Laptop buying guide

There is plenty of advice and information around to give you a helping hand in making that important decision when it comes to buying a laptop. It needs to meet your needs for how you want to use it, whether it is for just social media or more specific applications.

Our guide is designed to help you choose the right laptop for you. MEDION has something for every budget whether you are using it for Word, Internet, Skype or Gaming.


What is a Processor (CPU)?

A processor also called CPU determines the processing speed of your computer. It is the brain of your machine and will determine its ability to run applications.


Intel processor ranking

AMD processor ranking

Celeron - Good value
Single processor - budget laptop for your basics.

AMD A4 - Good value
All-Around use basic productivity

Pentium - Performance and value
Reliable processor for everyday computing.

AMD A6 - All Rounder
All round performance for everyday tasks such as multimedia, movies and gaming

Core i3 - Everyday tasks
Everyday tasks such as web browsing, word processing and watching videos.


Core i5 - Multitasker
Ability to multitask efficiently, faster web browsing, manages applications with ease.

AMD A8 - Multitasker
All round performance, multimedia, advanced 3d graphics applications and gaming

Core i7 - Gaming
Excellent for high end gaming and intensive video editing. Delivers top performance for even your most demanding applications.

AMD A10 - Top-End Performer
Advanced 3D graphics application, gaming, multimedia, movies and running andvanced applications with ease.


What is computer data storage?

There are two types of storage devices that can be used for file and application storage for the PC - Hard Disk Drives (HDD) and Solid State Drives (SSD) - see below for more information:

Hard Disk Drive (HDD)

  • A hard disk drive is used to store the operating system (usually Windows), programs, games, music, video, photographs and other files.
  •  Storage capacity for a hard drive tends to be very large (usually 1TB to as much as 10TB).
  • Tends to be cheaper than SSDs.

Solid State Drive (SSD)

  • • Uses flash memory so tends to be quicker
  • • It tends to be a lot quieter than a HDD
  • • Using an SSD drive to store the operating system means that the PC boots up quicker
  • • Usually more expensive than a HDD
  • • Storage space is more limited (e.g. 500GB)

What is Random Access Memory (RAM)?


Random access memory (RAM) allows the desktop PC to access applications and games quickly - depending on how much you have installed. Generally PCs should come with a minimum of 4GB, however, depending on what you need the machine for you may require more.

For general computing purposes - anything between 4GB and 8GB is generally fine, however, for resource demanding gaming a minimum of 8GB RAM is recommended - but this can go up as high as 32GB to allow for lightning fast gaming.

What is an Operating System (OS) ?


There are several types of operating systems (OS) available for PCs - including Microsoft Windows and several variations of Linux, however, since Windows is the most commonly used one we will focus on this for the purposes of this article.

In the most basic sense the OS controls the hardware on your device - allowing the user to interact with it with ease. This makes the OS the most important piece of software on the PC. It recognises input from the keyboard, mouse or touchscreen (if available) and sends the output to the computer's monitor.

It is also essential for keeping track of applications, games, files and controls peripherals such as scanners, printers, tablets, smartphones and external drives.

There are several variations of Microsoft Windows available, however, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 are the most recent versions.

What types of laptops are availabe?

Family/Everyday Laptop

Good for the whole family

  • • 15.6 or 17 inch screen - perfect for home use
  • • Larger screen for watching movies
  • • Large hard drive for storing your movies
  • • Optical drive for playing CDs and DVDs



Convertible - best of both worlds

Good for home and work

  • • Windows 10 operating system
  • • 2 in 1 system switches between laptop and tablet
    but it works like a regular laptop
  • • Best of both



Ultraportable - perfect travel partner

Perfect partner for on the go

  • • 13 - 14 inch screen ultralight

  • • SSD flash memory - less noisy and cooler when in use



Gaming laptop

17-19 inch quality gaming experience

  • • More for home use
  • • Excellent for gaming and 3D graphics aps
  • • Good for intensive video editing
  • • Lots of storage capacity

What is a Graphics Card (GPU)


There are two types of graphics card:

Integrated Graphics

The graphics card (GPU) runs all of the graphical elements displayed on the PC's computer screen. Generally an integrated graphics cards - such as the Intel HD card will run most day-to-day applications such as web browsers, office applications and general computing.

Integrated graphics tends to be cheaper, fine for everyday usage and will use less power, however, for the more demanding user a dedicated card may be better.

Dedicated Graphics

For applications and games that are more resource demanding a dedicated graphics card such as NVIDIA's GeForce or AMD's Radeon cards are recommended. If you're looking to play the latest PC games, video editing software or other demanding software then a dedicated GPU is a must.

The other notable benefit of a dedicated graphics card is that it can free up other system resources - such as the CPU for other computing tasks.


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