How to buy the best laptop?
Our wide-range of top brand laptops feature high-performing Windows 8 Ultrabooks, stylish Macbooks and Chromebooks, as well as models with larger storage and processing power for demanding work environments. Search results can be filtered by manufacturer and price, or other important factors such as operating system, hard drive capacity, wireless connectivity, video memory and processor speed. You’ll also find a useful laptop Buyers Guide below, providing hints and tips on choosing a machine that's most suited to your mobile computing needs.
Aside from business trips, you might want to watch movies on the move or read articles in bed. In this case, a tablet with longer battery life and smaller weight may be a good choice. Take a look at our separate Tablet and Convertible PC category featuring products from Microsoft, Apple, Lenovo, Dell and Samsung.Tablet deals Longer battery life and smaller weight deals
In this case, you should opt for a laptop: it has a larger screen, improved connectivity to your TV, home cinema and printer and also has greater storage capacity for storing home movies and photos. The addition of a DVD/BluRay drive also allows you to enjoy movies from your home collection. Check out our guide to find the best laptop.Office laptop deals Home laptop deals
You do need a laptop then. Chromebooks and tablets have limited hardware capabilities and you might find it more difficult to interconnect your devices.Cases deals External HDD deals Pendrives deals
If you spend most of your time browsing the web, streaming music and films or reading instead of using office software, you should consider buying a tablet.
However, you’ll still need a real keyboard and access to lightweight apps to do business, while storing your work in the cloud. That’s what you can use a Chromebook for. Check out our selection of Chromebooks for a middle way between notebooks and tablets.
Chromebooks are notebooks running Google’s Chrome OS. They are built to be used primarily online: all apps save your work int the cloud, the machine itself has a limited storage space and has usually no optical drives. You cannot run Microsoft Office on a Chromebook, but in turn, the device is turned on in seconds, you have built in virus protection and OS, both updated automatically and you can download applications from the Chrome Store. Chromebooks are easy to use and can be hasslefree alternatives for notebooks, but if you wish to work with specific (Windows based) software that need more computing power, you’ll be better off with a laptop.
Which laptop to choose? For document editing, including complex spreadsheets and visually-intensive presentations, choose a base specification with (at least) a 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i3 processor or equivalent, plus 4 GB DDR memory, 13-14" LED backlight display (1600 x 900 resolution) and 500 GB storage.Productivity deals
Alternatively, if you need a tough yet light laptop for business on the move – consuming less power and offering instantaneous data access - then a model with Solid State Drive (SSD) should be top of your list. At this price point, laptops often feature an integrated web cam with 720p HD webcam for crystal clear video calls. For the ultimate in business mobility a smaller convertible Ultrabook – like the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga series offers great flexibility by way of a rotating 360 degree touchscreen display, shock proof SSD for storage and long battery life.On the Move deals
For a powerful laptop intended as a direct desktop replacement, our range of Windows 8 Pro laptop and mobile workstations represent cutting-edge performance for graphic intensive tasks, whilst office and creative tasks are revolutionised by 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 or Intel® Core™ i7 processors, coupled with larger system and increased DDR memory. You might make savings on the solid state drive in this case.Desktop Replacement deals
Light and Portable
Document editing, spreadsheets, browsing and ports including Gigabit LAN – these are the basics for office work. But today’s users also demand thin and light machines for productivity on the go. Be it home office or your workplace, ultra-portable laptops are a great choice. Choose a model with a matte screen if you’re frequently outdoors, while those without cooling fans run whisper quiet for a more comfortable user experience. Staying light and portable may involve some trade-off (i.e. entry-level integrated Intel HD graphics and no optical drives), but still make a great choice while you’re away from a primary PC. And if you travel frequently, it’s also good idea to choose a machine made from premium materials, including an aluminium top cover for maximum durability.Ultrabooks deals
Convertibles can be a good choice if you'd like to effortlessly convert your laptop into a tablet device on-the-move. 2-in-1 convertibles are geared towards business, with brands such as Lenovo offering four usage modes on their Yoga series, namely notebook, tablet, tent and stand. Other models feature detachable keyboards and useful productivity features such as extended battery life (up to 10-hours).Tablet Convertible Laptops deals
Do you require a laptop for day-to-day tasks such as browsing the web, word processing and basic picture editing? Or intend your purchase to be used as a family PC versatile enough to handle a bit of everything?
