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Laptop Shopping Guide

Size, Weight, Portability vs. Performance

There are 4 major types of notebook computers: 

Ultra Portables: 4 lbs. or less, 0.5 inches or less thick, 12" inches or less display. Usually no internal CD, DVD or CDRW drive. They are pretty expensive and performance is limited. But it is THE choice for those who travels with the notebook computer a lot.

Light Notebooks: 4-6 lbs, 1" or less thick, 12" - 14" display, 1 swappable internal optical drive. If you travel frequently but still want a notebook with decent features, this might be the choice for you. It has all standard slots, choice of ordinary CPUs, large hard drives, and a display easy to your eyes.

Value Notebooks: 6-8 lbs, 1" or more thick, 14" or larger display, 2 internal drive bay. The cheapest notebooks are in this category. Good for those who would like a portable computer with the price of a desktop.

Desktop Replacements: 7+ lbs, thick and heavy, 15-17" display, 2+ internal drive bay, deluxe CPU, memory options, multimedia connectors. These are the best of notebooks. They can basicly do everything a desktop computer can do, or even do it better. But due to its size and weight, it is not so portable. But if you would like a fast computer to use in a few different locations that are pretty close, this might be the choice for you.

Screen

All notebook computer's displays are LCDs. There are 2 major types of LCD. XGA and TFT.

XGA is short for Extended Graphics Array, a high-resolution graphics standard introduced by IBM in 1990. It allows monitors to be non-interlaced and provides more colors comparing with older technologies.

TFT, Abbreviation of Thin Film Transistor, also known as Active-Matrix LCDs. It provides the best resolution of all the flat-panel techniques but pretty expensive and mostly available in ultra portables.

For size, of course, the larger, the better. But larger screens usually cost more and affect the portability. 14-15" should be enough for common notebook computer users.

There is another factor you may see in display specifications - resolution. LCDs, unlike ordinary CRT monitors, has a native resolution, all other resolutions will look worse. for more LCD information, see our LCD monitor shopping guide.

SXGA: A display with 1280 x 1024 pixel resolution.
XGA: A display with 1024 x 768 pixel resolution.
SVGA: A display with 800 x 600 pixel resolution.
VGA: A display with 640 x 480 pixel resolution. 

WXGA is not only refering to resolution, it means the display is wider and has a 16:10 aspect ratio which is good for DVD view.

WXGA: 1280x800, WSXGA+: 1680x1050, WUXGA 1920x1200.

CPU

Intel Pentium 4 Processor w/ Hyper-Threading Technology: The Hyper-Threading technology allows these blazing fast processors to function more efficiently when running multiple tasks at the same time. This efficient use of processing power can enable users users to work with multiple applications more effectively, so more tasks can be done in less time.

Intel Pentium 4 Processor: solid performance on high-end application users, web-based activities and multitasking-oriented users. It also offers a great value when used in notebooks.

Intel Pentium M Processor: Designed for mobile computing, allowing systems to be thin, light, and have long battery life.

Intel Centrino Mobile Technology: It is a great new set of technologies including the Pentium M processor, Intel 855 Chipset Family, and Intel PRO Wireless Mini-PCI card. With the built-in wireless networking and powersaving ability, it is the ultimate choice for notebook computers.

Mobile Intel Pentium 4 Processor-M: features similar architecture but optimized for battery life and other mobile computing needs so that you can run power intensive components with minimal impact to battery life. It's great for creating digital video, editing digital photos, gaming, delivering multimedia presentations, and desktop publishing.

Intel Pentium III Processor-M: offers dependability and good mobility for ultra thin and light systems. Mobile Intel Pentium III-M products are available in low voltage and ultra low voltage models, for mini- and sub-notebooks, as well as tablet PC platforms.

Intel Celeron: Designed to bring a balanced level of proven technology and value to basic computing use.

Memory, Hard Drive

Choose a larger memory configuration if you have multi-media needs or usually do a lot of task at the same time. 128MB is normal for now.

Choose a larger hard drive if you plan to store DVD movies, lots of digital musics and other multimedia stuff on your notebook computer.

Optical Drives

You can choose from external optical drives, swappable internal optical drive, or fixed optical drive. Options including CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, CD-RW drive (write CDRs), DVD-RW drive (write DVD-R or DVD+R) and DVD/CDRW combo drive.

Network Connections

Almost all notebooks has 56k modem and ethernet connections. Notebooks use Intel Centrino Processors has bulit-in wireless cards and ready for wireless network connections.

You can install PC card, a credit card-shaped device into a slot on your notebook. It can provide a number of connection types--modems, USB connections, and wireless LAN radios. But there are only a couple PC card slots in a notebook computer which limits the use of PC cards, and the sticking-out PC card sometimes cause trouble.

Some notebook comes with (you can also install, but it harder than PC card) mini PCI card. They are smaller and inside notebook, cheaper and free the PC card slots for other uses. But sometimes it takes power from CPUs.

Accessories

The most popular items are external drives, external keyboards, mouse and notebook carrying case.

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