In addition to knowing your own needs and not the saleperson's for getting the best laptop computer, it's important to be aware of another person's brand loyalty, and not let it throw you. Many people, the tech-savvy especially, are harshly devoted to a certain computer company, be it Apple, IBM, Dell, or any number of others. While this makes them experts on their favorite, it does not make them the best at advising someone else, as what you want might not be what they want. For example, Apple computers work very well for someone who does a lot of graphic or art design; they might not be as good for someone who wants a computer that is extremely durable. Know your own needs, and don't let others, be they friends or salespeople, decide on them for you.