111 Tips for Laptop  

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In Internet, you cannot find too many websites and blogs about laptop. However, the number of laptop users is increasing rapidly. After doing some search in Internet, I have compiled here a list 111 tips from different websites and blogs on laptop. I have just stated the title of a tip or have given first few words (in the absence of a title) of the tips from the articles used here. So, if you want to know about the tips in details, you should follow the links and visit the websites and blogs.
These tips are really useful and they have come often from the experts. So, if you are a laptop user or if you are thinking of buying a laptop then I would recommend you to spend some hours of your life and read all the tips in detail.

1- 8 tips from Lifehacker :
1. Extend your battery life
2. Save your keyboard and screen
3. Keep it cool
4. Work offline
5. Secure your data
6. Carry it well
7. Back up when you get home
8. Pack some helpful extras

2- Top 10 Cold Weather Tips for Laptops from Mobile Office Tech of About.com :
9. Ruggedized Laptops
10. Careful Storage
11. Let It Warm Up
12. Incorrect Warming Methods
13. Laptop Warmers
14. Excessive Heat Build-Up
15. Protecting Your Display
16. Stay Out of the Cold
17. Change Power Settings
18. Don't Get Creative

3- Top 8 Airline Travel Tips When Traveling with Your Laptop from Mobile Office Tech of About.com :
19. Carry your Laptop or Pack It Away?
20. Visual Inspection (Hand checking)
21. Should You X-Ray Your Laptop?
22. Carry Proper Documents
23. Keep a Low Profile
24. Don't Let Your Laptop Out of Sight
25. Fact or Fiction - The Airport Laptop Scam
26. Keep Your Laptop Case Locked

4- 3 Laptop Tips from overclockers
27. Always try to fork out the extra dough for an extended warrantee
28. Buy a laptop cooler (This is especially true for those with the desktop replacement types.)
29. Get some sort of padded carrying pack for the laptop.

5- 19 Laptop Tips from 5starsupport :
30. Make sure that you always use a surge protector
31. Don't get into a habit of leaving your laptop on the floor
32. Never leave your laptop in a cold environment.
33. Never keep your paperwork between the screen and keypad
34. Avoid placing your laptop on soft surfaces
35. be sure to purchase a good quality carrying case for your laptop's protection
36. Never drink liquids when working with your laptop
37. Never work on your own laptop unless you are a qualified professional

Laptop travel tips:
38. Make sure that you are familiar with your laptop before you depart on a trip
39. Carry your laptop in a bag designed for laptop computers
40. In hotel rooms, many of the devices (alarm clock, hair drier, television etc.) contain magnets that can damage your data
41. Use extra caution when drinking anything near your laptop computer
42. Never check your laptop computer as luggage on an airline, bus, etc
43. The x-ray machines at the airports will not damage your computer or your media
44. On long trans-Pacific flights, ask to be seated at an emergency exit because there is a 110 Volt/AC outlet right in front of each exit door in the outside wall of Boeing 747s where you can plug in
45. If you use a PC card modem, (1) always carry one as a spare even if your laptop has an internal modem, and (2) either use one with an X-jack connector or bring an extra dongle
46. Take your purchase receipt along if you're traveling to a foreign country
47. Make sure you know the power type and the plug type requirements for the country you are traveling to
48. Charge all your batteries before you leave on a trip

6- 9 Laptop battery tips for power users from HowToBuyALaptop :

49. Save battery power by minimizing use of the CD drive, and particularly the DVD drive
50. Turn the monitor down to lowest brightness level, and turn off screensavers
51. Turn off the Wireless port when you're not using wireless connectivity
52. Remove all PC cards from their slots when not in use
53. Use your laptop's built-in power management system and select low-power mode
54. Carry a spare battery and keep it charged overnight
55. Preserve battery life by allowing your battery to fully drain before you recharge it
56. Suspend' rather than reboot if you're only taking a short break
57. Take advantage of drive time by recharging your laptop battery in your car

7- 15 Laptop computer security advice from HowToBuyALaptop :
58. Make a note of your laptop's serial number and store it in a safe place.
59. Use Robo Form to store your passwords securely.
60. Keep your laptop well away from magnetic sources like television sets.
61. Backup your work every day when you're on the road.
62. Backup to floppy disk or CD and keep separate from laptop equipment.
63. Consider buying (or upgrading to) Windows XP Professional, which has built-in data encryption.
64. Use a security cable lock (fits into the laptop's keyhole) and fix it to something sturdy and immovable anytime you're not with your laptop.
65. If you have to sleep somewhere public like an airport lounge then secure your laptop to your seat via your security cable before you nod off.
66. Use the secure cable lock around your home and office too.
67. Pack your laptop into a sports bag or ordinary briefcase, instead of the standard laptop case.
68. Exercise extreme caution in the security section at airports, where many laptops get stolen.
69. Don't carry your laptop through the "human" metal detector as these can damage computer data.
70. Stay in physical contact with your laptop at all times, particularly in crowded places.
71. When you're not in your hotel room, ask to have your laptop locked in the hotel's safe.
72. Never leave a laptop / case on view in a locked car.

8- 9 Laptop Tips from 714 Laptop :
73. Thermal dissipation - Laptop cooling
74. Battery charge - Laptop autonomy
75. Security - Laptop tracking
76. Viruses
77. Windows Updates
78. Carrying
79. Shocks
80. Humidity
81. Dust

9- 9 Laptop Repair Tips from laptopmedic :
82. Do Not Download FREE Software / Music.
83. Always keep Laptops off floor.
84. Always use a surge protector.
85. Don't keep paper work in between screen and keypad.
86. Never leave your laptop in a cold environment.
87. Don't place your laptop on soft surfaces.
88. Don't drop it while your carrying it.
89. Never drink coffee or any liquid around your laptop.
90. Lastly never try to fix your laptop yourself.

10- 5 Tips to buy laptop from Tips To Buy Laptop/ Tips Membeli Laptop :

91. Portability
92. Expense
93. Speed
94. Upgradeability
95. Serious Gaming

11- 16 laptop Tips to protect your health from working-well :
96. Attach an external mouse and keyboard whenever possible.
97. Keep the keyboard and mouse at the edge of the worksurface that is set 1" below or equal to your sitting elbow height.
98. Move the laptop close enough so you do not hold your head forward to see what is on the screen.
99. Raise the laptop so the top of the screen is at your straight-ahead vision.
100. Sit back in the chair and keep your head directly over your shoulders.
101. Do not lean on the worksurface while typing; keep your elbows in line with your shoulders, hanging loosely at your sides.
102. Never drop your wrists on the "wristrest" of the laptop.
103. Use keyboard commands whenever possible.
104. Avoid reflective lighting.
105. Keep screen clean at all times.

When traveling (with a laptop):

106. Refrain from packing non-essential items or extra gadgets.
107. Avoid working on the hotel bed or at a high table.
108. Use a small pillow to support your lower back in the car/on the plane.
109. Carry the laptop in a backpack instead of a shoulder or handbag.
110. If you must use the laptop without external devices and monitor stand, it is best used in your lap (as it was designed!) or on a worksurface no higher than 27".
111. Support your feet with a portable footrest.

