Answer: Unless you're a gamer, speed isn't necessarily the big thing to look for anymore. The reason is most computers today are fast enough to handle anything you try to run. So, you need to look at reliability, features and operating system. For laptops, Lenovo and Apple are the highest rated manufacturers. Features would include hard drive size (and speed), RAM and ports. However, note most of the time these can be upgraded at a later date. Finally, which operating system do you want? Gamers and spreadsheet users should go for Windows. Casual internet surfers and those involved in graphics or video should go with the Mac. Those who like to experiment and have little budget for software should try a Linux variant, like Ubuntu.