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Laptops advice guides

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From desktop replacement powerhouses to compact bargains to the latest Chromebooks, Which? reviews all sorts of laptops to help you find the best one for you.

How to buy the best laptop

Five crucial questions you need to ask to find the perfect laptop.

Top laptops

We help you find the right laptop for you, picking five of the very best, as well as some you'll want to give a wide berth 

Best cheap laptops under £500

Big laptop brands like HP, Dell, Lenovo and Acer all produce budget laptops. We reveal some of the best – and how to pick the perfect model.

Chromebook vs MacBook vs Windows laptop

Chromebooks, Apple MacBooks and Windows are all fighting for your cash. Discover the pros and cons of each so you can choose the best laptop

Best laptops for students

We round up the best laptops from our expert lab tests to help you find the very best laptop for school, college or university life

How to choose the best gaming laptop

The best gaming laptops are versatile enough to keep you entertained and handle all your day to day tasks. Find how to pick the best model from brands like MSI, Asus, Dell and HP

Most reliable laptop brands

Unique Which? data can help you to choose a laptop brand that lasts. We survey owners of Apple, Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft laptops to reveal the faults that develop, and how long you can expect them to last.

How to buy a second-hand or refurbished laptop

Do you want to save real money on your next laptop? Looking for second-hand or refurbished laptops could get you some heavy discounts on some great technology.

Best laptops for longest battery life in 2020

Get the best battery life from your laptop with our list of the longest-lasting notebooks and top battery-saving tips.

Best laptop deals for 2020

Best laptop deals chosen by Which? computing experts, including budget laptops, Ultrabooks and MacBooks.

Computer repair top tips

Our computing experts offer easy tips to fix a broken laptop and solve common PC problems

How to speed up a laptop or computer

Viruses, bloatware and your settings can all cause your computer to run slowly. Read on to find out how to make your computer faster.

How we test laptops

Get the lowdown on how our laptop tests are among the most rigorous you’ll find on the web.

Intel processors explained: What is Core i3, i5, i7 and Pentium?

The most confusing part of buying a computer is the bewildering array of CPUs (also known as processors) on offer. Which? explains what you should be looking out for and what sort of processor is best for which task.

Intel, AMD or Nvidia: CPU and graphics brands explained

When buying a computer, the three brand names you’ll see most often beyond the actual computer manufacturer are Intel, AMD and Nvidia. 

SSD vs HDD

Pick a computer with a built-in solid-state drive (SSD) and you’re likely to have to spend more money. But you do get more bang for your buck: faster start-up speeds, slicker data-writing when copying files and a snappier process for opening and swapping between programs.

How to free up disk space

Hard drive full? Read our quick and easy solutions to help free up some disk space on your PC.

Best video calling apps

We've put video calling apps through security and quality tests to help you choose the best

What is a Chromebook?

Chromebooks are much cheaper than conventional laptops. Read on to to see the best Chromebooks and discover what they are - a viable option if you're after a cheap laptop.