How do I check my laptop’s model & specs?
Identification of the correct laptop model, series, series number, screen resolution, and screen size is important to find the proper part for your laptop. When you open your laptop, it will typically display the laptop series more prominently. The logo will usually be located on the top cover, the keyboard area, or the display panel. Nevertheless, model numbers on laptops can sometimes be difficult to locate. You can get help identifying your model and series by selecting the manufacturer of your laptop from the options below. Some manufacturers have both an item number and a serial number, which means that you will need both of these numbers to locate your part. The manufacturer may only require identifying the model series.
You’ll learn in this guide how to discover what kind of laptop you’re using, and what hardware’s inside of it.
Checking your laptop’s model and specs might be necessary for several reasons. Your old laptop might be compared to the one you would like to upgrade to. Maybe you’re looking to see if your laptop’s specs meet the requirements for a specific video game. Whatever the reason for doing so, it is relatively easy to locate the model and specifications of a laptop.
We take you to step by step through the process of finding your model number and specifications.
Finding Your Laptop’s Model Number
Your laptop’s model number may help you identify its specifications and locate troubleshooting information.
Thankfully, in most cases, you can locate the model number easily.
- Your laptop should be flipped upside-down. In the lower part of your computer, you will see a logo along with little text. The model of your laptop is usually found in the upper left-hand corner of the computer. The brand and model number can sometimes be listed together, while other times the brand and model number might be separate.
The bottom of some laptops does not have the information. Checking the model number of a laptop may require removing the bottom panel. In such cases, the model can usually be found in the Control Panel.
- Search for the control panel in the search box at the bottom of your screen.
- Choose the Control Panel app from the search results.
- Choose the first option in the drop-down box, “System and Security.”
- Click on “System”.
- Then this will bring up computer information. This is usually the manufacturer and model for many computers.
Locating your HP Model Number
A Service Tag should appear on the bottom of your Notebook PC like the image below.
- It is not very useful to ask about your laptop’s Parts by using the product name because it usually refers to a brand, not a series or a model. The Parts should NOT be found using this information.
- Ignore the #ABA at the end of the model name, this is the correct identifier for your laptop.
- Select the correct series for your laptop, and then select one of the valid models.
Locating Your Sony Model Number
For laptops released in 2010 or later:
On the bottom of the laptop is listed a model number called Product name. In this case, it can be seen here.
For laptops released after 2009:
Note 1: On configured-to-order laptops, the full model number can be found on a sticker beneath the computer.
Note 2: You can find the full model number of your laptop by using one of the following methods. If your laptop was not customized:
- All Programs can be found by clicking the Start button.
- Select the VAIO Care folder from the All Programs folder.
- VAIO Care can be accessed by clicking here.
- The VAIO Care window displays the model number.
- Click (My) Computer under the Start Menu.
- Next, click Windows. Then click Local Disc C:.
- Select Model.txt from the list of files.
- This file will list the model number (VGN-FW550F, for example).
Note: Usually a blank file indicates that there is a similar file. If that is the case, open it.
For laptops from Spring 2000 to Fall 2000:
A small label around the computer screen displays the model number. (VGN-FW550F)
For laptops released before Summer 2000:
Computer information and compliance labels are found on the bottom of laptop cases and indicate actual model numbers (e.g., PCG-N505VX).
Locating your Acer Series Number
Your Acer Notebook’s model number can be found on the Service Tag located on the bottom of your Laptop. It should look like the picture below.
Locating the part number for your Dell notebook
On the Service Tag of your laptop, you will find the Dell Notebook part number. The Service Tag can be viewed below.
Locating your Toshiba Notebook Part Number
As seen below, the model and serial number is located on the bottom case of the Laptops either printed as a sticker or etched as a laser.
The TOSHIBA Product Information utility is also available for download. To obtain your model and serial number from your product, download the TOSHIBA Product Information utility by clicking here then saving it to your hard drive.
Locating your ASUS Notebook Part Number
Please flip the notebook over so that the “MODEL” section is facing upward. Please disregard the second, third letter in the “MODEL” section.
Locating your Gateway Notebook Part Number
Gateway model/series numbers are usually on the bottom of the laptop, or sometimes on the lower right hand side of the LCD Screen. No matter where you locate them, they are in plain sight.
Locating your Lenovo Thinkpad Part Number
You will find the product name on your machine’s LCD Bezel.
This can be located beneath the battery or below the bottom of the machine. It can be located right next to this below the serial number.
Locating your Macbook Pro Model Number
Apple MacBook Pro models can be identified by models identifiers, model numbers, or configuration
To identify your MacBook Pro model, match your number to the table below.
An identifier for the model
Look at the System Report to find your model number:
- In the upper-left corner of your screen, click the Apple menu () to access About This Mac.
- Please click System Report.
In the Hardware Overview, the model identifier is listed.
Configuration details or model details
It’s possible to locate the MacBook Pro’s model number from the box or receipt if you still have it.
The second character before the slash (/) varies from country to country, but the part number remains the same regardless of the country. There are two variables listed in the following table: screen size and processor speed. The configuration is listed as RAM size, hard drive size, and the optical drive type (when present).
Checking Your Laptop’s Specs
There are other ways to determine what CPU, GPU or RAM your computer has if you just need to know these specs.
Finding Your CPU
In Windows 10, it is very straightforward to find out your processor model.
- You can open a menu by right-clicking the Windows button in the upper-left corner.
- Under the middle section, you can find “System.”
- Near the bottom of the page, in “Device Specifications,” you should find the CPU your laptop has. It can be found next to the word “processor” here.
- Also, you can track your RAM size in the “Device Specifications” section.
Checking Your Motherboard
There will rarely be a need for you to know what kind of motherboard your laptop has. However, if you do, there is something that you can do in a few simple steps.
- You can find system statistics by typing “system info” into your browser’s search bar.
- Click on the “system information” app that shows up in the search results.
- An extensive list of information will appear. You’ll find the model number of your motherboard at the very bottom, which corresponds to the brand of the motherboard. Directly below that, you will find “Motherboard Model”, or “Motherboard Product” which will be your motherboard model number.
- To find out what CPU and GPU you have installed, along with how much memory you have, you can also use the System Information panel.
Checking Your GPU
Having a good GPU is essential for gaming. No matter if you’re assessing whether your laptop meets the criteria for a certain game, or you’re comparing it to another, you have to know what kind of GPU you have. You can find it here:
- Right-click the Windows icon on the bottom left; this will show you a few options.
- Click on the “Device Manager.”
- Now you’ll find a list of drop-down menus that contains a list of all of your devices on your computer, as well as any others that are connected through USBs or Bluetooth.
- You’ll see a menu that says “Display Adaptors” near the top. Click on it.
- This menu will mention your GPU, but there might be two options for it; one is the standalone GPU and another is the integrated GPU that comes on your CPU. If there are dual options, the standalone GPU should be on the top of the list.
Checking How Much RAM You Have
The methods mentioned above will also help you find out how much RAM your system has. However, you can also use a method other than those listed above for finding out how much RAM you have:
- Start by right-clicking on the bottom button on your computer screen.
- Choose the system option from the drop-down menu that appears.
- Your computer will now be on the “about” page. On the left side of that page, you’ll see “Device Specifications” with your RAM’s number. Typically, this is listed as “installed RAM.”
Can You Upgrade Your Laptop?
If you check the specifications of your laptop, you might want to upgrade its components. However, unlike desktops, laptops do not have the capability to be upgraded easily.