The most important reason people buy a notebook is for portability. This is something that you can take it anywhere. If you travel frequently in your work, you need a notebook. If you are a student going back and forth to the university, you need a notebook. If you are journalist traveling the world and submitting articles, you need a notebook. And notebooks today can be as powerful as most desktops with dual processors, large capacity internal drives, and other interesting features. But which one is right for you? How do you determine what type of notebook will suit your current needs plus allow you to expand for the future? And the first part of the answer to the question which one is right for you leads to half-answer: “It depends.” It depends on what you would do with a computer. Are you going to use it for work or recreation? Is it something needed for your profession or your hobby? Do you play many games? What level of internet access do you need? It is also important to remember that unlike desktop models, notebook computers can not be upgraded easily. In fact, they usually do not have an upgrade path so you should take the time to get what you need in terms of features and performance. One characteristic of a notebook computer that should be considered is the size of the screen. If you need to be able to have a lot of landscape for projects you are working on then consider a wider screen. Screen size can typically range from 10.4 inches to 17.1 inches. If you do a lot of work on a plane in economy class, you might be better with a smaller screen size (due to leaning on your front seatbacks). Also a smaller notebook is just easier and lighter to carry around. Some who do presentations with their notebook computers will benefit from larger screen sizes such as those using the new WXGA technology. WXGA notebook screens can achieve resolutions up to 1366 x 768 pixels. Battery in your notebook computer is very important as well. If you move around quite a bit, you might want to consider buying a notebook with a battery that is not only durable (most go 2-3 hours), but also one where buying a spare battery is not too expensive. One very inexpensive solution to the problem of batteries is to buy an external universal battery that can last up to 3-4 hours. Other features you need to consider when buying a notebook is internet connectivity. You will find that a popular way for people to work today with wifi-enabled notebook at a wireless hotspot (such as in coffee shops, restaurants, libraries and airports). If you buy an older used notebook, you should probably get an additional wifi-card if you want to have the mobile connectivity provided by this technology. Also, you’ll find that most hotels now offer high speed internet access, but usually through a wifi connection. And lastly, you need to consider what other options you want for your notebook computer. Do you want a CD writer or will you need to record a DVD? Do you need premium sound? How much of your hard disk that you need? When it comes to disk space, CD / DVD writers, sound card, memory, and processor speed, it’s best to get it now as opposed to later. Here’s why: an upgrade path for most laptops and notebooks are not too long. This is because the notebook may be replaced every 2-3 years. They quickly became just as disposed of as a set of tires for your car. And if you do not maximize on memory and processor speed, your notebook may not able run efficiently the new application and game software. The more your notebook is adaptable to software upgrades, the longer will be an effective tool for you.

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