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What should you keep in mind when buying a fast laptop?

You've decided: you're buying a new laptop. And it needs to be fast; you don't want to wait a long time for your laptop to boot and for programs to open. What do you need to keep in mind when buying a fast laptop? We give you a number of tips, so you can get to work with a new laptop in no time.

In short

Of course, speed is relative, and it depends on what you use your laptop for. For certain usage situations, we recommend various specifications that make your laptop faster.

Usage situations

Processor RAM Hard drive
Internet, word processing, and watching movies any processor any RAM SSD
Photo editing Intel Core i5 / AMD A12 8GB SSD
Gaming Intel Core i5 / AMD Ryzen 5 8GB SSD
Video editing Intel Core i7 / AMD Ryzen 7 8GB SSD

The right processor

The boxes of Intel Core i5 and Intel Core i7 processors.

The processor is the 'heart' of your laptop and determines what your laptop is suitable for and how fast it operates. For every usage situation, we recommend processors that ensure you can get to work with a fast laptop.

  • Internet, word processing, and watching movies: any processor
  • Photo editing: Starting at Intel Core i5 or AMD A12
  • Gaming: Stating at Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5
  • Video editing: Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7

An SSD

A fast laptop has an SSD drive. While a traditional hard drive (HDD) usually takes more than a minute, an SSD will boot your laptop within a minute, and often even within 15 seconds. Other than that, booting programs and transferring files between folders is a lot faster. An HDD can do this at a speed of 50 to 120MB per second, while an SSD can transfer files at a speed of up to 2,600MB per second.

Chromebooks are an exception. These laptops feature Flash memory rather than an SSD. Chrome OS uses little energy and RAM, which means Chromebooks are still very fast. They're only suitable for simple tasks like email and word processing, though.

Sufficient RAM

A Lenovo laptop with Photoshop open.

Your laptop's RAM determines how fast it can perform tasks. Your laptop uses the RAM, which is temporary memory, for every action. Think, for example, of loading and running programs, switching between programs, and typing. The general rule is: the more RAM, the faster your laptop. More RAM means your laptop can store more temporary memory, so it can perform multiple tasks at the same time, and faster.

  • Internet, word processing: any RAM
  • Photo editing: 8GB RAM or more
  • Gaming: 8GB RAM or more
  • Video editing: 8GB RAM or more

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