Iâ€™m noticing, a lot of the laptops I see [on Black Friday sales] have older processors like the Celeron and Pentium," says Bradford. "Keep in mind that with an older processor, youâ€™re basically getting a very big netbook; they are good for basic stuff, but not for anything taxing."
You can get a regular sized laptop with an older processor for $300 to $600. These are great for people who wonâ€™t need them for much outside of checking email, surfing the web, or word processing, but they arenâ€™t powerful. If multitasking, graphics, and high performance are important to you, look for laptops with the newest Intel chips which areCore i3, i5, and i7. â€œThe lowest processor I would get in the generation before those would be Core2 Duo from Intel,â€ she says. Many laptops come with Windows 7 and it is very resource intensive. If you are using an older processor you might not get the performance Windows 7 is intended to have.