Computer Notebooks

Written by Patricia Skinner
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There are several categories of notebook computers. The main point in having a notebook computer is mobility. Up until now, most owners have been looking for lightweight, fast machines that will support them in connectivity while they are on the road.

There are basically two types of processors that you will want to see in a notebook: Intel Centrino, for thin, light, and utterly mobile solutions, and AMD Athlon for the heavyweights, when you need a little more in terms of performance and speed. This last is perfect for gamers and those who need extensive multimedia options, but be warned that notebooks with AMD Athlon processors are heavier than their Centrino-packing cousins.

Take Your PC on the Road

The latest additions to the class are models that are essentially intended to be PC replacements and you'll find this phrase in the description of the model. These tend to be slightly heavier as notebooks go; around seven pounds and up, even with a Centrino processor. For one of the smaller models, with a smaller screen, expect to carry a weight of four to five pounds. Even if you're not using wireless yet, you probably will be soon, so don't make the mistake of buying an older model without Wi-Fi options.

If you spend a lot of time on the road, pay particular attention to the battery. Even some of the newer models will only give you one-and-a-half to two hours of computing time away from an electricity source. If you shop wisely you should be able to find a model that does at least five to six hours. The other option, if you happen to like the look of a particular model, is to have two batteries working for you.

Choose Carefully

When you choose your notebook you're going to have to make a lot of decisions regarding size of hard drive, size of memory, size of screen, weight, and connectivity just for starters. It can get confusing, and what you don't want to do is hurry yourself through any of the decisions. If you already have a notebook you'll have some idea of what your needs are, but even so, take the time to acquaint yourself with all the new features that are now available, and don't forget that the software you may need could push the final price of your model up.

The last word is notebook security. If your work is at all sensitive, you'll want a security cabinet option. However, this is probably not going to be worth the extra expense if you don't use your notebook much outside your home and office, and if you don't have information stored on it that could be costly to you if it were stolen.

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