Notebook Features To Look Out For

By: Roberto Sedycias

The earlier notebook computers were heavy, expensive and accessible to only a few computer users. But, today`s notebook computers are lightweight and comprise of as many features as the desktop computers. And with the prices really coming crashing down it is feasible for most people to buy a notebook. However, some tips and advice always come in handy while purchasing one and especially so, if you are a first-time buyer.

The first thing to decide is the usage of the notebook as each segment, like that of business, games, graphics, research, movies, communication or basic usage all need slightly different features to be present in that particular device. Once you have zeroed onto your priority, it becomes simpler to look for those particular features and you can narrow down the choices of the notebook computer.

The screen size of the notebook computer varies from 10.4 inches to 17.1 inches but for most notebook users, a 13 inch screen is enough. Those who are mainly interested in gaming or watching movies will want larger screens and the needs of professional graphic designers also will be different from others. People using graphic programs will prefer as large a screen as possible and a graphic card may be added.

The processors and memory RAM also vary from usage to usage and while a 20 gigabyte drive will take care of the requirements of most of the users, gamers will require at least 526 megabytes of RAM. A full giga-byte of RAM or more may be a must for those who open large files or wish to open several files simultaneously.

Although the weight of the notebook computer has come down considerably from its earlier versions, there are still variations to be found in its weight. It is sensible to first ascertain whether you are constantly on the go and always need to carry your notebook with you. If yes, then an ultra light notebook may be the best solution for you.

Ultra light notebooks may be more expensive when compared to their counterparts and also have smaller screens and lesser options but they are infinitely more preferable to lugging around the standard notebook when you are in and out of vehicles or planes or simply walking. The standard notebooks are fine for those who do not have much traveling or commuting to do.

The keyboard of a notebook computer is smaller than those of the regular computers and can require some getting used to. The mouse is also integrated in the center and learning to operate the mouse with your finger can get cumbersome in the initial stages but the problem can be mitigated by buying an external mouse.

A notebook commuter having two ports like USB and Ethernet is preferred as portability and storage capabilities will much enhanced. A wi-fi enabled notebook has become very popular as it enables users to connect anywhere at wireless hotspots like restaurants, airports, hotels etc. The older notebook can be upgraded by buying a wi-fi card. Your notebook should have expansion bays if later on you want to install a CD-ROM or DVD writer. Technology is moving at a very fast pace and if you do not maximize the memory and processor speed now itself, your notebook may not be able to adapt to newer application and software.

Investing in a good although expensive lithium ion battery is worth it as it will last longer than the normal batteries and you do not want your notebook going dead on you in the middle of some important work. So, keeping your eyes open for these features should help you make a sensible purchase.