Computer Questions: How Laptops Work

The world of personal computing is being advanced by the manufacturing and purchasing of laptop computers. These computers are portable, affordable, and invaluable to those who need to carry their data with them wherever they go!

Laptop computers are greatly advancing in the world of personal computing. How they work is relatively simple, just like a desktop computer for all intents and purposes. However, the disk drive and all the other components in a laptop, which allow a computer to operate, are just miniaturized so they can fit into a much, much smaller space.

Miniaturized silicon chip and other electro-optical components are what have made the laptop so state-of-the-art. As advances are made in the semi-conductor and silicon field, the technology is tested in computerized devices, making wonderful strides in the technology field in the United States, and all over the world.

The laptop computer has become much more affordable than it used to be, and many more computer users are tending to purchase laptops at a very high rate. This is due to several factors. Desktop computers are great for your home or office, but a laptop is portable and small, making it easy to take your data and photos with you wherever you go. This portability has become so increasingly valuable to most business people, scientists, teachers, designers, and so on, that most laptop owners would not venture out without their computer.

The laptop screen is a beautiful flat LCD device that is approximately 12 layers thick. These screens are improving vastly as the technology improves, and now, many desktop computer manufacturers are slowly replacing the huge, bulky CRT-type monitors with crisp, compact LCD screens. Many newer laptops are now available with much larger screens than ever before. Average laptop screens of the past were about 11.5 inches. New laptops can have screens as large as 17-20 inches! These ultra-wide, large displays on laptops allow graphic designers and other users to see a much larger representation of their data than was previously available. This feature alone has increased the demand for laptops by great numbers.

Portability features are what sway most computer users toward the laptop. You will see computer users at airports accessing the internet and writing their proposals as they wait for their next flight connection. Laptops have all the features that anyone could possibly need while traveling. You can even take your laptop on a flight and work on your papers or proposals while in the air, traveling to your next meeting destination. I would not be surprised if, in the near future, all airplanes will have an internet port on each seat armrest, so all the internet "junkies" out there can hop online immediately after takeoff and check up on their e-mail and the latest stock figures from Wall Street!

Many users have traded in their old desktop computers and have purchased a laptop that will more than efficiently replace the desktop computer they used to be "˜tied down' to! Today's laptops have larger hard drives than some desktops. They also sport very fast processor speeds comparatively, and have all the "˜bells and whistles' that you could ever desire on a computer. All crammed into a small, sleek, portable device that you can take practically anywhere with you.



The consumer can custom order a laptop online from most of the top laptop manufacturers, such as Dell and Toshiba, not to forget MAC. A few notes about choosing and purchasing laptops follow next.

Things to look for in a laptop depends of course, on features that you need and desire, and also a few other considerations. Size and weight are considerations you should look at first. You don't really want a laptop that weighs much over 6-7lbs. Some weigh up to 15lbs, which would really be a bit cumbersome if you are planning to travel much. Some of the tinier laptops, such as the Sony Vaio are so small, they weigh only around 2-3lbs, which is very nice, but with a small laptop, you get a very small screen, so consider how much you want to see, and how well you want to see it before you opt for a tiny laptop computer!

Another consideration to look into is how much battery life does a laptop have if you can't plug it in for a while, and you need to do some work? The newer Dell PC laptops get about 1.5 to 2 hours maximum on battery. The computer will tell you how much time you have left to work before it shuts down and needs to recharge, which is nice if you are concerned with that. MAC laptops win the prize for greatest battery life, however, getting between 3 and 3.5 hours without being plugged in. MAC laptops are also very beautiful and thin, have gorgeous displays, and, are also the most expensive, costing at least $1,000 to $1,400 MORE than the average Dell PC. This may sound alarming to you, but MAC is a very specialized computer, with features and designs that are unparalleled to date in the world of computing. You get what you pay for!

PC laptops are not to be sneezed at, however, and many of the new Dell's, IBM's, Toshiba's and E-machines are far superior to their earlier models. The Windows operating system has improved a great deal, and has made the plug-and-play features on the desktop computers available on all the laptops, which is so wonderful for attaching peripheral devices, such as printers, scanners and digital cameras onto your laptop.

The laptops of today are attractive, powerful, and highly invaluable as a permanent part of any computer user's tools for the trade. On a personal note, I could not function without my laptop, and now, neither can my 70-year-old mother! She recently purchased a powerful laptop computer and is sending me e-mail and photos via the internet! She finds that her laptop is less "˜overwhelming' than having a large desktop system cluttering up her home.

The world of computing has changed a lot in the last couple of years, and laptops are a large part of the reason for the surge in computer sales! Whatever your particular needs in a computer are, check into the laptops that are available before you decide on a system for your home.

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