POPULAR SEARCHES          ALL THE SHOPPING TIPS          WHY 'DONKEY' SHOPPER?       MAIN PAGE  

What notebook should I get?
Here are some Donkey thoughts...


So you decided that mobile computing if something for you and you want to get a notebook. Some of the primary decisions on which notebook to get should be based on some basic questions you should ask yourself.
1) What will be the primary use for your laptop?
2) What is your budget.
3) How long do you intend to keep the laptop?
4) What are some of the secondary (additional) functions you want to have for this laptop?

By asking the above questions, you should get an idea of what sort of components the laptop should have. You will strike a balance between what you can afford versus what you should get to perform the tasks and operations you want. Remember that a notebook is just like a regular Personal Computer (PC) (yes - some people i talked too were not aware of this). Consider some additional functions you might want to be doing with the laptop.

For example: Your primary purpose is to be able to read your emails, and update some spreadsheets, however once in a while you might want to use your laptop to compile together a movie from a family vacation. For multimedia processing you have to consider hard drive space, video card, amount of RAM and a DVD burner. Are these extra components worth the extra money?

Keep in mind that laptops can be fragile. If you are a clumsy person (like myself - a clumsy donkey) who is likely to spill drinks, tip over, or do an accidental bang here and there - you might want to consider that carrying around a $2500 laptop might not be for you. If you are a "I need the best" (again - just like myself) type of person and are thinking of going high end, always remember that in general prices of electronic go down very quickly and your laptop will become obsolete.

Mr Donkey Says: Considering the fact the laptop is a fragile device, and the fact that they really do depreciate fast in value - it might be more worth to get a medium power laptop use for some time, and then move on to a next model after two years or so, instead of buying a high end laptop straight away. This way you will always have a laptop that's almost current's best, versus having one that is a hot toy at first, and then goes to useless piece of garbage in 3 years.

5) How much traveling will this laptop do.
6) What screen size do you want?

Again these two factors are important. Having a larger screen is nice. However, the screen size is what will primarily determine your carrying weight. If you are planning to be really mobile with your new laptop, consider getting something small.
* 15 INCH - most common laptop screen size
* 14 INCH - standard of what is considered "Thin and light"
* 13 INCH - super light and portable
* 12 INCH - even better!

Anything that goes smaller in screen size goes up in price. When you do go smaller, don't forget that you can always hook up a laptop to a regular LCD of your desired choice and end up with whatever native resolution that LCD does. This is good when you are working from home or from your office. Going smaller does not mean you are stuck with that resolution in every case but only when you are travelling or going mobile.

Anything above 15INCH is really getting into uncomfortable mobility. Those laptops get bulky and heavy. Even though a higher screen can hit the higher resolutions and present a much nicer display the weight becomes a counter-asset. In general anything with 17INCH you really have to be in a situation where you don't mind the weight, and this might be the right choice for some people. It's also easier to find larger screen size laptops with better hardware components such as more video memory. Mr Donkey believes that if you are trying to get something that acts as a gaming machine, it would be better to invest into a good desktop system rather than a laptop

Mr Donkey Says: Get a notebook that is portable and light. After all you are trying to go mobile.

While having a super light laptop is great, any screen below 13INCH can get small and frustrating to read. This is a very personal preferences. It all depends on how good your eyes are.

Read on... 
1 2 
Previous
Next

New HP 14" Intel DualCore N3060 4GB 32GB SSD Windows 10 + Office 365 Personal
Price: $179.99

Dell XPS 13 Laptop - 13.3" FHD - Intel Core i5-7200U - 256 GB SSD - 8 GB RAM
Price: $849.99

ASUS VivoBook Pro 17 N705UQ-EB76 17.3" Thin and Portable FHD Laptop, 7th Gen Int
Price: $879.99

Asus ROG Strix GL502VM 15.6" FHD Notebook #GL502VM-UH71
Price: $1049.99

Huawei MateBook D 15.6" Laptop Intel i5-7200U/8GB/1TB/940MX Gold New!!!
Price: $579.99

Dell Inspiron 15 5577 15.6" Full HD Gaming Notebook Computer, 16GB RAM 512GB SSD
Price: $949.0

ASUS VivoBook M580VD-EB54 15.6" FHD Thin and Light Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i5-
Price: $689.99

Alienware 17-R4 17.3 LCD Notebook i7-7700HQ 2.80GHz 16GB DDR4 1TB HDD GTX 1070
Price: $1749.0

Dell - Inspiron 17.3" Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 2TB Hard Drive -...
Price: $939.99

