How to Buy a Laptop

How to Buy a Laptop

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We wanted to do a Back To School Buyers Guide.. but the second we recommend something in 2021 it will be sold out. So instead we’re giving you the tools to figure out what laptop is best for you.

Buy HP Envy 14:

Buy Dell XPS 15:

Buy HP Envy 13:

Buy MacBook Air M1:

Buy Acer Nitro 5:

Buy Alienware m15:

Buy HP Omen 15:

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Intro: Laszlo – Supernova
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Outro: Approaching Nirvana – Sugar High
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Intro animation by MBarek Abdelwassaa
Monitor And Keyboard by vadimmihalkevich / CC BY 4.0
Mechanical RGB Keyboard by BigBrotherECE / CC BY 4.0
Mouse Gamer free Model By Oscar Creativo / CC BY 4.0

0:00 – Intro
0:27 – MSI Clutch!
0:40 – The XPS 15 is sick
1:05 – How much performance do you need?
1:48 – GPU Selection
3:36 – CPU Selection
5:30 – How much RAM?
6:00 – How much Storage?
6:50 – Apple M1
7:43 – Chromebooks
8:15 – Display Selection
12:05 – Keyboard & Trackpad
15:00 – Weight and Battery Life
15:56 –
16:35 – Outro


  1. Lexus Lfa Jonas on June 22, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    Me watching how to buy a laptop – on my laptop xD

  2. positrack99 on June 22, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    Recommending the 3050 ruined my positive opinion of you.

  3. Usman Hussain on June 22, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    Are u lot dumb? Hes an HUGE influencer in the tech business so of course its gonna be sold out if he puts a good reference for a certain laptop? Bruh

  4. Polaski on June 22, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    Very cocky saying a laptop will go out of stock just bc you say it. Get off your high horse!

  5. AmarS on June 22, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    what laptop is at 1508

  6. TheReacTT on June 22, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    I got a laptop based on those recommendations and I love it! Thanks LTT!

  7. Grace Tannurwael on June 22, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    We need an updated version of this video every year 🤣

  8. Stuart Branson on June 22, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    Desktops should be laptops without the screens

  9. Jahid Sarkar on June 22, 2022 at 10:01 pm

    I magine a world, where you can configure the laptop down to it’s last screw. Like you can get all the exact same things that you wish for, with absolutely zero compromises becaue you made it !

  10. SkullTrooper0994 on June 22, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    In my opinion, I think the IdeaPad Gaming 3i is better than the Acer Nitro 5 because it has better thermals and it’s also not "gamery" looking, like the Acer Nitro 5, HP Pavilion 15 Gaming and the MSI GF63 Thin, so I can be at school without anyone noticing a gaming laptop in front of them.

  11. Fapping Foopa on June 22, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    Short circuit

  12. Patek2 on June 22, 2022 at 10:03 pm

    In short, everything is too expensive.

  13. Zion K on June 22, 2022 at 10:04 pm


  14. Катюша on June 22, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    Good thing that I just watched this one… I was about to buy a laptop for gaming/3D modelling and I have found a great deal on an AMD Ryzen 5600H, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, RTX 3070 and 165 Hz IPS screen laptop and no surprise its Lenovo Legion 5 for 1281 USD

  15. Jodi Redler on June 22, 2022 at 10:07 pm

    Skip Lenovo — they have problems with both keyboards and webcams and CS is awful

  16. Nilaksh on June 22, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    10:07 woah woah woah the caption says lower while James says more o.0

  17. Garry Hall on June 22, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    Getting a Larger SSD and cloning the drive from the laptop to this SSD is mega easy with a free program. then with the enclosure you can make a meag fast external drive with the SSD that you replaced. 1 TB ssd are about £90 these days. much cheaper than buying a laptop and paying though the nose for the large storage which is a swiz.

  18. Awesome Brotherhood on June 22, 2022 at 10:11 pm

    HP Envy are usually sold out, saying it or not

  19. Cons on June 22, 2022 at 10:11 pm

    Bought an acer nitro with a 5600h and 3060 for around 1200 and let me tell ya, best money ive ever spent. It runs games at 60+fps, has an IPS FHD display with a 144hz refresh rate and it’s fully upgradable. If youre looking for a good laptop youre in luck, as Ive been seeing it on sale for like 990 recently.

  20. VX on June 22, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    Finally, no more 5 hour comparison searches🤣. Thank you

  21. Ahmed Mudkip on June 22, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    Wanted to note the caption error at 10:07, the caption says that "lower is generally better" for the amount of nits needed on the screen in bright environments, when James is saying the opposite.

  22. Zamfir on June 22, 2022 at 10:19 pm

    Hey Mate, Thank you a ton for the tips. I’m going for the MSI – Sword 15.6 Gaming Laptop – Intel Core i7 NVIDA RTX 3050 ti – 512GB – 8G Memory – Black. Well the keyboard will be right. I chosen this laptop because it fits all my priorities and I’m gonna need it for school and a bit of gaming!

