Laptops Guide: Choosing a Laptop that is Right for You

Written by Jonathan Chase

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Extra Large Ė Although this type of laptop doesnít yet have a technical name, itís best to simply refer to it as ďextra large,Ē since they weigh between eight and ten pounds and have a screen that measures at least 17 inches. In addition,repparttar keyboard is much larger than a standard laptop, making it a more comfortable fit for those who findrepparttar 134925 keyboard ofrepparttar 134926 standard laptop rather inhibitive. There are a couple of downfalls to owning this type of unit, notrepparttar 134927 least of which includes its weight. There can be a four pound difference betweenrepparttar 134928 weight of a standard and an extra large laptop Ė and thatís quite a bit, when you think about lugging it around all day. The other negative factor isrepparttar 134929 cost of this type of laptop. It offers a price tag thatís every bit as hefty as its weight and size.

The purchase of a laptop comes down to personal preference, and there are enough styles inrepparttar 134930 laptop community to please just about everyone. For those who canít decide and just want ďa laptop,Ē then itís probably better to stick torepparttar 134931 standard model.

Jonathan Chase runs a computer repair business and is a contributing writer to All Cheap Laptops. Learn more about laptops at


Written by Bob McElwain

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A Horror Story

I personally do not install upgrades unless literally forced to do so. (And I do not install new software except when absolutely required.) Some time back while using an earlier version of IE, I was forced to upgrade. The results were disastrous.

I first tried upgrading IE torepparttar latest version, 5.5. But I never could get it to run. I dropped back to version 5.1, which ran, but unpredictably.

My system became unstable. Lots of memory collisions (GPFs) that crashed some program maybe two dozen times a day. Even IE was not running properly and becamerepparttar 107908 program most likely to crash. Other stuff was happening that required restartingrepparttar 107909 computer 5-6 times each day. If you have been there, you know how much this slows you down.

Further, several ofrepparttar 107910 programs I use routinely, such as Eudora, began failing with troubling regularity. And two would no longer run at all.

My only option was to retire a perfectly good computer less than two years old and buy a new one. Then install allrepparttar 107911 latest software all at once. This meant chucking some stuff I liked, then hunting up replacements. Both time consuming and tedious.

So What Went Wrong?

I have no idea, really. Butrepparttar 107912 most likely cause of this failure was in overwriting one or more DLLs with later versions required by IE that my other software could not handle. That is, my other programs were designed to run onrepparttar 107913 previous versions, notrepparttar 107914 latest.

What This Means To You

If you are a casual user of your computer, and load up something new about once a month,repparttar 107915 chances are you will never facerepparttar 107916 problem described above. The worst that is likely to happen is that as new software is added, older programs do not run in quiterepparttar 107917 same way.

If you are a serious computer user, and depend upon one as an integral part of your business, takerepparttar 107918 position you won't upgrade or install new software unless you are absolutely forced to do so.

My tale is not an isolated case. All heavy users of contemporary PCs have had this experience, even if not quite so severe.

If you need a program, by all means install it and go. But be hesitant in playingrepparttar 107919 game, "I think I'll try this." Why risk it?

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