NEW! LENOVO 15.6” Laptop Intel 2.40GHz 4GB 1TB DVD+RW WebCam HDMI USB Windows 10
Price: $309.95

NEW! LENOVO 15.6” Laptop Intel 2.40GHz 4GB 1TB DVD+RW WebCam HDMI USB Windows 10
Price: $309.95

NEW! LENOVO 15.6” Laptop Intel 2.40GHz 4GB 1TB DVD+RW WebCam HDMI USB Windows 10
Price: $309.95

NEW! LENOVO 15.6” Laptop Intel 2.40GHz 4GB 1TB DVD+RW WebCam HDMI USB Windows 10
Price: $309.95

NEW! LENOVO 15.6” Laptop Intel 2.40GHz 4GB 1TB DVD+RW WebCam HDMI USB Windows 10
Price: $309.95

New HP 15.6" Touch Intel Quad Core 2.56Ghz 4GB Ram 500GB HD DVD RW Windows 10
Price: $269.99

Alienware 15 R3 15.6 LCD Gaming Notebook Intel Core i7-7700HQ 256GB SSD GTX 1060
Price: $1399.0

Asus ZenBook 14.0" Notebook, i7-8550U, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, W10H, Quartz Gray
Price: $949.99

ASUS Zenbook 13.3" FullHD Touchscreen Notebook Intel Core i5-6200U 2.3GHz Win10h
Price: $619.99

Laptop Intel Core 2 in 1 Tablet 10.1" Screen Quad Processor 32GB Keyboard Pink
Price: $110.28

DELL LAPTOP LATiTUDE WINDOWS 10 CORE 2 DUO 4GB RAM WIN DVD WIFI PC HD COMPUTER
Price: $138.98

Lenovo Flex 5 14" Full HD 2-in-1 Touch Laptop i7-7500U 16GB RAM 1TB + 512GB SSD
Price: $959.99

NEW Dell XPS 13 9360 i7-8550u 8th Gen 16GB 512GB PCIe SSD QHD+ Touch Fingerprint
Price: $1619.0

14" Lenovo X1 Carbon 5th Gen, 20HRCTO1WW, 2.7GHz i7-7500U, 16GB, 256GB SSD
Price: $1299.95

Lenovo Yoga 920 Star Wars Special Edition: Core i7-8550U, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM
Price: $1499.99

(New Sealed) Microsoft Surface Book 2 (i5 i7 | 256 512 1TB | 8 16GB | GTX1060)
Price: $1475.0

HP Touchscreen Laptop 15-bs091ms 15.6-inch HD, Intel Core i3-7100U, 8GB me..
Price: $376.72

HP Chromebook 14-ak031nr 14" Laptop N2840 2.16GHz 4GB 16 GB eMMC Chrome OS
Price: $140.0

Dell XPS 13 9360 i7-8550U 8GB 256GB FHD InfinityEdge IPS 1YR WARRANTY 8th Gen
Price: $969.0

Acer Aspire 3 15.6" Laptop AMD A9-9420/6GB/1TB Brand New!!!
Price: $319.99

ASUS ROG 15.6" Full HD Notebook Computer #FX53VD-RH71
Price: $929.0

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop Core i7 3.3Ghz WQHD IPS 2560x1440 Touch-Screen
Price: $600.0
Shipment: $15.0

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 14" Laptop PC i7-3667U 256GB SSD 8GB RAM Win 10 Pro
Price: $404.1

Used Surface Book Core i5 8GB 128GB Silver Demo Model
Price: $509.99

LENOVO FLEX 4 15.6” Full HD TouchScreen Intel 8GB 1TB Convertible 2-in-1 Laptop
Price: $417.95

LENOVO FLEX 4 15.6” Full HD TouchScreen Intel 8GB 1TB Convertible 2-in-1 Laptop
Price: $417.95

LENOVO FLEX 4 15.6” Full HD TouchScreen Intel 8GB 1TB Convertible 2-in-1 Laptop
Price: $417.95

LENOVO FLEX 4 15.6” Full HD TouchScreen Intel 8GB 1TB Convertible 2-in-1 Laptop
Price: $417.95

HP PROBOOK LAPTOP COMPUTER 2 CORE 2.1GHz 4GB 15.6 HD DVD WINDOWS 10 WIN WiFi PC
Price: $148.0

Acer Chromebook 11.6" Intel Celeron 4GB -C8GZ 16GB SSD N 2.58GHz White Y/17 New
Price: $149.99

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming- Intel i7-6700HQ - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Price: $699.99