In which case, you’ll need a laptop with a screen-size of between 13” and 15” with solid specifications, decent battery life and plenty of storage. Which laptop is right for you? Using our filters, choose a model with at least 320 GB storage and 6-cell battery (approx. 9 hours life). If budget is a consideration, then a specification with a 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i3 or AMD A Series processor, integrated graphics (such as Intel HD Graphics 4400 or 4600) and less on-board memory (4GB DDR) will help keep costs down. Otherwise, a feature set with Intel® Core™ i5 or equivalent processor, 4GB or more RAM and 500GB+ storage will be more than enough for your needs. Check out the Toshiba Satellite series for an all-rounder laptop.Day to day Laptop deals
If you’re a creative professional editing photos, videos or 3D animations, or a designer/architect using CAD software, then a multimedia laptop with a minimum 1,600 x 900 screen resolution, separate graphics card and a powerful CPU will form your base specification. Portability and battery life may still be a consideration, though with increased storage capacity (at least 500GB), more memory (usually 8GB DDR), a discrete graphics card, DVD writer and upgraded speakers (often featuring Dolby® Home Theater® ) expect an increased weight of around 2.7kg. For the most demanding applications, a screen resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 screen (full-HD) or even higher FHD/3K display (2880x1620), coupled with an Intel Core i7 CPU and NVIDIA graphics will ensure high-productivity even when running multiple programs at once.Multimedia Laptop deals
Do you demand quality graphics, 3D rendering and lag-free action in games? In this case, a 15” notebook with 8GB RAM and 500GB hard drive will be your base specification. Selecting a machine with a more powerful CPU, discrete graphics card and high-resolution screen will ensure even the most demanding of titles run smoothly. No sure which laptop to choose? Here, we’ve gathered together the tough guys within our range, including options that cut-out unnecessary expenses to focus on your core needs.Gaming Laptop deals
networking A group of technologies giving wifi connections more speed and range.
touchscreen Screens using the electrical properties of the body to detect input. They can be controlled with light touches but usually cannot be controlled by a stylus.
Chromebook A laptop running Google Chrome OS – these PCs are designed to be used with an internet connection, applications save data in the cloud.
Glass Thin, light and scratch resistant, Gorilla Glass is the trademark of a specially coated glass used in portable device displays (notebooks, smart phones, etc.)
DDR3 SDRAM Double data rate type three synchronous dynamic random-access memory - a modern type of dynamic RAM with a high bandwidth interface
graphics A standalone graphics card usually giving more powerful graphic performance than the integrated cards that share memory with the CPU
DVD Super Multi A drive that reads and writes CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW and DVD-RAM.
Downgrade A Microsoft offer to switch to an older operating system version, for instance from Windows 8 to Windows 7.
qualification A certificate proving the product uses less energy and helps protect the environment. The list of energy star qualified product can be found here.
Ethernet A system to create a local area network from computers, like connecting the laptops and desktops in the office with a cable.
FHD (Full HD),
HD A display with a resolution of 1080 pixels characterized by 1080 horizontal lines of vertical resolution and progressive scan.
HDMI A standard to connect high-definition video devices enabling the transfer of HD video, audio and data to a source, such as a monitor, video projector or TV
HDMI to VGA
cable A cable enabling the connection of a modern, HDMI machine to an older VGA device, a monitor for instance.
Intel Iris Graphics A modern HD graphics solution built into the new generation Intel processors. This technology allows extreme gaming and high performance displaying without a separate graphics card.
LED backlight The technology used in most of the LCD screens
Product Key card A way to purchase Microsoft Office 2010 with a new PC. It includes a Product Key designed to activate Office software on one preloaded PC
Retina display Retina is a word coined by Apple to describe a display resolution in which pixels are so closely packed that, when held at what Apple considers to be the 'normal' distance, the user is not able to make out individual pixels. Retina displays have a resolution of 2,048 x 1536 pixels. Retina 5k displays have a 5120 x 2880 pixel resolution.
Smart card reader A device allowing the reading of chip cards, used as a security option in laptops.
SRS Sound Sound Retrieval System with a patented psychoacoustic 3D audio processing technology
SSD Solide State Drive – A storage device that stored data on a flash memory that contains no moving objects, unlike the older PC hard drives.
