If you have recently purchased a laptop, then you have probably considered many accessories that you might purchase for it. There are many different accessories available for laptops that can make your computing experience much better than it otherwise would be. A laptop bag, for example, can make toting your laptop around town much easier and more convenient. This is a great accessory to have if you need to be able to bring your laptop to school or to a local coffee shop to get some work done. An external mouse is also a great accessory if you find it cumbersome to use the built-in mouse pad that is available on most laptops. Another laptop accessory that many people find indispensable is a power cord extension. Most laptop power cords only have a length of 6 feet, so an extension can make it much more convenient to use and to charge your laptop even when you are far away from a power outlet. Finally, many laptop owners find that one of the most important laptop tools is a laptop case. These cases can be either soft or hard, but in either case they are designed to help keep your laptop protected from unnecessary damage.
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Personalization is a big part of this early Internet era. Let’s face it: The Internet is still brand new and in its first couple of decades of existence. People are still learning to navigate the many different technologies and Web sites that are out there and since the Web took off, there have been tons of new technologies that are useful now. The laptop is one of them. Thanks to the portability of the laptop, people were able to venture outside their homes and enjoy the use of a laptop too. Wireless technologies now allow people to leave their home without as much as a plugin to operate the laptop, an additional advantage that people 10 years ago didn’t have. Things change quickly.
Laptops offer consumers the convenience of a portable, light weight computer that can be used at home, school, work, or while on the go. Many consumers use their laptop as an extension of themselves, storing their pictures, documents, music, and other important files. This is why it is important for consumers to choose a high quality laptop, that has the capabilities and features to effectively meet their needs.
One of the main advantages of a netbook is that users can browse the web anywhere if they have an integrated or external modem, or if they simply happen to be near one of the many WiFi spots around the world. Most netbooks offer plenty of performance for browsing even media-rich websites, though there are some sites that use interactive flash that might prove to be a little bit too much for the average netbook. In these cases, there are netbooks that feature NVIDIA graphics with flash acceleration and/or dual-core ATOM CPUs by Intel that can help increase performance at the expense of battery life.
Battery life is ultimately one of the major reasons that people have gravitated to netbooks in recent years. With some models offering 7 or more hours of useable battery life for basic productivity, netbooks are obviously desirable for their freedom from a wall socket. Throw in an additional battery, which does not take up much room, and an entire day of work and play can be had with the freedom to go anywhere.
Going anywhere is another strong suit of the netbook, particularly because of the small size and weight profile of the average netbook. Unlike notebooks that use parts that generate more heat and consume more power, netbooks trade overall performance for minimal power consumption. Faster parts mean more cooling components and heftier batteries, which might explain why netbooks have a much smaller physical footprint than notebooks and laptops while still maintaining better battery life.
The actual size of most netbooks is another factor that often weighs in their favor, especially to those that want to browse from anywhere. If being portable is important, then the actual size of the average netbook should be considered. Most netbooks are around an inch thick when closed, though there are some models that are exceptionally thin and those that are a little on the hefty side. With screens ranging from around 7 inches to around 12 inches diagonally, most netbooks are easily carried in briefcases, book bags, backpacks, or even purses. The relatively lightweight nature of most netbooks further increases their portability and ensures that they are not a strain on legs or back of anyone carrying them around.
The stow and go portability of lightweight netbooks is a marked difference from even smaller laptops that tend to be bulkier and have a larger footprint. Add to this the comparatively limited battery life of most laptops and it is easy to see why so many people choose netbooks for on the go browsing. The only question is: which netbook is right for any given user?
ASUS has one of the largest netbook portfolios and includes thin and ultra-light models to heftier near-netbook sized models with dedicated graphics. MSI has a few super-sized netbooks with 13+ inch screens as well as a modest range of middle of the road netbooks. Lenovo, HP, Dell, and ACER also have a modest range of netbooks ranging from netbooks with a focus on battery life to models with slightly more performance oriented configurations. While Apple is conspicuously absent from the netbook arena, rival Sony does have a pair of offerings that stress thin, light, and chic designs. Other vendors also have entries in the netbook arena, but all netbooks use either an integrated modem or an external USB modem for connectivity. Not all netbook models can be configured with an internal broadband modem, though almost all netbooks do come with factory installed WiFi.