2. Biggest Hard Drive Possible One of the most important features of a laptop is the storage that you have available. While changing hard drives is possible, it can be a hassle if you haven't backed up your data regularly. So you should look at the biggest hard drive possible. SSD, or solid state drives, are faster and more robust, but still cost a pretty penny. For now, I'd stick with traditional hard drives. 3. Anti-Glare Screen While the slick new screens are really great, they can be trouble to use outside, where there are a lot of reflections. Most manufacturers offer this upgrade for a small cost. For MacBooks, it costs $50.
4. Smaller Size and Weight The bigger laptops are stunning, but overall, I've found that if something weighs more than 4-5 pounds, it's just not possible to lug them around everywhere. In fact, even a MacBook Pro 13" can be heavy to carry around if you haven't got a proper bag. 12-15-inch screens are big enough for most users. These smaller screens mean that the laptops weigh less. 5. Service Plan or Not? I've never purchased a service plan and we have a MacBook Pro in our home, as well as other laptops. Are they worth it? I find that I prefer not to do so, but if this is a major concern, you should get one to get peace of mind. Some of the higher-end laptops definitely warrant such an expense, but the cheaper laptops don't. [top image by Rocket Silence, Jared Schmidt via CC license, Peter Hellberg] MORE COMPUTERS Computer Maintenance: Backing Up Every Few Months MacBook Pro Combined With Mac Mini Home Office Works Well