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AMD CPU for Netbooks Coming by the End of 2008  

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DigiTimes reports that AMD has recently notified its partners it is developing a processor which will compete against Intel Atom and Via Nano CPUs in the low-cost PC market.

AMD’s new chips are expected to be launched by the end of 2008, while netbooks based on these CPUs will begin shipping in the first half of 2009, according to DigiTimes’ sources at PC makers.

“AMD’s low-cost PC processor will be based on the company’s previous-generation K8 architecture and will support 64-bit instructions. The CPUs will be a single-core model with a frequency of 1.2GHz and will be manufactured on the company’s 65nm process,” DigiTimes says adding that the company has started negotiating with MSI, HP, Acer and vendors in China to win orders.

The CPU is going to be priced slightly lower than the Intel Atom, reportedly.

Eeepcnews.de earlier published information on an 1GHz AMD processor, which is possibly designed for use in low-cost ultraportable laptops.

Dell’s 8.9″ E, 12.1″ E Slim Coming in August/September  

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Dell is going to release the E 8.9-inch low-cost netbook and E Slim 12.1-inch ultraportable, according to leaked documents at Engadget.

“Dell’s breaking the Dell E into two device types, a 8.9-inch model clearly meant to take on the Eee 900, and the 12.1-inch “E Slim” which actually looks positioned to take on the MacBook Air and X300, at a mere 0.8-inches thick, though perhaps in a lower-end capacity. Even the 8.9-inch model will have some distinctions, with E Classic model for super low-end use, and E Video and E Video+ for more RAM, larger flash storage, webcams and Bluetooth in the + model,” the report says.

These small notebooks run Windows XP and Linux operating systems, and feature an instant-on OS, called BlackTop, for checking emails, calendar, contacts etc.

The Dell E and Dell E Slim will hit the market in August and August/September, respectively. In October, the laptops will get mobile broadband connectivity. WiMAX support is also expected later.

Dell E is claimed to start at $299.

Windows Vista Too Slow? ReadyBoost Can Help  

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Have a Windows Vista preloaded on your laptop, but the system is too slow? If you have Windows ReadyBoost-capable USB flash memory, you can speed up your PC in just a few steps.

The insufficient notebook’s and desktop PC’s main memory can cause operating system to run slow on these machines. The new feature in Windows Vista, called Windows ReadyBoost technology, lets users utilize a removable flash memory device, such as a USB thumb memory drive, to make computer more responsive. According to Microsoft, ReadyBoost can speed up the computer since it can retrieve data kept on the flash memory more quickly than it can retrieve data kept on the hard disk.

But, not all USB memory sticks found on the market are capable of running ReadyBoost feature. You must have USB memory device with 2.5MB/sec throughput for 4K random reads and 1.75MB/sec throughput for 512K random writes.

If you are not sure which drives fulfill this request, you can check the unofficial list of ReadyBoost-compatible memory devices.

For using ReadyBoost under Windows Vista, you need to insert USB memory stick into USB port first. An AutoPlay window should appear with “Speed up my system” option at the bottom of the same window. Under the ReadyBoost tab, select “Use this device”, and then set the amount of space to reserve for this feature.

If your USB stick/thumb drive doesn’t support ReadyBoost, under the ReadyBoost tab you will see the message “This device does not have the required performance…”.

The ReadyBoost can be used to help your PC running Vista easier, but you should take the computer vendor’s advices suggesting use of at least 1GB of main memory with Microsoft’s new operating system.

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AMD Turion 64 X2 (Ultra), Athlon, Sempron ‘Puma’ CPUs Overview  

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AMD’s website now lists the new Turion 64 X2, Sempron, and Athlon mobile processors, designed for use in the company’s latest notebook platform, codenamed “Puma“.

The chip maker offers three AMD Turion 64 X2 Ultra-branded CPUs: the ZM-80, ZM-82, and ZM-86, clocked at 2.1GHz, 2.2GHz, and 2.4GHz respectively. Another one “Puma” Turion is the 64 X2 RM-70 at 2GHz.

All of the processors are based on 64-bit dual core architecture and 65nm production technology. The chips have 1MB of L2 cache and a system speed bus of 3600MHz, which is up from 1600MHz in older Turions.

Regarding power consumption, the ZM-80 uses 32 watts. ZM-82 and ZM86 are rated at 35W, while the RM-70 runs at 31W.

AMD also has two lower-end CPUs for “Puma” platform: the AMD Sempron SI-40 single core chip at 2GHz and 25W, and dual core Athlon 64 X2 QL-62 at 1.9GHz and 35W. These 65nm parts also have 3600MHz bus and support 64-bit computing, but include only 512KB of L2 cache.

According to a roadmap at ComputerBase.de, we can expect more “Puma” Turions, Athlons, and Semprons (ZM-84, ZM-88, RM-72, RM-74, QL-62, QL-64, SI-42, SI-44) to arrive in Q3 and Q4 2008.

AMD "Puma" CPU Core Clock Speed L2 Cache System Bus Speed
AMD Turion 64 X2 Ultra (Dual Core)
ZM-80 2.1GHz 1MB 3600MHz
ZM-82 2.2GHz 1MB 3600MHz
ZM-84 Coming in Q3
ZM-86 2.4GHz 1MB 3600MHz
ZM-88 Coming in Q4
AMD Turion 64 X2 (Dual Core)
RM-70 2GHz 1MB 3600MHz
RM-72 Coming in Q3
RM-74 Coming in Q4
AMD Athlon 64 X2 for Notebooks (Dual Core)
QL-60 1.9GHz 512KB 3600MHz
QL-62 Coming in Q3
QL-64 Coming in Q4
AMD Sempron for Notebooks (Single Core)
SI-40 2GHz 512KB 3600MHz
SI-42 Coming in Q3
SI-44 Coming in Q4


Laptop Industry Faces Battery Shortages  

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Notebook computer industry is affected by a shortage of laptop batteries, partly because of a recent fire at a plant of LG Chem, the second biggest South Korean battery cell maker, Reuters reports.

The fire at the major battery supplier has caused an increase of battery prices, Dell Inc. said adding that it works with other suppliers to limit the price growth.

Financial Times writes Hewlett-Packard’s consumer products are likely to be hardest-hit, “since HP products for the consumer market account for more than 50 per cent of LG Chem’s shipments.”

According to a source at Asustek, the company expects to miss its shipment target of 1 million Asus Eee PCs for the first quarter by more than 300,000 units, because of the fire.

FT reports that battery supplies are expected to fall short of demand at least until June and probably well into the third quarter of this year.

How to Buy a Laptop on a Budget  

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You don't have to break the bank to find your perfect portable PC.

Carla Thornton

Here's a question no one will ever ask you: Would you like a free laptop with that burger? Portable computers will never get so cheap they start coming with Happy Meals, but you might be surprised at just how inexpensive laptops are these days.

