Notebook PCs / Laptop

Are you one of the many thousands of people who are predicted to buy a notebook (laptop) computer this year? Is your desktop system in need of an upgrade and you are considering switching to a notebook? If yes, then this PC World buying guide is for you. In this report, we equip you with all the know-how you need to buy a notebook.

We walk you through the latest information on important components, such as the CPU and graphics chips, and explain what is on offer, to help you determine what you need. We also provide information on market trends and where notebook technology might be heading in the future, as well as tips on how to get that bit extra for your dollar when dealing with the retailer.


Questions to ask yourself


Desktop PC or notebook?

Notebook PC

Is a notebook the computer for you or are you more suited to a desktop system? If you want a notebook as a desktop replacement, you must be sure of your needs: if you think you will want to upgrade in the near future, or work with a larger monitor, then a desktop system would generally be preferable.

To increase your productivity, you can easily use your notebook in conjunction with a second monitor as nearly all notebooks now come with a VGA-out port and in some cases, even a DVI-I port for connection to LCD monitors without an adapter. There's also a growing trend in notebooks with HDMI ports for TVs. Very few, if any notebooks are still equipped with a PS/2 port for an external mouse and or keyboard as most feature at least two high-speed USB 2.0 ports allowing expandability options for printers, mice, joysticks, and other peripherals.

FireWire ports (used to connect items such as digital video cameras and external hard disks) are also quite common, especially in notebooks geared towards multimedia use.

What the decision really boils down to, though, is whether you need your computer to be mobile. For the medium term to come at least, desktop PCs will remain cheaper than notebooks at similar performance levels and provide better value while being easier to upgrade.

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43 Comments

Anonymous

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Asking what warranty specifics concerning screen LCD and Hinges as well is a good idea, Also, What about accidental damages, is it included in this type of warranty or not.

Sheila R

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Mobility

Well, for me it is all about mobility at present, so it's a laptop every time.

dianabol

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thanks

i love notebooks, i only recently started using them as well.
ive always been a pc man, but after using a notebook, ive fallen in love with it.
thanks for the article.
Mike

dianabol

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dianabol

Are notebooks the same as laptops, or is there a slight difference? Ive led to believe notebooks are smaller?

Anonymous

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Laptops and notbooks are the same size you have got mixed up with netbooks they are the smaller ones

Anonymous

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Update

Excellent article.

A suggestion though would be to update this article annually. Being almost 2 years old some changes in the market haven't been noted.

Very helpful though, thank you.

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For me it is about mobility.
when I go to see customers I like to have all the data and work on my laptop
but I do have a PC at home- I don't think a laptop could ever replace it

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i love notebooks, i only recently started using them as well.
ive always been a pc man, but after using a notebook, ive fallen in love with it.
thanks for the article.

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excellent chip

I have run this chip since 2006 and it works as well now as when I first purchased it.

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No difference, just different names for the same.

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yes. teo years is a lot in this industry.

John

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Neato

For me it is about mobility.
when I go to see customers I like to have all the data and work on my laptop
but I do have a PC at home- I don't think a laptop could ever replace it.

Chest

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Being almost 2 years old some changes in the market haven't been noted.

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when I go to see customers I like to have all the data and work on my laptop
but I do have a PC at home- I don't think a laptop could ever replace it

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Ive led to believe notebooks are smaller?

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For me it is about mobility.
when I go to see customers I like to have all the data and work on my laptop
but I do have a PC at home

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when I go to see customers I like to have all the data and work on my laptop

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It depends on your habbits..

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I am just so sure which ones I will consider buying. There are too many offered for low prices and yet great enough features, lol..

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Thanks

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Thanks for this information. I am considering buying a netbook for christmas.

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warranty specifics concerning screen LCD....

In essence, computer monitors and TVs are very similar. Both have the same job of presenting visual information to the user, and for this reason many early home computers used TVs as monitors. However, the type of image quality needed for the images of a TV signal were different than that needed to clearly display text, and the separate evolution of computer monitors began. While the two have been becoming more similar again, there remain potential differences:

First monitors don't need a tuner, and this remains the bigger difference between the two. A giant LCD screen with a computer hooked up to it can display the computer's output, and in fact that is exactly what is happening with computer-based media centers. Conversely, a monitor can be hooked up to normal video equipment (cable boxes, DVD players) as long as something else can process any TV signal. This can be tricky, but there are various how-to guides available.

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LCDs have better looks but they are expensive .apart from that they need more care & maintenance .

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Thanks

Thankyou for writing this helpful article

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i think that laptops are a great way to stay online when not at home and to continue doing daily business

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Notebook Computers

Excellent article packed with brilliant tips. We are just replacing our laptops and this has informed our decisions.

Thanks.

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I'd go with a laptop due to the mobility. Notebooks can't always cut it.

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Definitely choose notebooks. They are more flexible and less energy intensive.

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This is indeed a great post, I would surely love to know more about it. I will look forward to see more

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Brian Garvin

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It seems like every time I turn around there are more updates to these computers. Mobility is an important consideration for me. Although I love to use my Notebook I don't think it will ever replace my PC. From a customer standpoint I think understanding all the components is essential to determining exactly what you need so I'm glad you guys offer this service. Great job.

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i'd like to know the different between laptops and notebooks esp. the prices

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There is no difference between a laptop and a notebook computer. Some of these portables just do hotter than others, but that doesn't change the name of them to notebook or have anything to do with a person's lap. If you really want to get an excellent portable, get a Mac.

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this is really productive in nature and details are good to clear the questions. Thanks for sharing!

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first time i've hit this site. been researching notebook/laptops, and feel like i've hit a timewarp. serious updating required.

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