Replacing a desktop computer with a laptop system immediately makes ones purchase more customized. As a laptop user you will be looking at mobility without sacrificing much of the hardware that would come with a desktop.

I recently gave this viewpoint much consideration when a couple asked me what laptop would be the best for them. They wanted computing flexibility to fit their diverse lifestyles, he is in sales and she is a writer with toddler in tow. She wants to use a laptop when she is about town, and also wanted something portable for around the house when she is with her child.

Adjectives used to describes laptop computers today are thin, light, mobile, loaded, portable. Weight is a big issue among mobile professionals. If you have ever traveled with a laptop you’ll quickly find out why.

If you simply use Word documents, check e-mail and surf the Web, a mainstream notebook will do.

Most people looking to replace the desktop system don’t want to sacrifice the “essential” robust qualities that they have become accustomed to: high-end processing unit, abundance of RAM, hard drive space and an assortment of necessary peripherals.

With price being no consideration, look for a computer with high-end components. Dual Core processor, 160 to 250GB hard drive, 2GB to 4GB of RAM. This will be costly, but it is mainly a starting point to scale down from.

The beauty of computing is the plethora of options. If you are running games or doing editing you will need more RAM. Consider online storage if you don’t think you need a large hard drive. Additionally, keep in mind that a larger screen will consume more battery power.

Hopefully these pointers will give you some guidance and flexibility when searching for a desktop replacement. Just as you should strive for high-end components, keep in mind that you don’t need everything.  Just remember you can’t have everything so budget accordingly.