Acer Aspire 15.6" HD Laptop Intel Core i5-7200U/6GB/1TB New!!!
Price: $389.99

NEW / Dell XPS 13 9360 / Core i5-8250U / 8GB / 128GB SSD / Touch / FHD / Win 10
Price: $839.95

New HP 15.6" 4GB 500GB Quad Core Win 10 DVD Drive HD Vibrant Display WiFi Black
Price: $239.99

ROG Strix GL753VD-DS71 17.3 LCD Notebook - Intel Core i7 (7th Gen) i7-7700HQ Qu
Price: $1079.99

Dell Laptop Computer E7240 256GB Solid State SSD 16GB Ram Core i7 Win 10 Grade B
Price: $349.94

(New Sealed) Microsoft Surface Book 2 (i5 i7 | 256 512 1TB | 8 16GB | GTX1060)
Price: $2395.0

New HP 15.6" Touch AMD A12-9720P 3.6Ghz 8GB 1TB HD DVDRW Win 10 Backpack Bundle
Price: $349.99

OB Alienware 15 R3 AW15R3-7003SLV Laptop i7-7700HQ 16GB RAM 256GB+1TB GTX 1070
Price: $2429.99

OB 2017 Razer Blade 14", Core i7-7700hq 2.6GHz, 512GB 16GB 6gb GTX 1060
Price: $1549.99

HP Pavilion 12GB Intel Core i7-7500U 1TB HD BT WiFi 15.6" TOUCHSCREEN Laptop PC
Price: $537.95

Asus T102HA-C4-GR 10.1" Touch Laptop Intel X5-Z8350 1.44GHz 4GB 64GB w/ pen W10
Price: $229.99

New HP 14" Stream Laptop/Intel processor/4GB/32GB eMMC/Office 365 1-year/Win10
Price: $168.97

New HP 15.6" Touch AMD A12-9720P 3.6Ghz 8GB 1TB HD DVDRW Win 10 Backpack Bundle
Price: $349.99

New HP 15.6" Touch AMD A12-9720P 3.6Ghz 8GB 1TB HD DVDRW Win 10 Backpack Bundle
Price: $349.99

New Toshiba Tecra A50 15.6" Laptop Intel i7-7500U 2.7GHz 8GB memory 750GB Win10
Price: $544.99

HP 17.3 inch Gaming Laptop AMD A12 3.40GHz 12GB 2TB HD R7 Graphics Windows 10
Price: $557.95

OB Dell XPS 15 15.6" 4K Ultra HD i7-7700HQ 2.80GHz NVIDIA GTX 1050 16GB 512GB
Price: $1499.99

Dell Inspiron 13-7359 13.3" Laptop Intel Core i7-6500U 8GB RAM 256GB SSD
Price: $429.99

Dell Laptop Windows 10 Latitude Computer Core 2 Duo 4gb Ram Wifi Win DVD 14.1
Price: $134.89

Dell Latitude 7204 Rugged- Core i5 @ 1.9GHz/8GB RAM/256GB SSD/Win 10 Pro!
Price: $599.0

HP 15.6” Laptop Intel 2.16GHz 4GB 500GB DVD+RW WebCam HDMI Wireless Windows 10
Price: $239.95

Samsung XE303C12-A01US 11.6" Exynos 5250 1.7GHz 2Gb 16Gb SSD Chromebook ChromeOS
Price: $87.0

Lenovo Flex 5 (15"), 15.6"UHD, i7, 16.0GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Win 10 Home 64
Price: $949.99

OB MSI GS73VR STEALTH PRO-225 17.3" i7-7700HQ,16GB, 256 SSD + 2TB HD, GTX 1060
Price: $1349.99

Samsung Odyssey i7-7700HQ 8GB NVIDIA 1050 15.6" FHD 1TB 128GB NP800G5M Notebook
Price: $695.0

HP Laptop 8460P Elitebook Pro Intel i5 2.2ghz 4gb 80gb HD DVD Wifi Windows 10
Price: $129.99

Asus Transformer Mini 10.1" Touchscreen Notebook with Detachable Keyboard White
Price: $288.99

BLUE 15.6 Inch Laptop Dual Core 4GB Windows 10 1TB Hard Drive Lenovo Ideapad
Price: $292.23

HP 15.6" Touch screen Laptop 4GB/500GB/Win 10/DVD-RW/HDMI/Black 15-bs020wm NEW!
Price: $285.0

Dell Inspiron 13 2-in-1 Laptop 13.3" touch, Intel Core i5-7200U, 8GB RAM, 256SSD
Price: $499.99

