How to choose the right laptop for you

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Every laptop is a compromise between portability and power, and they all vary on where they draw that line. A faster and more capable machine needs bigger components and more room to keep them cool--which means it will end up larger, heavier, and more battery-draining than a less powerful computer. As portable computing power has improved over the last few years, this compromise has become less of an issue. Decent processors and graphics chips now slip into very svelte laptop frames. However, it's still true that if you want a laptop capable of the most demanding tasks--gaming and video editing, for example--then it's going to be relatively chunky.

These are the 10 toughest laptops in the world

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Modern laptops have a hard life. We treat them like disposable commodities, throwing them in our bags like discarded gum wrappers, using them as coasters, and shoving them into the hands of toddlers looking for a Netflix fix. It's inevitable that with all the punishment they endure, at some point they'll reach the point of no return. But as badly as us regular folks treat our personal computing devices, it's nothing compared to the punishment dished out to laptops used by the military, police, and field researchers. While we expect our MacBook Air to shrug off the occasional Starbucks spill, ruggedized laptops are designed to withstand pouring rain, six-foot drops, intense vibration, and extreme temperatures.

Save $100 on an HP Jaguar laptop, which would make a perfect gift for high school grads


Anyone going off to college in a few months will need a new laptop for taking notes and writing essays. According to the product page, this laptop uses an Intel Core i7-7500U processor and it's touchscreen-enabled with a 1 TB hard drive. Walmart normally lists the price at $699, but you can get it on sale for only $599. Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission.

Four Cool Laptop Cords for Writers to Wear Safely to Bed

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Good news: your favorite sleeping accessory just got a little less dangerous! These four laptop cords not only meet current technological standards but also won't even accidentally strangle you after you fall asleep alone while working on your novel about being sad. This is a really nice laptop cord. It's black, like your heart, which is shrivelled up because you've been in and out of love more times than that celebrity who actually dates an appropriate number of people for a single person yet is constantly judged for some reason. You can special-order this cord on Amazon the next time that you're editing your monthly shipment of cat food for Mr. Buckles, who also happens to be black, much like this cord and your lifeless heart.

Razer's three-screen laptop is absurd and I must have it

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Razer's Project Valerie is an insane three-display laptop. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives. Razer--manufacturer of laptops, computer accessories, and master of all known colors--has brought a few of its passion projects to this year's CES, but none have caught my eye quite like Project Valerie. Project Valerie is a gaming laptop like no other.