  23. Parm on June 22, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    Best Laptop buying guide. Thank you.

  24. spectrthechamp on June 22, 2022 at 10:22 pm

    Man I can’t find that orange personality core background anywhere 00:00

  25. AB-ARTS on June 22, 2022 at 10:22 pm

    Hey there, I’m new to your channel, do you have a series on good laptops for artists? I’m a digital artists and honestly the only thing that comes to mind (since I’m not a big tech guy) is a Mac book pro, but the thing is it will cost me 5000$ CAD for a laptop..

  26. MoiGold07 on June 22, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    Who else watches this video again and again when ur bored? Lol

  27. The Traveling Merchant on June 22, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    Just by an old Thinkpad and install Linux on it.

  28. EmptySergeant on June 22, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    step 1 , don’t

  29. A guy in the internet on June 22, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    Envy 14

  30. Jordan Ruzic on June 22, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    Alright Team Linus. Who can tell me what the better option on this is. An Asus Zenbook Pro with i9-11900H and an rtx 3080 or i9-10980hk with an rtx 3070. I am looking at this laptop for video editing, motion graphics, and I am learning 3d modeling. From this video the HK is a super fast boy but it comes with the 3070 and you get the drift. The price difference is somewhere around 70 dollars. So that being said are these both almost the same laptop then or depending on the application used one will be better off at times?

  31. Tom H on June 22, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    I was just wondering if anyone could possibly give advice on how the Asus vivobook 15 laptop ( ASUS VivoBook, AMD Ryzen 5, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 15.6 Inch OLED Laptop, M513UA-L1188W)
    compares / how would you rate it against the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 which has AMD Ryzen 7 5700U processor with same 8GB ram (memory), and same 512GB SSD storage, 15.6 inch screen, model 82LN00ENUK. only reason is that I am completely new to laptops having still owning only very old over 10 years now still with an outdated Windows 8 Toshiba Satellite Pro L850 laptop which although back in its day very good/ possibly nearly top of the line laptop in Toshiba range; is now nearly on the brink of breaking down/ nearly stop working due to it’s age and issues such as slow booting time and turning off randomly at times by itself, making files I have saved very vulnerable of loosing once it crashes completely unfortunately. It would be very useful if somebody could possibly give advice on which laptop is best as not looking specifically for a very expensive high end laptop but just good enough to do daily buisness tasks. In my understanding despite the Asus vivobook laptop nowadays comes with the Ryzen 5 5500U processor which is slightly lower performance than the Lenovo ideapad 5 which comes with the Ryzen 7 5700U processor but seems like now Asus comes already pre- installed with Windows 11 Home or is it the Windows 11 S edition anyways, wheras the Lenovo despite having slightly better processor has only Windows 10 Home/ or Windows 10 S installed at least according to my research.

    Also was wondering as not much knowledge regarding these two/ 2 laptops I was wondering if these laptops come with the older type of 2.5inch SSD or the M.2 drive SSD?
    Thank you,

  32. Nearn on June 22, 2022 at 10:29 pm


  33. abhinav anand on June 22, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    Fucking amazing video this is what free knowledge can do

  34. DanuBanu on June 22, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    If you’re gonna spend 2000 dollars on a laptop… Buy Apple’s MacBook Pro.

  35. EHC on June 22, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    What do you guys think about ASUS TUF laptops?

  36. Steve Bobs on June 22, 2022 at 10:35 pm


  37. Cherry on June 22, 2022 at 10:35 pm

    It would be really nice if you tell me the laptop model you have in the middle

  38. Miguel Ramirez on June 22, 2022 at 10:36 pm

    Hey guys!! Could you help me out? What do You think about asus tuf fx506l-hn002 for a good budget laptop? I’m also concerned on durability for my new laptop. Any opinions? Thanks!

  39. 13Ninjafox on June 22, 2022 at 10:36 pm


  40. DracoRogue1218 on June 22, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    How much RAM he suggests my laptop should have: 8GB to 16GB
    How much mine has: 6

  41. UrMusic on June 22, 2022 at 10:40 pm

    I have a question.. does Samsung Galaxy book pro is good in long term used?

  42. Taka Michinoku on June 22, 2022 at 10:40 pm

    Lmaooo I just came back to this video and realized it said "BOARDERLANDS 3" when comparing games. Omg.

  43. BaiatSmek123 on June 22, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    thet gtx 1650 laptop gpu doesnt perform at all the same as the desktop version. the laptop one is way slower ESPECIALLY IF IT HAS OPTIMUS

  44. Emmanuel Rivera on June 22, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    LED is terrible with battery life?
    What kind of ongo did u ate

  45. Anuroop gaming on June 22, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    Lol the title is stupid
    Everyone knows how to buy a laptop

  46. Ekerette Ekpo on June 22, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    I want a free laptop. 😩🥺

  47. Fapping Foopa on June 22, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    This is like the first or second time I’ve ever seen one of your videos but whoever that second guy is talking he doesn’t seem like he’s good at reading the scripts or talking to the camera

  48. Josh C on June 22, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    I thought I was watching mrwhosetheboss when i first clicked this

  49. Gwen Tan on June 22, 2022 at 10:48 pm

    Most of reviewers who got their hands on Macbook m1 laptops says the keyboard on these devices have the best in the market, here I’m surprised it is not.