11 laptops for every need and budget

From budget friendly to high end, there’s plenty of options when it comes to looking for a new laptop.

Whether it’s for work, school, or personal reasons, almost all of us have some form of laptop, but it doesn’t always have to break the bank.

TODAY spoke with tech expert Trevor Long who gave us the best laptops for every budget and need.

TODAY: Trevor – let’s talk first about kids… What are some good first laptop options?

LONG: Lots of kids are getting laptops either for home work, or for school and there are plenty of basic options available.

The HP Stream is the most affordable option at $266 – it’s not made for gaming but will get documents written and give you access to the web.

For a bit more power the Lenovo IdeaPad S130 and HP x360 are great options for a bit more power, better quality screens and larger screens.  They are priced at $577 and $497 respectively.

TODAY: Basic laptops for the average user, or for families… What’s a good price to spend?

LONG: For more than just the absolute basics like we discussed earlier, I’d be looking at the $900 to $1500 price range.  This allows you to be more specific with your specifications, power, performance, storage etc.

The Lenovo Yoga 530 is a “convertible” which allows you to flip the screen around. It has good power inside and is still under $1000.  The Dell Inspiron 7000 has a much larger screen and is priced at just over $1100. The new Microsoft Surface Laptop is a real cracker, with its stunning design making it a real stand out from $1,499.

TODAY: What about for those who are looking for something one step up from these?

LONG: Apple just this month released a brand-new MacBook Air – this device is now 10 years old so a full refresh like this has been well received.  Starting at $1849 it’s not for everyone, but its light, thin, and runs the Mac Operating system which many people love.

Over at Huawei they’ve announced a great competitor – priced just $50 higher it’s a similar sleek design, great big screen and a nifty little camera that is hidden under the keyboard for those people worried about all the stories about webcams being hacked!

TODAY: And, what are we looking at for the best of the best?

LONG: If money is no object, the HP Spectre Folio is just shy of $3,000 but it’s just a stunning device – designed with the assistance of Katie Page at Harvey Norman. This is one of the best-looking laptop/tablet combination devices on the market.

The Apple MacBook Pro is also very popular, starting at $1,899 it can be pricey when you add power and performance.

For the kids or kids at heart – this Razer Blade laptop is $3,000 – and will play all the latest games, a great screen, coloured keys and all the power you need.

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