Selecting a Laptop
Author: Deryck Richards
Small Can Be Beautiful
When purchasing a new
computer, you may be better served by a laptop than a
traditional desktop computer. Recently, laptops with
capabilities similar to desktops can be purchased for a
comparable price. Laptops are convenient because of their small
size and ability to run from a battery. Except for the power
cable to recharge it, a laptop doesn’t have any external wires,
so it won’t be contributing to a cable mess.
looking at laptops, consider how often you will travel with it.
If you plan to travel only infrequently, get a model with a
larger screen and lower price. If you are a digital nomad, you
should be concerned mainly with the laptop size, weight, and
battery life. For maximum portability, get a laptop that weighs
less than 3.5 pounds, has a 12” or smaller display, and a
minumum 4-hour battery life.
Unlike desktops, laptop
computers can be difficult and expensive to upgrade. When you
purchase a laptop, consider that any internal features such as
CD-ROM or hard drive may be difficult to replace. Laptops can be
upgraded externally with USB, FireWire, and the PC Card slot.
Because each of these methods is external, however your laptop
will become less portable if you need to carry around the
external devices. Take One Tablet...
A Tablet PC
is a custom laptop that allows you to write on the screen to
save notes and work with programs. Tablet PCs are typically
smaller than laptops and feature a specialized processor that is
extremely battery-efficient. Some Tablet PCs do not have a
built-in keyboard, but can connect to an external keyboard.
These are ideal for people who use the Tablet PC mode most of
the time and need to use the keyboard occasionally.
you have little need for a portable computer, a "desktop
replacement" may be for you. A desktop replacement looks like a
laptop, but is much larger and priced competitively with
desktops. Whatever kind of laptop fits your lifestyle, gone are
the days when laptops were expensive and less capable than
traditional desktop computers.
About the author:
Deryck Richards is the founder and managing partner of
Desktronix. With an extensive background in computer information
systems, Deryck manages hosting and data center operations for
Desktronix. He also provides system administration and technical
support to small businesses as he has since 2000. For more
information on Deryck Richards and Desktronix, visit desktronix.com.