With many available for less than $1000, laptops are more attractive than ever for people who need to do computer work on the go, whether for work, school, or finishing The Great American Novel down at the coffee shop. But what can you get for your money when you don't have much to spend? These days less money buys more laptop than ever.

Will you regret low-balling an important investment like a laptop? The answer is probably not. Even the least-expensive portables have a lot to offer. Let's start at the bottom of the price scale and work our way up. (Note: PC prices change faster than the stock market, so prices noted in this story might be different by the time you check them out for yourself at the vendor's site.)

Attention, K-Mart Shoppers (Laptops for Less Than $1000)

If a good sale sets your pulse racing, we have a blue-light special for you. Today you can get a very good laptop for less than $1000.

In years past, if you wanted a bargain laptop, you had to sacrifice. Cheaper systems used to be feature-poor, and you were almost guaranteed to be stuck with a slow processor, minimal memory, a small hard drive, a read-only optical drive, and a weak battery. But these days, you typically get a reasonably quick CPU, a good amount of memory, a fair-size hard drive, a more-capable optical drive, and improved battery life. Right now, you can expect 256MB of RAM, a 30GB hard drive, and a combination DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive. The latest bargain notebooks come with fast mobile Athlon XP-M or Mobile Celeron processors that have improved number-crunching capabilities--and, of course, will handle word processing and Web surfing, and will play DVD movies with ease.

The typical sub-$1000 laptop weighs 6 or 7 pounds and has a touchpad window as a pointing device, a top-shelf lithium ion battery, and integrated Wi-Fi for going online without wires. The screen measures either 14.1 inches or 15 inches, plenty big enough for most tasks. It bundles the small business-oriented Windows XP Home Edition operating system and some office applications (typically Microsoft's Works package or Corel's WordPerfect suite). All in all, not a bad haul for the small amount of dough.

In late August, one of the least-expensive notebooks we found at the major manufacturers' Web sites was Dell's Inspiron 1000. Configured with a 2.2-GHz Mobile Celeron processor, a 14.1-inch screen and a CD-RW/DVD combination drive, we got a price of $819. Wi-Fi isn't integrated but is provided in the form of a PC Card that you insert in a slot on the side of the notebook.

The only serious compromise is the older-technology nickel metal hydride battery. NiMH batteries tend not to last as long on each charge as newer-technology lithium ion batteries, don't hold a charge as well in storage, and do need to be completely drained before recharging every so often to help maintain battery health. However, you can add a lithium ion battery for $99 more. If you're worried about battery life, look for a laptop with a modular bay that can swap in a supplemental battery.

Dell's Web site offers more information about the Inspiron 1000.

Hewlett-Packard offers a large selection of sub-$1000 laptops, including several with rare (for this price range) 15.4-inch wide-screen displays. The extra width can be useful for opening more windows at once or watching DVD movies. In late August, HP's Pavilion Zv5000t notebook, configured with Windows XP Home Edition, a 2.8-GHz Intel Celeron processor, a 15.4-inch WXGA display, 256MB of RAM, 60GB hard drive, DVD/CD-RW combo drive, integrated 802.11b/g wireless networking, and a lithium ion battery, cost $998. (A $50 mail-in rebate was also offered.)

For more information about the Pavilion Zv5000t, check out HP's Web site.

Laptops that cost $1000 or less are usually missing a few features. Here's what you may not find in your bargain notebook:

  • Top performance
  • Light weight (less than 6 pounds)
  • Big screens (15 inches or larger)
  • Sophisticated ports, such as ones for connecting the notebook to a TV
  • Media card slots for sharing data with your digital camera or PDA
  • High-end multimedia features, such as good audio and volume buttons
  • The Windows XP Professional operating system with its extra security features
  • Also, don't forget to leave at least $30 or so in your budget for a basic USB memory key for copying files. Few laptops under $1000--or at any price, for that matter--still come with that old storage standby, the built-in floppy drive.

    For more tips on buying a sub-$1000 laptop, check out "Notebooks Tempt as Prices Drop."

    Indulge Yourself (Laptops for $1000 to $1500)

    Go on. Splurge a little. If you have a little extra cash to spend on your laptop, up your budget to roughly $1000 to $1500. If your practical side can't appreciate the performance boost and extra storage you'll get, the gadget-oriented pleasure-seeking side of your brain will thank you.

    Compared with bargain-priced models, laptops in this price range typically come equipped with a faster processor, a higher-capacity hard drive (40GB or larger), and more RAM (typically 512MB, or twice what you'd usually find in a sub-$1000 laptop). Together these components can bump performance significantly.

    In general, battery life is better, too. For instance, the $1333 Gateway M405CS, number two on PC World's October Desktop Replacement chart, lasted 5.2 hours in our tests, two to three hours longer than most laptops in the sub-$1000 class.

    Wide screens measuring 15.4 inches and DVD burners for making really big backups or burning home movies are common features; the HP Pavilion Zd7000 has both. The Pavilion Zd7202us model, which includes Windows XP Home Edition, a 3-GHz Pentium 4 processor, a 17-inch WXGA+ high-definition wide-screen display, a DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive, and integrated 802.11b/g wireless networking, costs $1550.

    HP's Web site offers more information about available configurations.

    You can also score a huge 17.1-inch screen with Gateway's M675CS desktop replacement notebook. It features a 2.8-GHz Pentium 4 processor, Windows XP Home Edition, 256MB of memory, and a CD-RW/DVD combo drive for $1500. It also includes more data ports, including FireWire for faster digital video downloads.

    Check out Gateway's Web site for more information.

    Lightweight laptops for travel start popping up in this category, including Fujitsu's 3.8-pound LifeBook S2000 series. A LifeBook S2020 notebook, configured with a mobile AMD Athlon XP-M 2100+ processor, Windows XP Home Edition, a 13.3-inch display, 30GB hard drive, and 256MB of memory, starts at $1199.

    For more information, visit Fujitsu's Web site.

    Spending $1000 to $1500 will get you a pretty well-equipped machine, but laptops in this price range still lack a few features. Here's what's usually missing:

  • Top performance
  • Large screen (over 15.4 inches)
  • Ultraportable weight (under 4 pounds)
  • Worth a Splurge (Portable PCs Between $1500 and $2000)

    Take a deep breath. If you're willing to peel a few more dollars off the roll, you can find a laptop with that feature you just have to have.

    What do you get for coughing up between $1500 and $2000? Performance characteristics don't change much from what you would find with models in the $1000 to $1500 category--probably because the price ranges feature the same class of processors and similar amounts of memory.

    What you will find is that laptops do get a lot lighter. For instance, IBM's ThinkPad X40, a PC World Best Buy, weighs only 2.8 pounds. A well-equipped X40 with an excellent keyboard, 512MB of RAM, and a 40GB hard drive costs a little over $1800. (Just in keep in mind that the screen measures 12.1 inches and the processor is a little slower than what is typically found on a full-size laptop.)