DELL LATITUDE Laptop Computer PC CORE I5 Windows PRO OFFICE WiFi DVD NOTEBOOK HD
Price: $199.88

FLUVAL 406 AQUARIUM CANISTER FILTER with COMPLETE MEDIA Plus 3 YEAR WARRANTY
Price: $169.48

NEW DELL INSPIRON 15 3000 3552 N3060 4GB 500GB WIFI HDMI DVDRW WINDOWS 10
Price: $287.99

DELL LATITUDE Laptop Computer PC CORE I5 Windows PRO OFFICE WiFi DVD NOTEBOOK HD
Price: $189.88

2-in-1 Tablet Laptop 10.1" Screen 32GB Intel Atom Quad-Core Processor Win 10 Slv
Price: $117.83

RB 2017 Razer Blade 14" Core i7-7700hq 2.6GHz, 256GB 16GB 6gb GTX 1060
Price: $1329.99

Dell i5577-5328BLK-PUS Inspiron 15.6" Intel i5-7300HQ 8GB, 1TB Gaming Laptop
Price: $684.0

(New Sealed) Microsoft Surface Book 2 (i5 i7 | 256 512 1TB | 8 16GB | GTX1060)
Price: $1475.0

LENOVO FLEX 4 15.6” Full HD TouchScreen Intel 8GB 1TB Convertible 2-in-1 Laptop
Price: $417.95

HP 17.3 inch Gaming Laptop AMD A12 3.40GHz 12GB 2TB HD R7 Graphics Windows 10
Price: $557.95

HP 17.3 inch Gaming Laptop AMD A12 3.40GHz 12GB 2TB HD R7 Graphics Windows 10
Price: $557.95

HP 17.3 inch Gaming Laptop AMD A12 3.40GHz 12GB 2TB HD R7 Graphics Windows 10
Price: $557.95

HP 17.3 inch Gaming Laptop AMD A12 3.40GHz 12GB 2TB HD R7 Graphics Windows 10
Price: $557.95

Microsoft Surface 13.5 i5-7200U 8 256GB Touch Laptop (2017 Model) Choose Color
Price: $1299.0

NEW HP Notebook 15.6" Touchscreen HP15-bw033WM Bundle AMD A12-9720 Quad Core
Price: $339.95

2-in-1 Tablet Laptop 10" Screen 32GB Intel Atom Quad-Core Processor Win 10
Price: $149.93

HP ProBook 6470B 14" i5-3320m 2.6GHz 4GB RAM 320GB HD Win 7 Home Prem Hot Deal
Price: $124.5

DELL ALIENWARE 17 R4 7TH i7-7700HQ 3.8GHz/8GB/1TB 7200RPM/FHD/GTX 1050/1 YR WTY
Price: $1129.99
Shipment: $19.0

ASUS ROG STRIX GL503VD 15.6" Full HD Core i7-7700HQ GTX 1050 4GB Gaming Laptop
Price: $1099.0

Lenovo Yoga 910 13.9in. FHD LED TS, Intel I7-7500U 2.7ghz, 256GB SSD 8GB RAM
Price: $795.0
Shipment: $25.0

HP Chromebook 11 G5 Intel Celeron N3060 4GB 16GB Chrome OS (English) X9U02UT
Price: $169.95

2017 Acer Flagship CB3-532 15.6" HD Premium Chromebook - Intel Dual-Core Celeron
Price: $210.83

Dell 15 5000 5566 Core i7-7500U, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD , Windows 10 Pro - Brand New
Price: $644.99
Shipment: $19.99

MSI GT72 6QD Dominator G 17.3" i7-6700HQ 16gb GTX 970m 1TB HDD SSD Gaming Laptop
Price: $899.99

Microsoft Surface 13.5 i5-7200U 8 256GB Touch Laptop (2017 Model) Choose Color
Price: $1299.0

DELL LATITUDE E6320 LAPTOP WINDOWS 10 WIN DVD INTEL i5 2.5GHz 8GB 320GB HD HDMI
Price: $198.0

HP Stream 14 inch Lightweight Laptop Intel 2.48GHz 4GB 32GB SSD WebCam WiFi HDMI
Price: $197.95

Dell Inspiron Gaming 7567 with Intel i5-7300HQ Processor And NVIDIA GTX 1050
Price: $675.0

12.5" Dell Latitude, 7280, 2.6GHz i7-6600U, 16GB, 512GB SSD +FREE SHIPPING
Price: $639.96

NEW HP 15.6" Intel i7-7500U 3.5GHz 8GB RAM 2TB HDD Windows 10 DVD+RW WiFi HDMI
Price: $549.99