Most everybody I know owns one. There are people who swear by one brand or another. Today, we are going to talk about laptops. I will try to think of the average consumer when I consider laptop features. This means we are not talking about 2000 dollar gaming laptops or Macbook pros. These laptops clearly have better specs than your average laptop, but are out of the price range for most people. In the last five years, I personlly purcahsed two laptops and a netbook. My first laptop broke after only 2.5 years.
The first thing to consider is the screen size. Laptops start at about 12 inches and run up to 17 inches. The most common sizes are 14 and 15 inch notebooks. If you are looking for a new laptop, I would start with these sizes first. Few people have reason to buy a laptop smaller than 14 or larger than 15. You may, however, find you want somthing very portable or very powerful; that is your choice.
Overall, buying a laptop is a personal preference. Make sure you know how you will use it so that you can look for the combination that suits you best.