    Another ultraportable option is Sharp's Actius MM20, which weighs in at 2.6 pounds. The configuration tested by PC World, which includes a 1-GHz Transmeta Efficeon processor, a 10.4-inch screen, a 20GB hard drive, and a CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive, costs $1598. (The weight also increased to 4.3 pounds because of some of the added features.) For more information, see PC World's review.

    Ultraportables are great for traveling, but full-size laptops will feature the largest hard drives, up to 80GB--or even higher. You'll appreciate the extra storage if you work with databases, big spreadsheets, or need more space for that out-of-control digital photo collection you've been amassing.

    Acer's Aspire AS1712SMi notebook, for example, offers a 120GB hard drive. The configuration tested by PC World, which was priced at $1999, includes a 3-GHz desktop Pentium 4 processor, a 17-inch screen, and a DVD±RW drive. All of that functionality doesn't fit into a small package, however. This is definitely a desktop replacement model, as that configuration weighs in at a whopping 17.6 pounds.

    For a look at notebooks in all sizes, from very small to very large, check out PC World's Extreme Computing chart.

    Gadget nuts will likely find a laptop to suit their device desires in this price range. Toshiba's Satellite P25-S670 doubles as a portable TV, featuring Windows XP Media Center 2004 Edition, a 17-inch screen, a TV tuner, and software for downloading TV listings from the Internet. Configured with a 3.4-GHz Pentium 4 processor, 512MB of memory, 80GB hard drive, DVD Super-Multi drive, and integrated 802.11b/g wireless networking, the P25 costs $2699.

    Toshiba's Web site offers more information about available configurations.

    Not sure which laptop pointing device you like better? Another PC World Best Buy, IBM's all-purpose ThinkPad R51, comes equipped with both eraserhead and touchpad pointing devices.

    When configured with Windows XP Professional, a 15-inch display, a 1.6-GHz Pentium M 725 processor, 256MB of memory, 80GB hard drive, and a DVD-RW drive, the IBM ThinkPad R51 costs $1899.

    For a snazzier notebook, check out the Acer Ferrari. Priced at $1899, the configuration reviewed by PC World is slightly more affordable than the famous Italian cars. It features Ferrari's famous candy-apple red paint on its cases (and includes a matching red USB mouse). Under the hood, the review unit included a 1.87-GHz Mobile Athlon XP-M 2500+ processor, a four-in-one card reader, a fixed dual-format DVD burner, FireWire, and four USB 2.0 ports.

    For more information on available configurations, check out Acer's Web site.

    High Rollers ($2000 and Beyond)

    When you move past $2000, you're no longer a budget laptop shopper anymore, you're a high roller. This price range puts you within reach of notebooks that have cutting-edge features and more.

    Dell's Inspiron 9100, for example, sports the new DVI port for connecting an ultra-sharp digital LCD for presentations. The desktop replacement unit tested by PC World weighed in at a hefty 11.5 pounds, and featured a 3.2-GHz Pentium 4 processor, a 15.4-inch screen, 60GB hard drive, and a DVD+R/RW drive. This configuration was priced at $2330.

    Dell's Web site offers more information about the Inspiron 9100.

    Also in this price range, you'll find laptops capable of converting into Tablet PCs, which makes them useful for jotting down notes in your own handwriting. The Toshiba Portege M205-S810, which ranks second on PC World's October 2004 Top Ultraportables chart, features a 1.5-GHz Pentium M processor, a 12.1-inch screen, 60GB hard drive, and an external DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive. This configuration is priced at $2399.

    For more information, read PC World's review or check out Toshiba's Web site.

    For a look at additional specialized laptops, check out PC World's chart, Top Specialized Notebooks.

    But unless you're made of money (and we already know you're not), you don't need a laptop this expensive, especially if you can wait another couple of years. Eventually, every high-end laptop feature will drop in price right down into one of your budget ranges. Now that's a bargain.

    Top 8 Airline Travel Tips When Traveling with Your Laptop  

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    Laptop tips to help ensure you keep your laptop secure and avoid problems dealing with Security and/or Customs. You are the first line of defence for your laptop when traveling and it’s important to keep these laptop tips in mind to save time and prevent aggravation.

    1. Carry your Laptop or Pack It Away?

    Keep it with you at all times. It goes with you on the flight as carry-on baggage. Do not store it in the overhead storage area; it could get knocked around by someone else. Absolutely do not put your laptop in with your other baggage. Baggage handlers aren’t expecting expensive electronics to be in the stored baggage areas and you can’t expect it to be treated as a fragile object.

    2. Visual Inspection (Hand checking)

    You may be required to remove your laptop from its carrying case and turn it on to demonstrate to Security/Customs that the laptop is exactly that – a functioning computer. A good way to save time if you anticipate this happening is to turn on your laptop earlier and leave it in suspend mode. This is a good reason to ensure that your laptop battery is kept charged. When your laptop is examined in this manner it is often called “hand checking”.

    3. Should You X-Ray Your Laptop?

    Letting your laptop go through the x-ray equipment will not harm your laptop. The magnetic field which is generated is not enough to cause harm to your hard drive or cause damage to your data. Metal detectors on the other hand, can cause damage and request politely that Security/Customs do not use the metal detector but do a hand check instead.

    4. Carry Proper Documents

    It’s very important when returning to your country of origin, that you have the correct Customs documentation or original receipts. These show that the laptop and other mobile gear is what you left the country with. The onus is on you to prove that you already own the equipment and did not purchase it while traveling. You will have to pay duty and taxes on items purchased while traveling if you can’t provide proof of ownership.

    5. Keep a Low Profile

    Don’t draw attention to yourself while waiting for your flight or while in-flight. While waiting for your flight and using your laptop, pick an area where you will have some privacy and don’t have to worry about someone looking over your shoulder. If it’s too crowded, don’t use your laptop, and waiting for a time when it’s less crowded. If someone is curious about your laptop, be brief but polite and pack it in. They could be looking for a laptop to steal.

    6. Don't Let Your Laptop Out of Sight

    If you let your laptop get out of sight even for a few minutes, it could be gone. If you have to use the facilities in an airport, take your laptop bag with you. The only exception is if you are traveling with someone you know and trust, but remind them to not leave your laptop unattended. While going through the Security/Customs screening keep a close view of your laptop if you are required to set it down for any reason.

    7. Fact or Fiction - The Airport Laptop Scam

    While there have been no recorded incidents of this type of theft it’s still wise to keep this scenario in mind. Two people will get in line ahead of you at the security area. You have placed your laptop on the conveyor belt and it has moved ahead. The first person goes through with no problems but the second has many difficulties. While you and Security/Customs are distracted, the first takes off with your laptop. Always wait until the last moment to put your laptop on the conveyor belt.

    8. Keep Your Laptop Case Locked

    In order to prevent someone from helping themselves to your other mobile gear and documents, keep your laptop bag locked. If you have it sitting on the floor by your feet it is possible for someone to get access to it unless it has been locked. Another reason for keeping your laptop case locked is so that someone is not able to put anything “extra” in your laptop case. An open case could be a tempting location for someone to drop an item into, then later take the case to get the item.

