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Gift Guide: Plenty of laptops, even on budgets

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Posted December 3, 2013
Gift Guide: Plenty of laptops, even on budgets
In this , Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 file photo, the HP Chromebook 11 is displayed at a Google event in New York. The new $279 laptop, based on Google’s Internet-centric Chrome operating system, borrows many of the high-end features found in a model that costs about $1,000 more. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
There’s no shortage of laptop computers to pick from this holiday season, even for shoppers on tight budgets. A Chromebook optimized to run Google’s Internet services can be bought for as little as $200, while a few hundred dollars more gets you a laptop that’s not so dependent on having a continuous online connection.

 

Although smartphones and tablet computers get much of the attention these days, laptops are still more desirable for people who do a lot of typing or other heavy-duty tasks such as photo editing.

For most people, price tops the list of factors to consider when choosing a new laptop. You also have to consider processing speeds, storage and battery needs and figure out how much weight the person you’re shopping for will be willing to cart around.

And then there’s the operating system.

Are you shopping for someone who prefers Windows 8? If that’s the case, you’ll probably want to spring for a touch-screen model. You might even consider a two-in-one, which can switch back and forth between a laptop and a tablet. There are also Windows tablets with attachable keyboards to make them perform much like laptops.

Choices are more limited for fans of Macs or Google’s Chrome system, but the choices that are available are good ones.

Read more at: Phys.org

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