10 Things to check out when Shopping a Laptop
Frequent fliers who need just the essentials while they are on travel.Small Screen sizes – usually 10 or 12 inches.Handy machine.
2. The processor CPU
As fastest as you can afford. A lot of options, so here are the basics.
Core 2, Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 Intel
AMD Turion II Athlon II
3. Screen size
17 inches to 12 and 10 as per need
4. Memory RAM
Having enough memory is vital to system performance, and lots of RAM lets you run more applications simultaneously. 4GB is good enough RAM for normal use.
5. Typing and mousing
Pay particular attention to the spacebar, Shift, Ctrl, and Backspace/Delete keys. Be sure all are in a good location for your hand size and typing style.
Computing today relies a lot on mousing. Some touch pads include extra features, such as a dedicated area for scrolling.
6. Vying for video RAM
If you are aiming for a graphics chipset that shares at least 8GB of system memory.
7. A slot for all reasons
Expansion opportunities must be there . Additional USB and FireWire ports, wired and wireless modems, and wireless LAN radios are all available in PC Card form.
8. Get connected
Especially USB and FireWire, digital camcorder or iPod with your notebookVGA port for monitor and print option. And if you want to output video to a television, find a notebook with an S-Video out.
9. Go wireless
Integrated wireless networking (Wi-Fi) has become an indispensable feature. Blue tooth.
10. Power on the go
Lithium-ion batteries have all but replaced nickel-cadmiums because they’re lighter, have a higher energy density, and don’t suffer from recharge-inhibiting memory effect.
Look out for battery capacity (measured in milliamp hours, or mAh), and the number of cells. Typical batteries have a mAh rating between 2,000mAh and 6,000mAh; higher is better.