How to Compare Laptop Computers

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Compare laptop computers based on the size of the monitor, the media controls, whether they have wireless connections and portability. Find a laptop that is the right size and has the right amount of storage space for your needs with help from a software developer in this free video on laptops.

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Hi, my name is Dave Andrews. Today I'm going to show you how to compare laptop computers. Now one thing that you're going to look for when you're looking at a new laptop in the store; the one thing that's going to pop out to you more than anything is the physical size of the laptop. Now basically this is usually determine by the screen size. So if somebody says that you have a 17 inch laptop, they're referring to the size of the screen on that laptop. Now as you can tell the size of the screen is going to dictate the dimensions of the rest of the laptop. That can dictate the size of the keyboard, that can dictate the size of the mouse pad, your controls that you have up here at the top of the laptop; that's all going to be determined by the overall size of the laptop. Now another thing to consider when looking at a laptop is, I"ll hold this up here for you, is this one in particular has a media controls. Now this is actually a Pavilion Media PC; Entertainment PC that's meant to be hooked up to a, basically a television where you can watch TV and DVDs from your laptop. So that's one thing you want to consider if that's what you're looking for, is the type of media controls that the laptop has. Another thing is, "Does it have a wireless connection?" Most laptops nowadays do. Some of them even come with built in cellular connections. So you want to ask about that when you're looking for a laptop. Now they make them, what are called now, Netbooks, which are actually gaining a lot of popularity among business users. They're ultra portable laptops like this. A Netbook mail will be this big compared to my laptop that I have here. Now the downsides to a Netbook are they have less storage space, they don't have a CD drive, but the benefits are, they're ultra portable, you can carry on; they will only weigh about two pounds. You can put them in a backpack and also they have built in wireless and they're suppose to be used basically to access your businesses websites and files wirelessly. So if you're looking for, you know, business laptop that you can carry and travel around quite a bit, you might want to consider one of those. My name is Dave Andrews and I've just talked to you a little bit about what to look for when purchasing a laptop.

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