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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.
All notebook computer's displays are LCDs. There are 2 major types of LCD. XGA
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Almost all notebooks has 56k modem and ethernet connections. Notebooks use
Intel Centrino Processors has bulit-in wireless cards and ready for wireless
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.
The most popular items are external drives, external keyboards, mouse and
notebook carrying case.
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