There are probably many people shopping for laptop deals during the holiday, but getting the best deal might not come with all the bells and whistles that you may need to be more productive. It’s important to know exactly what you are going to use the laptop for.

If you’re a casual user and you only need a laptop for browsing, email and writing, than you don’t need to go out and get the top of the line laptop. If you are a gamer, you will need a powerful processor and video card in order to get the best gaming experience from your laptop.

Best Laptop based on needs

Casual User: The new Intel I Series processors are a must, but for the causal user you only need the I3. The best bet for purchasing a laptop in this class would be the Dell Inspiron 15R. This laptop offers more features for the price than most competitors, combining great audio and rock-solid features for less than $600.

Dell Inspiron 15R

  • Processor: Intel® CoreTM i3 370M (2.4GHz/3MB cache)
  • Operating System: Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-Bi
  • Display: 15.6″ High Definition (720p) LED Display with TrueLife™
  • Memory: 6GB3 DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz
  • Hard Drive: 500GB4 hard drive (5400RPM

This laptop has the i3 speed and storage capabilities that will provide the best experience even for those who need a little more. I own this laptop and I am very happy with it overall.

Customize your Dell Inspiron 15R

Power User & Gaming: According to many computer and gaming enthusiasts, the Alienware® M15x, is one of the most powerful 15″ gaming laptops. To get the power you need for gaming and other heavy workloads you will have to also reach deep in your pocket. The Alienware M15x as is without any add-ons costs $1,449. The base unit comes with the following specs;Alienware M15x

  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 740QM Quad Core Processor, 1.73GHz (2.93GHz Turbo Mode, 6M Cache
  • Memory: 4GB Dual Channel Memory (2x 2GB DDR3)
  • Video Card: 512MB GDDR3 NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 240M
  • Hard Drive: 250GB SATAII 7,200RPM
  • LCD Panel: 15.6-inch Wide HD+ 1600×900 (900p) WLED

Available with your choice of advanced NVIDIA and ATI™ Graphics including the NVIDIA 460M GTX graphics processing unit (GPU).

Featuring the latest mobile Intel® processors, including upgrade options to the Intel® Core™ i7 940XM Extreme Edition.

Customize your Alienware M15X