Knowing your laptop’s model is more important to you than you think. Say you want to upgrade your RAM, you would need to know which ones are compatible with your model. If you want to get some spare parts to get it fixed, you need to know this information.
You can identify your laptop in many ways, depending on what you want to do with this information. So how can you find this information? Follow this guide to find out how you can identify your laptop’s model easily.
Check the Bottom of Your Laptop
In most cases, at the bottom of the laptop, you will find the model name and the product number of your laptop written on the bottom label. So, go ahead and flip over your laptop and write down the model or product number. In some laptops, the model may be engraved on the bottom casing. If your laptop is old, the label may have been scratched off or detached. If that is the case, then you can look into other methods described in this guide.
If you have a laptop without an identifying label on the bottom, don’t worry, we got you covered. If your laptop has a removable battery, turn it off. Slide the latches over to open the battery compartment, and then look inside the compartment for your laptop’s model name or number. If your laptop has a built-in battery, please follow the correct instructions on opening your laptop.
Check out the Top of your Keyboard
Now that I think about it, isn’t it obvious? The most accessible place to find the model of your laptop is on the palm rest of the keyboard. The model may be etched on the palm rest or written on a sticker.
However, in some laptop brands, the model may be etched on the keyboard bezel of the laptop.
It is important to note that not all laptops have a laptop model indicated on top of the keyboard.
Run a Product Checker
You need the identifying information of your laptop when interacting with a certain laptop manufacturer’s support, for example, HP. To find your laptop model, you can head to your laptop manufacturer’s support website, where the support will automatically run a check on your laptop or you will have to enter the serial number or productID of your laptop.
Some laptop brands, like HP, come with their Support Assistant pre-installed or can be installed after downloading from their support websites. After installing the Support Assistant, you can open it, select your laptop, and view your laptop information/model.
Identify Using Windows 10 System Information
The System Information tool provides exhaustive details about your laptop. While many laptop manufacturers usually attach labels or provide tools that can be used to find the model and other specifications of your laptop. You can use the Windows 10 System Information tool to easily find your laptop’s model alongside other tools like Command Prompt and PowerShell.
To find the model of your laptop using System Information, use the following steps:
- Click the Windows icon on the bottom left of your laptop screen.
- Type in “System Information” and hit Enter. Alternatively, if you are a computer nerd, you’ve probably heard of “msinfo32.” You can type in “msinfo32” and hit Enter.
- A System Information window will appear. You can confirm the model of your laptop under “System Model.”
Note: This method can also work in Windows 7, 8, or 8.1.
Locating your MacBook Model Number
MacBook provides several ways of checking the model number ranging from simpler options like checking for the serial number on the surface or underside of your MacBook or the original packaging material, invoice, and receipt. You can then enter your MacBook serial number on the Apple checkcoverage.apple.com webpage to find your laptop model number.
About This Mac
The commonly used tool for identifying your MacBook model is About This Mac, which is supposedly super easy.
Click on the Apple icon on the top left corner of your screen and choose About This Mac. You should see Overview information of your MacBook, in this case, your MacBook OS version, model name, and serial number.
To find your model number, highlight and copy your serial number. Then, go to the website EveryMac.com/ultimate-mac-lookup. On the website, paste your serial number in the Enter Mac or Apple Device Identifier search engine and click Lookup. You should see the information about your MacBook model and the model number.
System Information app
You can launch the System Information app from the About This Mac window by clicking on System Report or from the Utility folder in the Finder. On opening, you will see the Hardware Overview details of your MacBook. Copy the serial number and follow the procedure as described above.
How to Check Your Laptop’s Specs
When purchasing a new laptop, often, the first thing that crosses our mind is, “What are the specs?” These specs majorly include the processor speed, RAM, storage, and graphics card, if you’re a gamer.
Generally, the type of specs you choose is dependent on what you’re going to do with the laptop. Understanding your laptop specs will help you make the right decision when upgrading or purchasing new specs for your laptop. If you find it difficult to check your laptop specs, we will take you through more straightforward steps in this guide.
Finding your CPU
You can find your CPU by following these simple steps:
- Press the Windows button on your keyboard.
- Search for “About Your PC” in the search box.
- You should now see your “Device Specifications” on the About page. The CPU of your laptop will be shown as “Processor.”
Another way of finding your CPU is by using the System Information tool. After clicking the Windows Start button, search for “System Information”. Under “System Summary” in the System Information window, you will see the description of your Processor alongside other detailed specifications of your laptop.
Checking How much RAM You Have
While checking for your laptop’s CPU, under System Summary in the System Information window, you can check how much “Installed RAM” you have. Easy-peasy, right?
RAM is the short form for Random Access Memory. It represents the memory that is available to your computer. More RAM means you can run more applications at once.
Checking Your Motherboard
To check your motherboard, you can follow these steps.
Using Command Prompt
If you’re familiar with Command Prompt, you can search for “cmd” in the Windows Search Bar or Start button. A command prompt window will pop up. There, copy and paste the following code:
wmic baseboard get product, manufacturer, version, serialnumber
This will give you information about your motherboard model and manufacturer.
Using System Information
In the Windows Search Bar, search for system information. Under System Summary, you will find the information about Baseboard Product (motherboard model number), Baseboard manufacturer, and Baseboard Version.
Another way to find information about your motherboard is by opening up your laptop and looking for the model number manufacturer of your motherboard itself. This method can be pretty hectic.
Checking Your GPU
When it comes to gaming or using graphics-intensive programs, your GPU is the most important component. In this guide, we’re going to find out how to check your GPU on your laptop. That way, you will know if your GPU is where it needs to be. To check your GPU,
- Click on the Windows Start button and search for “Device Manager”
- A “Device Manager” window will appear. Then, click on the arrow next to “Display adapters.”
- A drop-down menu will be displayed, showing you the details of your laptop’s GPU.
Note that there are tools you can use to check your GPU on Windows 10. The first one is DirectX Diagnostic tool which can be opened using the Run Command. After clicking on the Start button, search and open the Run tool, type in “dxdiag” in the Run window, and hit Enter. A DirectX Diagnostic tool window will pop up. From there, click the Display tab. You will see some basic details about your GPU, like the name, manufacturer, chip type, and so on. However, this tool provides basic information about your GPU.
To better understand your GPU, you can also use a Windows 10 tool called GPU-Z. After you’ve installed and opened GPU-Z, you should see some more details about GPU specs.
At this point, I think I can make a wild guess that you now know how to find the model name of your laptop and its specs. Try to understand your laptop model and specs before purchasing or upgrading certain components in your laptop.
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