what will you use it for? Will you use it mainly on the move, or in one location, do you want a wireless one, does it have to very light, how fast, is it for gaming, watching videos or Office apps? etc etc. John Lewis website does a 'guide to choosing a laptop' which while a bit out of date, covers the basic questions. I found you can get quite a lot of choice for around 1,000 - and spent a week researching the options! I asked on this site "Who makes the best laptops?" and no-one replied. I trust established and recognised brands so I bought a Toshiba and warrantied it up to the max. How long do you want your laptop to last? - is a good question!