Welcome to The Ultimate Laptop Buyers Guide

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Buying a laptop isn't as easy as it used to be. As the once cutting-edge tech that lived inside big beige boxes has been shrunken down to tiny proportions—and made exponentially more powerful in the process—the humble laptop has been transformed from a big boys' toy for business into an everyday essential. The result is far more choice than ever before. Whether you need a great value laptop for the little ones or an all-powerful machine for playing through the latest triple-A games, there's a laptop out there for you.

The question is, with so many laptops to choose from, where do you start? We've teamed up with Currys PC World to create the Ultimate Laptop Buyer's Guide. We've got everything from our picks for the "Best laptops for kids" and "The best 2-in-1 laptop" through to tips and tricks like extending battery life and navigating Windows 10, which help make the most out of your of your brand new laptop. We've also got plain-English explanations of key components like CPUs, SSDs and graphics cards to make sure you get the most bang for your buck, whatever your experience with tech.

To make things even easier we've divided up our guides into four categories: Laptop Upgraders, Best First Laptop, Gamers and Students & Professionals. Laptop Upgraders is the place to go if you aren't familiar with tech and wrestling with an old laptop or desktop and need something bang up-to-date. Best First Laptop is where parents can get clued up on the latest tech and make sure pester power doesn't get the best of them. Gamers is where to you’ll find powerful graphics with big screens and great performance for playing the latest games, while Students & Professionals contains the most stylish, portable and fast laptops with great battery life.

Simply click on one of the categories in the image above to filter down the guide or find a list of all articles below. We're regularly updating the guide with new content every week, so check back regularly for more.

Once you've found the perfect laptop, head over to Currys PC World online and in-store to find the best deals.