How much do you want to spend?
Before we get into the functions of a laptop, it’s probably better to figure out what sort of budget you want to be spending on a laptop, allowing you to narrow your choice down to something affordable for you.
Laptops can range from hundreds of pounds, to thousands of pounds, depending on the model, brand and specifications.
If your laptop is going to be used for general browsing, streaming and creating Word documents, then you’re not going to be needing to spend over the odds when only the basic of functionalities and features are required.
At Encore, we have a huge range of refurbished laptops for home use from brands such HP, Lenovo, Dell, and more!
We’ve even hand-picked a range of refurbished devices we believe are perfect for home users.
Where will the laptop be used?
The great thing about laptops, is they are portable and can be used in any room of the house.
If you are thinking of buying a laptop that will sit in one place, such as a home office or desk, then you might think about going for a larger laptop, but if you will be moving the laptop around the house for whatever reason, then you may consider buying a lightweight laptop.
Another thing to consider is whether the laptop is just going to be used at home or will it be used out of the house too? For example, some bloggers like to take their laptops on their travels so they can write on location and therefore would require a relatively small and lightweight device.
What features do your home users require?
As mentioned before, if the laptop is going to be used for general browsing, streaming and created documents, then you won’t be needing all the features a gaming laptop would require.
Generally, most household laptops just need the basic features:
◾HDMI Port (if you want to connect to yout TV or monitor)
◾4GB RAM (8GB is preferred)
◾250GB Hard drive (unless your storing lots of video or photos - in which case 1TB would be better)
If, however, the laptop is going to be used for gaming or creating HD graphics, then you will need to consider extra features such as graphic cards, SSD drive, and multi-core processors.
Windows 10 is a MUST!
With Windows 7 coming to it’s ‘End of Life’, it’s an absolute must to have Windows 10 - Microsoft’s latest, most powerful and secure operating system - installed onto any Windows device
If you decide to buy a refurbished laptop from Encore, your device will come pre-installed with Windows 10.
View a Selection of Laptops for Home
Still debating what kind of laptop device to go for? contact a member of our team who will be happy to point you in the right direction.