Laptop buying guide

Laptops can provide the computing performance you need while you’re on the move. They’re ideal for everything from gaming with mates and editing digital photo albums to business and multimedia.

Our buying guide details the mains features to look for. Begin by learning about the three different operating systems - the recognizable Windows, the web-based Google Chrome and the clear, stylish Mac OS X, each offering their own benefits that may be right for you.

Delve into our range of Ultrabooks, MacBooks and 2-in-1 laptops, see the ‘Our Experts Love’ range and find some top tips from our Knowhow experts to help kickstart your buying journey.

If you’d like to see the differences for yourself, just visit one of our stores and we’ll be happy to help find the right laptop for you.

Operating system

Today’s operating systems are designed to be simple to learn, powerful, customisable and visually attractive.  Click here to find out more about each one.

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Operating system


Our wide range of computers is carefully chosen to suit all needs, so your ideal laptop is ready and waiting for you.  We’ve prepared a guide to key laptop features to help you decide.

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Our experts love

We love bringing you the very best in technology and are proud of our range.  Some products really stand out, and these get the Our Experts Love seal of approval.

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Our experts love

Top tips from Knowhow experts

From help setting up your new laptop to upgrades and repairs, our Knowhow experts are always on hand. 

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    We can set up and personalise your laptop, and give you a 30 minute one-to-one tutorial on everything it has to offer.

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    From wireless woes to Windows worries, our team of experts at our UK based Contact Centre are on hand to take your calls, all day, every day.

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    Automatically back up files, photos, music and videos securely online with Knowhow Cloud. Protect your laptop from viruses with our range of anti-virus solutions.

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    Laptop support & protection

    With a Care Plan, we'll fix or replace your laptop if anything goes wrong. You’ll also benefit from a computer healthcheck every year.

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