The laptop computer sometimes called a notebook is the mobile and smaller version of a regular desk top type computer today innovations in computer technology have made it possible to get the full performance of the desk tops packaged into a small and very portable unit which can weigh any where from 2 to to 7 lbs making it possible to now take the power and performance of the computer where every you may need to go.
These small and portable units are capable of performing many of the same if not all of the task as the larger desktop units. While it is true the do not have all the power of the larger Desktop models for many of us they have everything you will need to perform a large array of you computing task in this portable platform. The power and performance like anything you buy today depends very much on the amount you are willing to spend.
For the most part laptops are affordable options for many consumers looking to purchase a portable unit that is varies capable of performing and accomplishing our daily task. The components of the laptop have been optimized and made as small as possible, while keeping in mind their power consumption rates to improve the or amount the life of their batteries.
Laptops on a Budget
If you are looking for a laptop to perform a task such as word processing, searching the internet, staying in contact through emails, your in luck today you can find a number of affordable laptops that are capable of handling these tasks with out having to spend too much money. One of the best places to find a good used or refurbished laptop is on eBay or similar auction sites. To have a laptop capable of handling these tasks look for one which has the following minimum features a 14.1 to 15 inch screen, 30 GB hard drive, at least 256 RAM, an Ethernet network card and a modem for connecting to the internet.
If you are looking for a laptop for video gaming or performing more complicated tasks you should plan on tripling the size of your hard drive and having at a minimum of 1GZ RAM you should also think about some form of a graphic accelerator.
The following are some very good performing and reliable laptops IBM ThinkPad T23, Dell Latitude D505, Sony Vaio FR415B, and Toshiba Satellite. While these are good choices if you are really on a budget do not forget to look at Acer, and Averatec, as these to manufacturers strive to provide the consumer with varying good and reliable laptop at some of the best prices you will find. Shop around and I'm sure you will find a laptop which is right for your needs and at an affordable price.