You might want to check the model and specifications of your laptop for several reasons. Your old laptop may be compared to the one you intend to upgrade to. Your laptop’s specs might be compared to the requirements of a video game to see if you can run it. No matter why you want to know a laptop’s model number and specs, you can usually find them fairly easily.
We’ll walk you through a few quick steps to figure out your model number and specs in this guide.
How to figure out your laptop’s model number
You can find information on troubleshooting your laptop by looking at its model number. In most cases, you can easily find your laptop’s model number.
- Turn your laptop upside-down. There is a small logo and text at the bottom of your computer. This is usually where you can find the model of your laptop. Occasionally, the model and brand are listed together (for example, “Acer Aspire 5517”), while other times the brand and model number are listed separately.
This information is not always found on the bottom of all laptops. The model number of a laptop can sometimes be found by removing the bottom panel. In these cases, however, it’s often easier to find your model in the Control Panel.
- You can find the control panel at the bottom of your screen if you type “control panel” into the search bar. The Control Panel app will appear in the search results.
- The first option should be “System and Security.”
- Then click the “System” link.
- Information about your computer will appear. You can find the brand and model of most computers here.
How to Check Your Laptop’s Specs
There is an alternative way to obtain the specs of your computer if you only need to know what CPU, GPU, or how much RAM it has.
How to Find Your CPU
In Windows 10, it is very straightforward to find out what processor you have.
- Just right-click the Windows button in the lower-left corner. You will see a list of options.
- In the middle section, click “System.”
- Now you should be on the “About” page. Approximately half-way down, you’ll see a section called “Device Specifications.” Your laptop’s CPU will appear next to “processor” in this section.
- On the “Device Specifications” page, you can also see your RAM size.
Taking a Look at Your Motherboard
Laptop motherboards are rarely something you need to check. You can take a few simple steps if you ever need to, no matter what the reason.
- At the bottom of your screen, you will find a search bar that says “system information”.
- You’ll find an app called “system information” in the results. Press it
- You’ll be presented with a long list of details. You’ll find a piece of information called “Base Board Manufacturer” near the bottom. This is your motherboard’s brand. A few lines down, you’ll see “Base Board Model,” or “Base Board Product,” which is the model number of your motherboard.
- In addition to finding out what CPU and GPU you have, the System Information panel will also tell you how much memory you have installed.
In order to play games, your GPU is essential. If you’re comparing your laptop to another model, or if you’re checking whether your laptop meets the requirements of a game, you’ll need to know what kind of GPU your laptop has. To find it, follow these steps:
- The icon of Windows can be found in the lower left corner of the screen. Right-click the icon. An options menu will appear.
- Click “Device Manager.”
- Now you will see a list of drop-down menus. The app displays the names of all the devices on your computer as well as those connected via USB and Bluetooth.
- Click on the “Display Adaptors” menu near the top of the page.
- The GPU will be listed here. There might be two options-one for your standalone GPU and one for the integrated graphics built into your CPU. Note the standalone GPU if there are two options.
Checking the Amount of RAM You Have
Most of the methods listed above will also tell you how much RAM your laptop has. However, you can also check your system’s RAM by following the instructions below:
- Right-click the Windows start button at the bottom of the screen.
- Click on the “system” option.
- The “about” page will appear. There is a section titled “Device specifications” where the amount of RAM you have is listed. It’s usually referred to as “installed RAM.”
Is it Possible to Upgrade Your Laptop?
You may want to upgrade your laptop’s components after reviewing its specifications. On the other hand, unlike desktop PCs, laptops do not allow you to upgrade the core components.
Usually, upgrading the RAM and storage in a laptop is pretty straightforward. In addition, external GPUs offer the potential to boost the graphics processing power.
If you have an older laptop that cannot run your favorite games, it will require more than just additional memory and an upgrade to an SSD. In that case, you’d probably benefit from upgrading to a new laptop. (Read our guide to the best gaming laptops under $1,000.)