Before buying a laptop, make sure that you did your homework thoroughly. Prices of laptops are no easy deals, so I'm sure that you are hoping that this laptop will be with you (as your "best bud") for a long time. Best advice is "have an end in mind." But if you're confused and lost on what laptop to buy, reviewing these important factors will be quite helpful:
Check out and compare prices. Laptops are all over the board when it comes to price! You don't need to spend a ton of money to get a good laptop. Window-shop around first to see what is out there and what you can afford.
Performance is very important when it comes to any computer. Conduct a simple survey among your friends who are laptop-users to know roughly which brands or models are those which routinely have problems. Of course, you don't want an independable laptop. You can also read online testimonials and descriptions in trusted review sites.
Also covered in terms of performance aside from speed is the battery life. This is the measure or number of minutes the battery can last if it isn't charging. See if there have been a number of complaints about the battery with the laptop that you are thinking on getting. If there are no complaints about the battery in general but you're a mobile person and need a battery that will last longer, buy an extra battery that is compatible.
Next in line for your checking is memory. If you aren't saving very much files or one who's not games-savvy/addict, you can get away with a smaller memory capability. Otherwise, find a unit that can hold a larger size of tray for memory. Ask if the laptop can be inserted with extra memory chips and how large memory it can support.
How is the quality of the laptop? You don't want a laptop that heats very fast. Be sure that you check out the warranty, too.
Lastly, be sure to purchase a good anti-virus program as well so that you laptop is safe from hackers, spammers and viruses.