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What You Should Know about Laptops and Netbooks with the Windows 7 Operating System

Whether you are purchasing from HP, Lenovo, Dell, Asus, or other major hardware companies, laptop and netbook computers offer convenience, portability, and power for users who are constantly on the go. These particular laptops run on the Windows 7 operating system.

What is the purpose of a netbook?

Like a ThinkPad, a netbook is a small, lightweight, highly portable laptop computer which has been optimized for power efficiency. It is designed to handle basic computing tasks and network functions such as web-browsing, email, photo editing, and word processing. The computer typically features a low-power Intel or AMD processor to facilitate basic tasks. As a cheaper and less powerful alternative to a full-sized laptop, it is sometimes used in education and small business settings and can easily be found on eBay. Different brands like Dell, Lenovo, and HP manufacture these netbooks.

What is the typical laptop or netbook screen size?

Similar to notebook computers, laptops can range in size of up to 17 inches or more. The typical netbook has a diagonal screen size of approximately seven inches, although it can range in size anywhere between five inches and as much as 12 inches. To reduce the size of the netbook, the manufacturer typically omits features such as the optical disk drive and the number pad on the keyboard.

Are laptops equipped with a hard drive or solid-state drive?

Many laptop models using Windows 7 do contain hard drives. However, because of their relative convenience, most have adopted solid-state drives instead. The difference between a hard drive and a solid-state drive is that the latter is made up of purely electronic parts, rather than the mechanical parts of the former. Hard drives can typically store more data. However, netbooks with Windows 7 tend to have smaller storage capacities and so do not benefit from the larger storage space of a hard drive. Affordable laptops and netbooks using Windows 7 are available on eBay.

What are some features of Windows 7?

Windows 7 now has the following features and changes. These features take into account the numerous patches and the major upgrades it has received since its launch in July of 2009.

  • The ability to pin applications to the taskbar
  • The ability to view and interact with thumbnail previews of open applications in the taskbar
  • The ability to aggregate files from multiple folders into a single library
  • The introduction of Windows Action Center, which provides security and maintenance alerts
  • The Snap feature to drag windows to the side of the screen to "snap" them into place
  • Support for virtual hard drives and touch-screen features
  • New versions of Windows Media Center, Internet Explorer, and other Microsoft programs
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