Computer Manufacturers Ranked: How To Pick A Laptop That Won't Fail

With so many options available, picking the right laptop can prove difficult. How do you know you’ll end up with a reliable model, or one that will last you at least three years without feeling outdated? While you can’t predict the future, you can use information from the past to figure out your best bet before you make your purchase.

How Businesses Need To Change The Way They Purchase PCs

We constantly encounter headlines about how tablets are killing PC sales. That doesn’t mean computers are disappearing from the workplace, but it does mean the way you buy them for business use will change dramatically. Here are some key issues to consider when doing that.

6 Essential Tips For First-Time PC Builders

Building a computer is the best way to get the perfect machine for your needs. We’ve shown you the basic steps before, as well as tips on beefing up your setup, but there are certain things most of us learn after screwing up and wasting a lot of time. Here are a few things you can learn from veterans’ mistakes.

How To Install OS X 10.8.5 On Your Hackintosh

Building a hackintosh — that is, installing Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware — used to require extremely restricted hardware choices and quite a bit of know-how. Now your options are vast and the installation process is fairly simple. With that in mind, this is our complete guide to building a hackintosh that will walk you through purchasing compatible parts, building your machine and installing OS X all on your own.

Ask LH: Is Building A PC Really Cheaper Than Buying One?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m in the market for a new computer. My friend says it’s cheaper to build one myself, but it looks like I can get a cheaper computer from Dell or Asus. I’m not afraid of building, but I’d rather not spend extra if I don’t have to. Which will actually save me money?

When RAM Speed Matters (And How It Affects Your Games)

The hardest part of building a computer is picking your parts, and RAM speed can be a little confusing. Does it actually matter? How does it affect the speed of your PC? Linus from Linus Tech Tips breaks it down for us in video form.

When Did You Get Your First Computer?

In the past, having a computer in your own home was a rarity. These days, computers are much more commonplace, but having one of your very own is still kind of special. When did you get your first?

Top 10 Ways To Beef Up Your Custom-Built PC

Building your own computer is the best way to get the perfect PC for your needs. Want to take your custom build even further? Beef it up with these 10 projects.

Ask LH: What's Up With My Computer Clock?

Dear Lifehacker, I recently bought a new laptop and it cam pre-installed with Windows 8. I’m still coming to grips with the different changes but it’s OK so far. My one major gripe is the clock. My laptop’s clock does not seem to keep time.

What Do You Miss About The Old Days Of Computing?

We have the internet in our pocket, and it runs on a tiny rectangular computer with more power and a higher-resolution screen than anything we could buy 25 years ago. But despite all these powerful machines no larger than a bar of soap, some things were better in the old days. What do you miss?