One of the great things about building your own desktop is that you can configure it exactly how you want it – provided you have the cash – with off the shelf parts. From motherboard and connectivity, to processor and graphics, to the case housing all the components and peripherals.

It's a different story when it comes to laptops. Apart from configuring basic stuff such as storage, memory and a few other things – it varies a lot from manufacturer to manufacturer – your choices are often limited. You have to shop around and find who makes what more closely matches your needs. Ideally, you'll want to find a good balance between performance, features and price, but sometimes you have to compromise.

With that in mind we want to know: when buying a laptop, what do you value the most? Cast your vote in the poll below (up to three choices) and share your thoughts in the comments.