Sunday, December 24, 2006

10 points to consider while buying Notebook

  • Processor : Pantium M performs better then other processors, it has all fetures of pantium4 additionally this gives longer battery life. AMD's Athlon Turion 64 is another process which is worth to consider.
  • Memory : I would prefer at least 512MB RAM. Many notebooks are now available with 1GB of RAM. Buying up to 1GB of RAM at the same time you purchase your notebook will help extend its useful lifetime.
  • Graphics memory: I preffer 64 MB or 128 MB of VRAM.
  • Screen: Notebook screens continue to get bigger. Now-a-days wide screens are more popular.
  • BaterryLife: In my opinion, this very important factor. Notebook battery life took a step forward with the introduction of the Pentium M. With that processor average battery time of different models is 3.5 hours. Some of them can run upto 7 hrs.
  • Keyboard and pointing device: It is better to try the keyboards before buying. Thin-and-light notebooks usually have smaller-than-average keys spaced more closely than on a desktop-replacement model. if you have a preference, look for manufacturers that use your preferred pointing device on the majority of their products.
  • Optical and other drives: Most manufacturers offer notebooks with rewritable DVD drives. If you really need floppy drive, better to buy external one.

Many laptops offer the optical drive as a modular device, so you can swap it out for a second hard drive or a second battery.

  • Hard Drive: Now days most of the software taking lots of hard disk. S, its better to take bigger hard disk. I would go for 120GB.
  • Weight and bay design: Generally range of weight is 8 to 10 pounds. Also check the weight of the AC adapter. And if there any other external module.
  • Communications: Few notebooks come with a full set of legacy ports anymore. Serial ports are rare, and PS/2 ports (for a mouse or keyboard) and infrared ports are going the way of the dodo, as well. Most notebooks still have a parallel port and one PC Card slot. Two USB 2.0 is default. A majority of notebooks include a FireWire (IEEE 1394) port for connecting an external drive, an MP3 player, or a digital-video camcorder. A smattering of notebooks now include built in wireless broadband wide-area networking.

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