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Buying a Laptop? Here's What you Need to Know

Are you in the market for a new laptop? Are you upgrading your workplace equipment, starting in college, or shopping for a gift? If the answer to any of these questions is a yes, then there are a few things that you should know before you buy. In this short and sweet article, we look to make the browsing of our laptop collection even easier by answering some important questions, highlighting some key laptop features, and making a suggestion here and there.

Why Do You Need a Laptop?

Having a laptop buying guide without a few simple reasons to why you should buy one in the first place is no use. Here are three for you:

Portable: Need to work on the train? Want to carry your work around with you conveniently and stylishly? Then perhaps a laptop is the perfect choice for you. With a laptop, you can work on the go, bring your laptop to work or school, and not have to worry about transporting a large monitor, keyboard, or mouse. They are all in one compact and convenient place.

Screen Size: A massive upside to the laptop is the fact that the screen size is large. Most laptops have a 14–16-inch screen, which is easy to work on, perfect for watching television programmes, playing games online, or reading the latest news articles.

Affordability: This may not be the case for all laptops, but there are certainly HP Laptops and ASUS Laptops (many within our own collection) that are affordable and will provide you with top-quality regardless of your use case. It does not matter if you are a student or a busy professional; obtaining a great laptop at an affordable price should be possible, and at DID, we look to provide that affordability for you.

Back to Work

If you are looking for a new work laptop, you will want something well-priced and functional. That’s why we think that perhaps something from our HP or Apple collection might be of use. These brands offer exceptional quality and functionality. Exactly what you need in a modern workplace. So whether you are working from home, or frequenting the office, a HP or an Apple laptop would greatly benefit you.

However, it would be wrong to say that any of our laptops in the collection would not fit the workplace environment. Each laptop in our collection is packed full of features and the best in modern technology. Furthermore, you can accessorise your laptop as you wish or save money and buy a laptop bundle. The possibilities are endless.

Back to College

If you are heading back to school or are starting in college, then it is important that you have a good laptop by your side. The laptop is the perfect way to stay on top of your assignments, where they can be saved and edited as you need. Below are a couple of affordable quality laptop suggestions that we think would be a good all-around fit for any student looking to enter the laptop market and ace those exams or essays.

The Lenovo range is widely considered to be very high quality. What we love about the Lenovo range here at DID, is the versatility and flexibility of the laptops on offer. There is something within our Lenovo collection for everyone. With Laptops ranging from €250 to €1000, students can enter with any budget and come out with a laptop that they will love.  

From the Chromebook to the ZenBook series, an ASUS laptop from our collection is where you will find some of the best quality around. Once again, the beauty of buying an ASUS laptop is the variety in price, but the consistency in quality. Regardless of whether you want to pay €180 for an 11.6-inch Chromebook, or €1000 for a new ZenBook, at DID, we have you covered. Student life is all about budgeting, and with the range of affordable ASUS laptops to choose from in-store and online, you are spoiled for choice.

We do have a little laptop buying guide specifically for college students on our site if you need to do a little more research, so make sure to check that out too.

Need a couple of accessories to add to your new laptop? Check out our range of laptop accessories here, or perhaps you want to save money? If so, then check out our laptop bundles, and be sure to check back towards the end of the summer, when student deals are always a popular option for in-store and online customers.


Do laptops use less power than a desktop?

Yes, a laptop would typically use less power than a desktop computer because the components that make up the laptop are smaller, and therefore generate less power.

Should I replace a desktop with a laptop?

This depends on your personal needs and use case. A desktop might be a good idea if you are looking to play games online or do intensive work from home or a home office. However, a laptop is best if you want portability and versatility.

Are laptops waterproof?

As much as we would all love them to be, laptops are not waterproof. Many laptops can provide water resistance, but in most cases, a laptop will have difficulty working properly once it gets wet.

If you are in the market for a new laptop but don’t know which type would suit you, then do not hesitate to contact your local store, where one of our team would be happy to help you out. Alternatively, call our online sales team, who will gladly assist over the phone! Delivery for all small items is only €5.99, or you can avail of the click and collect service across our 23 stores nationwide, so you are never too far away from the perfect laptop for you. Not only that, but if the laptop you desire is out of your budget, then maybe you can use our Humm Finance option, where you buy now, and pay later using a payment plan to suit you.