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PC Laptops & Netbooks

When it comes to choosing a laptop or netbook, the inventory is extensive. You not only want to get the best prices on the market, but you want to pick from new and refurbished HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, Acer, and many other brands. Computing is no longer a thing of the future; it's here now.

Is There a Difference?

What is the difference in a netbook and a PC Laptop? Technically the difference is size and weight. When the portable computer first came on the market, ''laptops'' were larger, had more features, and weighed more than ''netbooks.'' However, thanks to advances in technology, components are now smaller and lighter, and there isn't a real difference between the two terms. 

Operating Systems

One of the first things to look at before you pick what personal computer you want is the operating system. It's what allows the hardware to communicate and operate with the software. Often a computer's OS will fall in more than one of the following types: GUI (Graphical User Interface),   Multi-user, Multiprocessing, multitasking, and multithreading. 

Graphics Card

Do you plan to play games? Watch movies? The installed graphics card is essential for the visual effect you will enjoy while playing video games and watching movies. Since you do not know what the future holds, consider getting a graphics card that is upgradeable.

Memory

How much is enough? When it comes to netbook memory, the rule of thumb is to have more RAM than the minimum requirement of the applications and the OS  you will be using. In fact, it's ideal to have at least the highest recommended requirement. For example, if the minimum RAM required is 8GB and the maximum is 16GB, you will want at least 16GB and if feasible more than 16GB of memory.

Battery Life

If you plan to work on the go, you need to ensure your battery will last long enough to finish the project. Battery life varies from system to system. For those that plan to stay plugged in most of the time, it's not that big of a deal, but for those who want to go cordless, it's a vital feature.    

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