I'm thinking you need a basic kind of laptop that has graphics that are good enough to support your gaming, a hard drive large enough to house many documents without lagging. I do think you need to consider a big battery life. Especially if the power goes out for hours; trust me mine is only 4 hours.
The colour isn't as important, you can generally get them customized later on, but at the moment there are 3 kinds of processor speeds (how fast your computer is, how much it can handle, etc.)
The most basic is Intel Core i3. I have Core i5 and I do a lot of what you're looking for as I am a college student, I manage my horse's finances, I play some games now and then, etc. Core i7 is for butt kicking capabilities. Mainly if you work with rendering (3D modeling) or you're more of a serious gamer since it takes up a lot of your CPU usage (how many programs your computer can juggle at once without crashing/freezing/etc.)
I think you should aim for Core i5 as Core i3 is pretty useless in my eyes :P
The second thing you need to focus on is the 'plugs' (not the technical term lol) that are on the laptop. Do you use a lot of usb plugins like a little mouse, or USB thumb drives, or card reader, etc? Are you going to use plug-in internet, are you going to want to plug a TV into your computer, etc.
Fast internet is going to be something different. That's mainly what kind of internet plan you buy, not really related to the laptop EXCEPT an onboard (inside the laptop) wifi chip is nice. One that has an easy off/on switch.
MOST new laptops come with their basic version of windows or mac. You can decide to keep it or get it wiped clean and buy the right operating system program that you want. The version that comes with it usually has a lot of useless apps or shortcuts so I recommend finding someone that knows PCs (if you don't, that is) and removing those to free up space.
Mine is from fujitsu, which is more of a multimedia brand but I love its capabilities and it wasn't that expensive.
Dells are a good option too.
Acer.. pretty nice but I really highly recommend reading the reviews on any laptop you consider purchasing. Be careful asking people at the store as they usually just want you to buy something.. so they can talk up a storm.
You should look for a laptop that isn't too heavy, though. That's my advice to you.
I wouldn't get an Apple..
Hope I helped a bit.. I'm still learning myself.
But write down what you need, your price range, and go research!! Maybe go to a website and look at what they have to offer, look at the "specs" and see if something has most if not all of what you want.
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Last edited by Skyseternalangel; 05-28-2012 at 12:30 AM.