    White Metals, Rings and Jewelry  

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    The days of a gold wedding ring are quickly leaving us as more and more people move towards white gold wedding rings and other palladium jewelry.

    New styles, new designs, and new metals are helping to make the wedding ring more than just a piece of jewelry, but more of a fashion statement.

    Along with white gold and palladium, platinum jewelry is gaining in popularity as more and more people learn of the wonders of platinum. Check out Danforth Diamond today to see what new and inventive metals and jewelry they have that you never would have thought of before.

    Security Caution for Wi-Fi users  

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    The increasing incorporation of technology into daily life has spawned hands-free cell phone devices, hand-held and laptop computers and, more recently, wireless networks in such public places as restaurants.

    For many, it’s a matter of convenience. A business person may check investments online during lunch, while a college student surfs the Web while making a stop for coffee.

    While these “wireless hotspots” offer their customers convenience, they also pose a potential security threat to their users, according to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

    Madigan recently urged Illinois consumers to be cautious when using wireless, or “Wi-Fi” networks offered in public places to avoid attacks that can mimic the characteristics of the legitimate wireless network.

    “When you turn on a computer, you have options as to what network you want to connect.
    You may see a choice for coffee shop Internet connection, the legitimate one, or one that says free connection,” said Gail O’Connor, deputy press secretary for the attorney general’s office.

    “Of course the consumer thinks, ‘Oh, I should get the free one,’ but it’s not the legitimate” one.

    When a wireless computer is turned on in a public place offering a wireless Internet connection, the computer sends out a signal that has to be received by a wireless network, O’Connor said.

    Nauticus Protects Laptop User Data  

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    Tugboat Enterprises Ltd has launched its latest product Nauticus to protect laptop owners in case of theft of laptop computers and notebooks. The launch comes hot on the heels of a report released January 27 by security giant Symantec that the average business computer holds information worth about $1 million, that most corporate executives do not have a proper back up system in place, and that about 50 percent of companies experienced theft of a laptop or mobile data device in 2005 alone. www.tugboatenterprises.com/Nauticus/index.asp

    “While it’s true that our off-site data storage product Nauticus can and is sold to desktop and network users,” said Tugboat CEO Judi Tyabji Wilson, “we have discovered through the sale of our successful data rescue program Lifeboat that laptops users are the most vulnerable to loss of data.”

    Nauticus is an affordable automated on-line, off-site back up system that stores user data in secure facilities with built-in redundancy. At about $10 per month for the average user, its price and ease of use make it a prime choice for computer users who want to safeguard important information, whether email info, photographs, documents, or spreadsheets. The privacy laws of Canada provide excellent protection of corporate documents in this off-site storage system.

    Market research conducted by Tugboat Enterprises is consistent with Symantec’s results, and Tugboat believes Nauticus will be particularly popular amongst large global businesses and government agencies. “These are the two groups with the most to lose when data is stolen, or lost due to software malfunction.” Tyabji Wilson added. “It is unfortunate that so many CEOs and government department heads don’t insist that proper off-site backup is done and data recovery software is available. Some take the attitude that it won’t happen to me, and when it does they have little or no recourse.”

    Look Model of the Year  

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    Do you like beauty contests and would like to get noticed in the model world then check out http://www.lookoftheyear.com.

    Look Of The Year are looking for young people from all over the world to send in their best pictures so use this chance to be the next model working in Paris, New York or Milan.
    Join Look of the Year today and start your new life together with beautiful people from all over the world.

    http://www.lookoftheyear.com is the latest way to get recognized, winning a 10.000 USD price or get spotted by an agency for model career.

    Extra Money with Bloggerwave  

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    Do you have a blog and want to make money? Then bloggerwave gives you the opportunity. Bloggerwave is aiming to be Europes biggest advertsing media on blogs and you can help us grow so more and more jobs will come.

    Bloggers Make Money by displaying ads throughout their sites, by affiliate marketing and by also doing write-ups and reviews on different Publish Postoducts, websites, and companies. To make things easier for bloggers there are sites which serve as advertising media for bloggers. Bloggerwave is such site which gives bloggers an opportunity to write and review for advertisers and earn extra on their blogs.

    How to Buy a Cheap Laptop Computer  

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    When planning to buy a cheap laptop computer, you need to consider factors that go well beyond performance and memory. You need to consider many factors like size, weight, screen dimensions, battery life, keyboard quality, built-in memory, and also certain other options like wireless connectivity.

    Let us now consider some key features you need to consider when buying your laptop.

    •Processor: Choosing the right processor is a very important task because the processor determines how quickly a laptop can run applications and perform on-screen tasks. Don’t settle for anything less than 1.4 GHz. This is enough for everyday work-word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail etc. Pentium M processors are good for this purpose. These processors are fast and allow for long battery life.

    •System memory: The more memory your laptop has, the more applications you can run at once and the better your laptop will perform. Do not settle for anything less than 128 MB. However note that upgrading memory in laptops is not as easy as in the case of desktop computers.

    •Screen size: The size of a laptop’s LCD screen is quoted as a diagonal measurement. The larger the screen, the higher the maximum resolution and the more information you can view at once. For cheap laptops, choosing a 12.1 inches screen is a good option.

    •Battery: Thanks to the Pentium M processors. Laptops now have very good battery life when compared to the old ones. Battery life in the units equipped with these chips range roughly from 3 to 7 hours. Choosing a lithium ion rechargeable battery is a good option.

    •Hard drive: The larger the hard drive, the more data you can keep on your laptop. For a cheap laptop, it is better to choose hard drives with 20GB or 40GB capacity depending on the usage.

    •Keyboard: Laptop keyboards are quite different from the keyboards we use with the desktop computers. The keys are quite small and closely packed. Get hands-on with the laptop keyboard before you actually buy it.

    •Pointing device: Opt for a touchpad or pointing stick built into the laptop. This is much more useful than connecting a mouse via a USB port.

    •Optical drives: Many manufacturers offer laptops with re-writable DVD drives. However for a budget laptop, a single CD-RW drive is more than sufficient.

    •USB ports: Two USB ports are enough for a budget laptop. If you need much more ports, you can always use an external USB hub. A hub usually consists of four or more USB ports and connects to one of your laptop’s USB ports.

    •Weight: Your laptop should weigh anywhere between 4 and 10 pounds. If you still want to reduce weight, use can use external floppy and CD drives.

    •Communications: Do not opt for serial ports, PS/2 ports and infrared ports as they are becoming rare. Opt for a built-in Ethernet instead.

    You’ll probably spend a lot of time with your new laptop. Therefore research a lot before buying any particular brand. Check for user’s stories, consumer opinions, reviews and more. This will help you to get your dream laptop at a low cost.


