What is the main purpose of buying a laptop? Are you a professional that desires a lightweight alternative to the desktop PC? Do you travel and lugging around a heavy laptop with luggage is becoming unbearable? What about a student that needs to take notes in class or needs a convenient portable option for group projects? Or the Mom that would like to look up recipes and keep in touch with other moms but needs her counter space?
Most laptop computers have a wide range of sizes and features. A mini-notebook is exceptionally light, weighing an average of 2.5 pounds. Most mini screens are between 7 and 10 inches and have a battery that lasts only 2 to 3 hours, though upgraded batteries are available. The mini has limited functions and a small keyboard. It is best for someone who needs only to surf the internet, send and receive email and take notes. Mini-notebooks are relatively inexpensive. They are a great secondary computer for quick easy outings when getting back to the primary computer is not a problem.
Other small laptops that have more full feature functions are best if a primary computer is the desire. Weighing between 5 and 9 pounds, laptops are a great option and a popular choice in place of bulky desktop computers. Daily tasks such as word processing, web searching and photo editing are basic features available on most laptops. The key features to consider when shopping are screen size, hard drive, memory, processor speed, optical drive and wireless network capability. Screens range from 12 to 18 inches and the choice will depend on the sacrifice of a small screen for portability or the need for a larger screen due to eyesight and possible eyestrain. How much is going to be stored on the laptop? If it is the primary computer an adequate hard drive and memory are needed or an external unit may be necessary. Is entertainment, gaming and multimedia a must have? An optical drive is best if the computer will be used to watch movies or TV. For gamers, a computer with exceptional graphics, peripheral ports and adequate memory will be necessary. With Wi-Fi hot spots in most public venues, wireless network capabilities are a must.
Laptop computers are a great option for power, performance and portability. Choosing the right one is key to overall satisfaction. It is best to research options and know what your needs are before you buy.