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There are way too many Windows laptop brands to talk specifics.

Every place I’ve worked in the past 25 years has used Dell computers, but I’ve tested a few from Acer that I really like.

I’m sure Black Friday will bring some sales.

Some specs to look for are the processor, RAM and internal storage.

 

I prefer Intel processors like the i5 or i7 with a minimum of 8 GB of RAM (and 16 GB is better). Other processors like the AMD Ryzen are also really good.

If you have a choice, choose a model with a solid-state drive that uses memory chips instead of spinning platters to store your files. Solid-state drives have no moving parts, and their speed is unmatched.

If you are a gamer, or buying for a gamer, look for a model with a separate graphics processor, also called a discrete graphics processor.

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