    About Discount Notebook Computers  

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    While notebook computer prices have come down quite a lot, laptops still range from inexpensive notebook models to high end luxury jobs. Naturally, the notebook you eventually choose to buy will depend on your resources and requirements, but if you are on a budget like so many of us are, you should give some thought to picking up a discount notebook computer.

    There are a variety of reasons that a particular model may be discounted and it’s smart to try to find out why. A legitimate retailer should be able to offer a reasonable explanation. Any discount notebook computer should be new and carry a full manufacturer’s warranty. Some specific notebooks may be discounted because they’ve been factory refurbished.

    Generally this means they were bought and returned for some reason. Then the factory rebuilt them to original specifications, replacing any damaged or defective parts. Refurbished laptops may be available for even less than discount notebooks. Not everyone is willing to take a chance on a rebuilt notebook, but you might want to consider the fact that these machines have been burned in and the weak parts failed and have been replaced. And they still come with a full warranty.

    Manufacturers will often discount models based on closeout of a particular notebook computer. It may not have the latest technology and is being replaced by an upgraded model. Some discounts may be for loss leaders. Often a person will upgrade later to a more expensive model based on brand loyalty or just the comfortable knowledge that the first notebook from XYZ Corp worked well so why not stick with them. A lifetime customer is worth a small loss. Retailers will often discount in order to get rid of excess inventory or prepare for new models.

    You do want to make sure you aren’t being given a used notebook disguised as a discounted model. Check the warranty. A used notebook will normally not carry a manufacturer’s warranty and any warranty period may be shorter then the standard new model warranty. Never, ever be afraid to ask hard questions. It’s your money and it’s going to be your data going into the notebook you buy. If you get weak or unsatisfactory answers, evasions or hostility, walk. There’s lots of places to buy notebook computers.

    One thing you must do is to analyze your own computer needs before you go looking for a notebook. Exactly what will you be using the machine for most of the time. How important is it to have a really fast machine? Do you need high end graphics? How much disk space do you require? Do you need to read both CDs and DVDs? Do you want to be able to write CDs, DVDs? What kind of sound do you need? How much memory? What other specific features do you want - wireless, networking, floppy disk? Do you plan to carry it around a lot? Then weight may be important. Do you need a long battery life? How about the size of the screen? What will you be comfortable with?

    Let me share something you here. I use a refurbished Compaq for nearly everything these days. It’s been incredibly reliable for well over 2 and a half years. I rarely take it anywhere. I have an external keyboard plugged into it and I use an external monitor too. But I use the LCD at the same time. The graphics allow me to spread my desktop over the external monitor and the LCD screen. My visible desktop is over 25 inches. Depending on your graphics, you can do the same thing with a desktop computer, but it takes up a lot more room. Now I feel horribly limited when I have a little 17, 19 or 21 inch desktop. This is, hands down, the absolute best deal I’ve ever made in a computer buy - including all the computers I’ve built myself from scratch.

    That was a little off subject, but I’ve found that very few people realize just how useful spreading your desktop over more than one monitor can be in terms of both comfort and productivity. OK, back to the pre-shopping analysis. This kind of analysis sounds tedious because it is. It’s much more fun to just go out and buy on impulse. Unfortunately that’s not a smart thing to do. It sets you up to be seduced by a hot sales pitch for a really neat bleeding edge high end notebook. There are very very few people who actually need that kind of technology.

    The reality is that 97 to 99% of the notebook computer buyers could do at least 95% of their typical tasks with the cheapest, slowest notebook on the market. You need to be certain about how much you’re willing to pay to do that remaining 5% a little faster. And if your needs aren’t typical, you probably already have a good idea of just what’s required. The advantage of a discount computer is that you can put some of the money you’ve just saved into more memory, an external hard drive for backup, an additional (big) external monitor, an extra battery, a new printer or whatever additional accessory will make your work easier. And you’ll probably still come out ahead.

    We all have a tendency to overestimate our needs - and to want the biggest, fastest, best, coolest whatever. Salesmen know this. After all a discount notebook computer just isn’t as sexy somehow, is it? But let’s be real here, a notebook is to work. It will not get you that really hot lady or that primo guy. In any case, the truly cool people have minions to carry around their stuff and wouldn’t be caught dead lugging around a computer or using one in public.

    A little thought, a little rationality, and you can end up with a high quality discount notebook that’s more than sufficient for your needs without even spending your whole budget. Now that is cool.

    How to Find Cheap Laptop Computers  

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    Ah yes, I want a laptop but I am not going to spend a couple of thousand dollars for one. Well guess what you don’t have to. Laptop prices have come down dramatically over the past year alone and they will continue to do so as technology advances. But the trick here is to find good quality laptops that fit your needs at the cheapest prices available today.

    I would say that there probably is a store near you right now that has cheap laptop computers. In fact, many stores already have them. The reason being, like any other new product, laptops were once considered the cream of the crop in the computer world which made them very expensive. However, all that has changed now. Laptops are a dime a dozen! The hand held digital assistants, Bluetooth cell phones and tablet pads are the new rage making laptop computers cheap.

    Now, don’t get me wrong, this does not mean that they are cheaply made. Thanks to the wonders of the technological cycle, laptop computers are decreasing in price as their capabilities rise. Of course, there are the latest and greatest monsters out there that are made for gaming or high powered multimedia applications and these babies still cost a pretty penny.

    But for the average user, you can find cheap laptop computers that provide all the power you need and then some. Every major manufacturer out there, like Dell, HP, Compaq, Gateway, and IBM have their lower end and intermediate models that come with more than enough speed and usability.

    Now here is the key to finding the right cheap computer laptop for you, and that is to figure out exactly what you need it for.

    Are you going to use it mainly for surfing the web or word processing? Do you need it to work from home or mainly to save your MP3s and digital pictures?

    Ok, so now you have an idea of what you want to use your laptop for. Now lets go out shopping and compare. You can visit any of the top manufacturers websites or visit your local store and find their low end or intermediate models that may suit your needs. The three top components of a computer you want to look for is the hard drive size, memory, and processor speeds and take notes of each model you find on each component and model.

    The hard drive, you can consider this the brain of your computer, this is where all your files, applications and folders are stored. If you plan on using your computer for MP3s and digital pictures your hard drive should be large since these files are usually very large. I personally would look at 80gb as minimum.

    Next would be the memory, memory can be considered the thought processes of your computer. As a minimum I would look at 512mb but if you plan on using your laptop for gaming of course this should be much larger, in the area of 1 to 2gb. Now memory is used whenever a program or application is running. So the more memory you have the faster your computer can process the program.

    And finally your processor, now your processor is just that it processes all the inner workings of how each program runs. The faster the processor is, the faster the program instructions are processed. Again if your looking for a laptop for gaming uses you want your processor with high speeds 2ghz or more. For other uses you can go less.

    Other parts of the computer to also consider are the ports involved that can connect your computer to your digital camera or your mp3 player for example. You also want to check that your laptop has wireless and broadband connectivity. Many cheap computer laptops today already come with this but you want to make sure or you will have to pay additional, for example, a wireless card to install in your laptop to have this capability.

