The last time I went out to buy a new computer was 2009. So much has happened in the computer world since then that when I finally did break down and decide to buy a new computer, I knew that I was going to need a little help from my old friend "research".
Here's what I came up with as being the four best models out there.
Dell XPS 15z - $1,299.00
Dell customer support leaves a lot to be desired, but the computer itself is a gem.
This machine has plenty of power and speed for those that use their computer a lot. It features 8 GB of RAM, 750 GB of hard drive space, and has eight hours of battery life on a single charge. It's also pre-loaded with Windows 8, which if they continue to improve it, will be pretty good in the future.
Apple Macbook Pro - $2,149.99 (you can get it much cheaper)
The best part of Apple's is that they are not as prone to viruses as Windows-based PCs. My little ones love to surf the Internet, but because I can't always be there to monitor them, sometimes they get into some pretty hairy stuff.
As well as the security upgrade, this computer gives you seven hours of battery life on a single charge. And the upgrades you can get turn this machine into a supercomputer. Even without the bells and whistles, you still get a really powerful computer. Plus, with their unique multi-screen view, you can complete several tasks on different screens at the same time.
HP Envy dv6t - $649.99
This is probably the best overall computer for the price. The HP Envy packs quite a punch, and with its special features, it definitely gives exactly what you need. It's got a full HD resolution screen, Beats audio (because music is a must when you're blogging), Windows 8, and seven hours of battery life.
It's also got quite an entertainment package, which allows you to easily incorporate your own videos, music, and pictures into blog posts. It's also got a killer processor, which means you won't be bogged down when you're trying to do a few different things at once.
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga - $1,049.00
The Yoga is a tablet/laptop hybrid that features a 10-point touch screen and full keyboard.
It's got 8 GB RAM, which helps your computer when you're playing Sims and watching a movie at the same time. It runs on Windows 8 and is incredibly light at just 3.1 pounds. This, and everything else in the ultrabook family, are a great way to get a lot of bang for a few bucks.
It's also got Motion Control. Basically, the camera on the machine acts as a input device. This allows you to flip pages if you are reading an e-book, stop or rewind music you're playing, change volume, and complete other simple tasks with your hands.