Thunderbolt Used on Apple Macs, this technology supports high-resolution displays and high-performance data devices through a single port and cable.
TPM Trusted Platform Module, a hardware based security solution encrypting computer generated keys to avoid hacker attacks.
Ultrabook A trademarked Intel brand for lightweight high-end notebooks featuring SSDs, low-power Intel processors and unibody chassis.
UMA Unlicensed Mobile Access, recently called Wifi calling, it allows the transition between wireless networks (e.g. GSM, 3G, EDGE, GPRS, etc.) and wireless LAN (e.g. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth). This means a user can initiate a call over GSM, for example, and the call switches from the GSM network to the office’s Wi-Fi and vice-versa.
USB 3.0 The new generation of Universal Serial Bus with the same plug and play possibilities plus a tenfold performance increase and lower power consumption. Most notebook provide USB 3.0 and 2.0 connectivities as well.More Technical Jargon Explained
We stock the latest Macbook Air and Macbook Pro notebooks featuring dual and quad core processors and retina screens from 11 to 15 inches. The MacBook Air is the ultimate everyday notebook from Apple – available in both 11 inch & 13 inch variants. The sleek & lightweight design means you can take it wherever you go for a true mobile computing experience. The MacBook Air features Intel Core i5 / i7 processors and a faster DDR3 RAM memory of up to 4GB. Macbook Air is built with a solid state drive (SSD) for fast boot and reliability and with Thunderbolt, HD data transfer is lightning-fast.
The MacBook Pro is an ultra fast laptop available in 13 inch, 15 inch & 17 inch models, all built in single piece of aluminium cases. Intel quad-core i5 / i7 processors are available in the various different models, Apple have also improved performance via an AMD Radeon graphics card with up to 1GB of dedicated GDDR5 video memory. New Thunderbolt technology comes as standard, as does 4GB of RAM memory which can be expanded up to 8GB. The laptop comes with Mac OS X Lion installed; this can also be configured to install Windows to ensure you can still run all of your favourite programs on your Mac.Apple laptop deals
Misco stocks a massive selection of Toshiba Satellite laptops. From the affordable and reliable Satellite Pro range to the super-lightweight yet super-powerful Portégé Ultrabooks, there's sure to be a Toshiba notebook that's right for you, whether you're looking for a business machine or home entertainment. Compare laptops from Misco’s Toshiba range including the popular Toshiba C series and chromebooks.Toshiba laptop deals
Misco's range of HP laptops makes it easy to choose the right setup. We have everything from top-of-the-range HP EliteBook and HP Envy packing the latest Intel Core i7, to more budget-friendly HP ProBook that are ideal for everyday use - and still pack a powerful punch. Do you want to use your machine mainly for entertainment? Buy an HP Pavilion laptop direct from Misco. Or for a cloud friendly alternative, check out our HP Chromebooks.HP laptop deals
Misco stocks a great selection of Lenovo laptops, including the very latest in the popular Lenovo ThinkPad series. ThinkPad laptops and notebooks are built to withstand the rigours of everyday life, making them perfect for anybody who needs to work on the go. From the ultra-light X series to the ThinkPad Edge series, specifically designed for small businesses, Lenovo’s touch screen laptop series called Yoga, there’s a Lenovo notebook for everyone. Compare laptops from our range.Lenovo laptop deals
Featuring powerful Intel processors, our Acer laptops all come equipped with Windows 7 Professional as standard. We have a wide selection of RAM and hard drive sizes, so you can buy exactly as much or as little power and space as you need. Choose from the TravelMate series or opt for the Acer Aspire range – you will find the best laptop at Misco.Acer laptop deals
Fujitsu built a reputation on designing sturdy yet stylish laptops, at Misco you will find a huge selection of Fujitsu Lifebook laptops.from no hassle notebooks featuring Intel Core i3 to touch-enabled ultrabooks with Core i7 processors and 4G/LTE connectivity. Choose from our Fujitsu range with built-in Windows 7/ Windows 8 or check out our the convertibles of the Lifebook series. If you wish to maintain your old laptop, we also have a selection of battery packs for Fujitsu Siemens Amilo notebooks.Fujitsu laptop deals