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Shopping for a new laptop for yourself or someone else? To make the best choice, consider the specific needs of the people who will be using it.

For young children, there are a wide range of learning laptops for kids, with specialized hardware and educational apps that make it easy and fun to learn concepts like colors, shapes, numbers, letters, music and more. Students need small, lightweight laptops that can be easily carried to class every day in a backpack, so Chromebooks and Ultrabooks are great options.

For gadget gurus who want sleek design and premium specs, look for a minimum 500GB hard drive and plenty of RAM, and consider 2-in-1 convertible laptops, which can also function as tablets. Serious gamers need a large (17"+) screen size and high resolution, and the graphics component, screen size and processor speed are very important.

For business users, speed and multitasking are particularly important, so look for a fast duo-core or quad-core processor. You'll also want to pay attention to battery life, total weight, and a comfortable full-size keyboard and anti-glare screen.

For more tips on shopping for laptops and other electronics, visit our Electronics Resource Center.