    How to Get a Notebook Computer at a Great Price  

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    How do you get a notebook computer with the functions you need and a price you can afford? I have looked at computer stores and in the Sunday flyers in my local newspaper and while the prices have gone down considerable, notebook computers are still not cheap by any stretch of the imagination. A notebook computer can offer you the chance to work without being tied down to your desk or home office. To get one at a good price, though, takes some research and patience on your part.

    First of all, you need to decide what you need in your notebook computer. Most are going to be equipped with office programs, internet access, and other basic computer functions. For most of us, that is plenty. If there is more you need, then you should consult with a professional to find out what exactly it is you need to have on the notebook computer when you go to look for it.

    With most being similarly equipped, though, you will probably want to find something affordable and reliable. For affordability, you may want to consider a refurbished computer. Many electronics retailers and even online stores offer these computers. Refurbished notebook computers are one that have been used and are a little older, but have been erased and given fresh memory and programs so that they are basically as good as new. They are generally significantly cheaper than new laptops, but are usually still reliable. Some stores may even offer a limited warranty or guarantee on their refurbished notebook computers. You can also, if it makes you more comfortable, get yourself a new notebook computer at a decent price by looking around a little bit. Check online first, as many retailers offer their computers online at a discounted price. By shipping it straight to you, rather than one of their physical stores, they are saving a little bit of money and might pass that savings on to you. They will also sometimes begin a closeout online before doing so in the stores. It is a way to get an early jump on removing outdated notebook computers from their national inventory. Finding a good notebook computer is important to those who want to be able to work, surf the net, and email without being tethered to the office or desk at home. They are however, not a small or cheap purchase. Because of that, you should do some research before buying a notebook computer.

    Check out refurbished models at your local electronics shop or even online. If you are not comfortable with a used laptop, then consider shopping around online to find closeouts and pre-closeouts available at online retailers who may specialize in notebook computers. Either way, be patient and make sure you find the computer that works for you at a price you can afford and you will not regret your purchase. If you would like to find more of my personal articles on laptop computers please check out my mobile computing website!

    Used Laptops - Be Careful With Your Purchase!  

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    Used laptops come in two varieties: used and refurbished.

    What Are Used Laptops?

    Used laptops are those that have been used by a consumer for any length of time and then resold. Even if computers are only one day old, stores cannot sell them as new laptops, they become used laptops.

    What Are Refurbished Laptops?

    A refurbished laptop is a computer that has been used anywhere from 1 to 90 days, and then returned to the store or manufacturer who then resells it, or repairs and replaces any needed parts in order to sell it. Some of these refurbished computers may be just as good as new computers, but you can get them at a much lower price.

    What To Look For When Buying Used:

    1. Condition

    The first thing that you should look at is the used computer’s condition. It has been recommended to stay away from laptops that are over 3 years old. The system will be outdated and may not be able to run some of the software and programs that are currently available. You may even want to stick to laptops that are less than 18 months old. Refurbished laptops do not have some of these concerns because they are newer and have been repaired and tuned up.

    2. Features

    The features offered on used laptops are the next important factor you should take under consideration. If you need speed, you need to keep in mind that used laptops run slower than desktops with the same processing systems. Do not buy used laptops with less than 128 MB of memory; it may not be able to run many of the applications and programs that are standard in today’s computers. You can get used laptops that are powered by anywhere from 20 GB to 80 GB depending on your processing and computing needs. The screen size, definition, and resolution are other important issues in laptops. Make sure that the laptop you are looking at has the capabilities to do what you need it to do media and entertainment-wise.

    3. Portability

    Portability of laptops is also an important issue. Laptops are getting thinner and lighter every day. Does the laptop you are looking at weigh a lot? Make sure you add in the weight of the case and any other accessories you will be carrying.

    Remember:

    When buying used laptops from a private seller or an acquaintance, be careful. Have the used laptops checked out thoroughly by a neutral party or professional. Every good bargain shopper knows that you can find deals by shopping for pre-owned items. Laptop computers are no exception. Educate yourself on your wants and needs and you will get what you want.

    PDA vs Laptop  

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    PDA can now do a myriad of functions from email, web browsing,Wi-Fi, cameras, music, mobile
    telephony, word processing, spreadsheets, GPS and many more

    A PDA scores in these areas:

    * The trend is towards smaller and smaller handheld gadgets.
    * Its small size allowing you to carry it anywhere
    with convenience. You can just slip it in your pocket and when there is a need
    just pop it out and do your work or play. A typical PDA weighs less than
    200 grams compared to an ultra -light notebook which weighs at least a
    kilogram.
    * When you are out in the field for critical operations , the last thing you
    need is a laptop out of power. A normal laptop lasts the most 5 or 6 hours
    whereas some PDA accommodate AAA batteries which easily last for a month. You
    won’t fall flat during critical operation.
    * A PDA is understandably cheaper than
    a laptop. A PDA can cost 500 dollars whereas Laptops can cost as much
    as $ 3,000. PDA software is also more affordable than Laptop software.

    Of course, the laptop wins in several aspects.

    * Typing or data entry is more difficult and slower with a pda compared with
    a larger keyboard for a laptop.
    * The specs are more powerful .
    * The processors , memory and storage are much better in a laptop enabling
    you to work with greater efficiency and speed.
    * It is easier to view your work on a much larger screen on a laptop.
    * You can watch DVD movies, do video editing
    * Even laptops are fighting off this new competition by becoming smaller and
    lighter.
    * Lastly, you can do slideshow presentation with a laptop.

    So, you need to weigh the cost and benefits of both laptops and PDA. For day
    to day activities a PDA should work just fine!

    How to Buy a Cheap Laptop Computer  

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    When planning to buy a cheap laptop computer, you need to consider factors that go well beyond performance and memory. You need to consider many factors like size, weight, screen dimensions, battery life, keyboard quality, built-in memory, and also certain other options like wireless connectivity.

    Let us now consider some key features you need to consider when buying your laptop.

    •Processor: Choosing the right processor is a very important task because the processor determines how quickly a laptop can run applications and perform on-screen tasks. Don’t settle for anything less than 1.4 GHz. This is enough for everyday work-word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail etc. Pentium M processors are good for this purpose. These processors are fast and allow for long battery life.

    •System memory: The more memory your laptop has, the more applications you can run at once and the better your laptop will perform. Do not settle for anything less than 128 MB. However note that upgrading memory in laptops is not as easy as in the case of desktop computers.

    •Screen size: The size of a laptop’s LCD screen is quoted as a diagonal measurement. The larger the screen, the higher the maximum resolution and the more information you can view at once. For cheap laptops, choosing a 12.1 inches screen is a good option.

    •Battery: Thanks to the Pentium M processors. Laptops now have very good battery life when compared to the old ones. Battery life in the units equipped with these chips range roughly from 3 to 7 hours. Choosing a lithium ion rechargeable battery is a good option.

    •Hard drive: The larger the hard drive, the more data you can keep on your laptop. For a cheap laptop, it is better to choose hard drives with 20GB or 40GB capacity depending on the usage.

