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6. RAM, or Random Access Memory: This is Short Term Memory of you computer. How much does a laptop need? The simple answer is about 32 megabytes, or MB, of RAM, but 64 is highly recommended. This is due to fact that laptops are difficult to upgrade. Because of this, you might as well get more then you’ll currently need, and look ahead.
7. The "brain" otherwise known as CPU: The Central Processing Unit contains all programs run on a computer. At least 233 MHz in processing speed for a laptop is suggested. There are many types of CPU's but just make sure laptop you choose has one.
8. Modems: The modem allows you to access Internet. This is important if laptop will be used to surf Web, and send email. There are two primary types of modems used with laptops. There’s Internal modem, and PC card-based modem. Internal modems are easier to hook up, and they’re becoming more and more common. PC card-based modems stick out of a computer. Their advantage is that they can be replaced if upgrades to a faster one are needed.
9. Ports: Ports are where peripherals are applied, such as microphones, cameras, and extra memory. What type of ports do most laptops have? Currently, all laptops feature a serial, a parallel, an infrared, and a universal serial bus (USB) port. The reason why there’re so many different types of ports is because peripheral equipment corresponds with different types of ports.
That's it. Those are 9 basics that you should consider when purchasing your next laptop. Utilizing above information, you’ll be able to make most informed decisions when acquiring a laptop with suitable features that meet all your needs.
Ed Cordova is a computer enthusiast whose passion for computers, be they desktops, or laptops, has lead him to create About Computers.