Buying a Laptop

I’m been asked a few times to give some general advice on buying a laptop for light personal use. As a "computer person", I’m expected to know these sort of things, and over the course of several months built up a stock e-mail, which provides some hints and tips.

I’ve decided to post it here, just in case people find it useful in the future, plus I will always know where to dig it up from should I ever need it again.

General advice on buying a laptop information can be found here.