    •Keyboard: Laptop keyboards are quite different from the keyboards we use with the desktop computers. The keys are quite small and closely packed. Get hands-on with the laptop keyboard before you actually buy it.

    •Pointing device: Opt for a touchpad or pointing stick built into the laptop. This is much more useful than connecting a mouse via a USB port.

    •Optical drives: Many manufacturers offer laptops with re-writable DVD drives. However for a budget laptop, a single CD-RW drive is more than sufficient.

    •USB ports: Two USB ports are enough for a budget laptop. If you need much more ports, you can always use an external USB hub. A hub usually consists of four or more USB ports and connects to one of your laptop’s USB ports.

    •Weight: Your laptop should weigh anywhere between 4 and 10 pounds. If you still want to reduce weight, use can use external floppy and CD drives.

    •Communications: Do not opt for serial ports, PS/2 ports and infrared ports as they are becoming rare. Opt for a built-in Ethernet instead.

    You’ll probably spend a lot of time with your new laptop. Therefore research a lot before buying any particular brand. Check for user’s stories, consumer opinions, reviews and more. This will help you to get your dream laptop at a low cost.

    Laptop Hard Drive: Speed Also Matters  

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    Buying a laptop? Want to upgrade your old one with a new hard drive? Besides hard drive’s space size for storing your applications, documents, music, movies and other data, you should also pay attention to its speed performance. If you want fast access to stored data on your laptop’s hard disk, you should purchase hard disk with SATA interface, higher rotational speed and larger buffer cache size.

    Buy Laptop with SATA Drive

    Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives use less power, so they save your laptop’s battery. But, they also enchase your laptop’s speed performance. Most hard drives usually support ATA/66 (66 MB/sec), Ultra ATA/100 (100 MB/sec), or SATA (150 MB/sec) interfaces. The numbers refer to the maximum burst rate at which the drive can pass data to the system (66, 100, or 150 megabytes per second). SATA transmit data in a serially (in a single stream) as opposed to PATA or Parallel ATA which is commonly referred to as an IDE hard drive.
    (Note: You must have SATA support on laptop’s motherboard to enjoy SATA speed)

    Check the Hard Drive Rotational Speed

    Don’t forget to check the hard drive rotational speed! The hard drive rotational speed tells you how fast the drive spins its disks in revolutions per minute (rpm). A higher rpm means higher drive performance. A 7,200 rpm hard drive is faster than a 5,400 rpm or 4,200 rpm and gives better performance.

    Larger Buffer Cache Size - Better Performance

    Buffer Cache Size is a temporary data storage area used to enhance drive performance. When the computer requests data from the hard disk if that data is in the cache, there is a performance boost directly related to the speed of the cache. Larger buffer cache size usually results in better hard drive performance. Buffer cache size on the most of laptop’s hard drives is usually 2 MB, 4 MB or 8 MB.

    Which Laptop Battery is Right for You?  

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    The short answer is: Whichever type fits your laptop. Laptop batteries vary according to the model and type of laptop computer for which they’ve been designed. All laptop batteries do, however, share some common characteristics that differentiate them from regular household batteries:

    Laptop batteries are rechargeable
    They are composed of multiple internal cells
    Within each laptop battery is a small printed circuit board
    Shape and location of terminals differ from model to model.

    As is the case with all batteries, laptop batteries create an electrochemical reaction, forcing a stream of electrons from one position to another. Also like other batteries, laptop batteries have positive and negative terminals that receive and send electrons.

    Rechargeable batteries are more complex, however, than standard batteries. This is because the electrochemical reaction that provides power must be reversible. Care has to be taken when recharging them to ensure they perform at their best.

    Frank McLarnon, Lawrence Berkley lab’s staff scientist explains it this way to Scientific American.com:

    “When a battery is discharged, an electrochemical oxidation reaction proceeds at the negative electrode, and an electrochemical reduction reaction occurs at the positive electrode. When one attempts to recharge a battery by reversing the direction of electric current flow, the opposite takes place: a reduction reaction proceeds at the negative electrode, and an oxidation reaction takes place at the positive electrode.

    In the case of the rechargeable battery, the electrochemical oxidation-reduction reactions are reversible at both electrodes. In the case of the non-rechargeable battery, when one attempts to recharge the battery by reversing the direction of electron current flow, at least one of the electrochemical oxidation-reduction reactions is not reversible. When the battery is charged, the overall reduction reaction that proceeds at the negative electrode may not be the true reverse of the oxidation reaction that proceeded when the battery was discharged.

    If the laptop battery process isn’t exact, then unwanted build up can take place on either terminal over time, which can cause a dangerous short-circuit.

    It is so important to ensure that your laptop battery or notebook battery is the one designed for your particular model and type. Only buy Dell laptop batteries for a Dell laptop computer, Gateway aren’t compatible with Compaq laptop batteries and Toshiba laptop batteries won’t sit well in a Sony.

    It is also wise to remember that old adage: “You get what you pay for.”
    Some companies offer used cheap laptop batteries for sale, saying that they have refurbished each battery and restored most of its useful life. The fallacy of this is that, although possible to refurbish a second-hand laptop battery, the cost to do so would be more than the price of a new battery. So, “Buyer beware, and if you must buy discount laptop batteries, buy new discounted batteries.

    Laptop computers are a boon to business, large and small. As a wise person is just about to say: Look after your laptop and it will look after you.

    Windows Vista Too Slow? ReadyBoost Can Help  

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    Have a Windows Vista preloaded on your laptop, but the system is too slow? If you have Windows ReadyBoost-capable USB flash memory, you can speed up your PC in just a few steps.

    The insufficient notebook’s and desktop PC’s main memory can cause operating system to run slow on these machines. The new feature in Windows Vista, called Windows ReadyBoost technology, lets users utilize a removable flash memory device, such as a USB thumb memory drive, to make computer more responsive. According to Microsoft, ReadyBoost can speed up the computer since it can retrieve data kept on the flash memory more quickly than it can retrieve data kept on the hard disk.

    But, not all USB memory sticks found on the market are capable of running ReadyBoost feature. You must have USB memory device with 2.5MB/sec throughput for 4K random reads and 1.75MB/sec throughput for 512K random writes.

    If you are not sure which drives fulfill this request, you can check the unofficial list of ReadyBoost-compatible memory devices.

    For using ReadyBoost under Windows Vista, you need to insert USB memory stick into USB port first. An AutoPlay window should appear with “Speed up my system” option at the bottom of the same window. Under the ReadyBoost tab, select “Use this device”, and then set the amount of space to reserve for this feature.

    If your USB stick/thumb drive doesn’t support ReadyBoost, under the ReadyBoost tab you will see the message “This device does not have the required performance…”.

    The ReadyBoost can be used to help your PC running Vista easier, but you should take the computer vendor’s advices suggesting use of at least 1GB of main memory with Microsoft’s new operating system.

    Resources: Window Vista Performance | Tom Archer’s Blog

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