing games and running programs means a more powerful processing chip is required. Intel Core i5/i7 chipsets are just about perfect to run any type of program or game. Just note, a powerful graphics card may also be required to run certain software.

If your the basic user that enjoys browsing the internet, playing internet games and completing school work, than a less-powerful chip will be required. Make sure the laptop you are interested in has at-least an Intel Core i3 chipset. Anything else (Celeron/Pentium), are older  model chipsets that tend to run really slow.

Amount/Type of Ram: A notebook 2013 should have at the very least two gigabytes of RAM, although I suggest at a minimum of three gigabytes (for basic tasks). The latest and greatest type of RAM is called DDR3 RAM. Before making a notebook purchase in 2013, read the specifications and make sure the type of RAM is DDR3. The main advantage of DDR3 over other types of RAM is speed.

Remember, 3 gigabytes if recommended for the basic user. All gaming and business users should spend the extra cash so that they have at-least 6 gigabytes of RAM.

Hard-Drive: It is recommended that a notebook 2013 has a hard-drive of 250 GB at the minimum. Never settle for anything less because there are tons of notebooks priced at $300.00 that have up-to 500 GB hard-drives.


  • Gamers should invest in a laptop with a 1 terabyte hard-drive.
  • Business users should invest in a laptop with 750 GB of hard-drive space (Design/CAD work).
  • Internet browsing and word processing users should be alright with a 250 GB hard-drive.

It is always nice to purchase more space than you need because you never know if you will require it in the future.

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Battery Life: It is really just a personal preference. I am always near a wall outlet — recharging is never an issue for me. But if you’re in school or constantly on the road, you may require that long battery life. For the average user, a 6-cell battery will be good enough (lasts two to three hours). However, a 9-cell battery is perfect for travelers, lasting three to seven hours.

Laptop Brands: In the past, there was a rumor going around that certain laptop brands shouldn’t be purchased. That is absolutely bullsh*t because all companies have a selection of phenomenal and rubbish notebooks. Instead of looking at the company name, read the online reviews of notebooks instead.

Notebook 2013 Purchase Tips

When purchasing a notebook 2013, it’s important that you dig throughout the internet for deals. Sometimes a notebook that costs $900.00 on one website will cost $800.00 on another. Most of the time, tends to be the cheapest retailer for electronics if you want to start your hunt there.

So let’s complete a quick overview. Prior to anything, assure you make clear what your spending budget is. After stating your budget, begin writing down what size display, type of processor, amount of RAM, and etc, that you are interested in. That’s when you go hunting on the website of your choice attempting to find a notebook 2013 that meets your criteria.