A laptop is a personal computer designed for mobile use.
It integrates most of the components of a desktop PC such as a display, keyboard, a pointing device or a touchpad and speakers all into a single unit. Click here to view a variety of laptops.
A laptop is powered by mains electricity by an AC adapter and can be used while away from mains electricity with the internal rechargeable battery.
The average laptop battery life varies between 3 - 5 hours depending on usage.
When a laptop is being used from the mains, the battery is being charged at the same time.
When portable computers were first introduced, they were originally monochrome and used mostly in specialized field applications.
As time went by, portable computers became smaller, lighter, cheaper and better quality. They gained popularity and were widely used for all different purposes.
Laptop computers are now faster and far more equipped than earlier models.
Laptop or Notebook?
People at times interchange the words 'notebook' and laptop but there are some distinct differences. Click here to read about the differences between Laptop and Noteook Computers.
The Availability of a Cheap Laptop Computer
The best way to get a laptop computer that is cheap is by:
If you only need your cheap laptop computer for basic computer needs such as email, word processing, spreadsheets and browsing the Internet, then buying a low-end model will be enough for your needs. Click here to look at reasonably priced laptops .
Being on a low budget does not mean that you have to settle for a low-quality machine.
You can look at some refurbished laptops by clicking here. A refurbished laptop computer is a system that was returned to the retailer by a customer.
These computers are thoroughly checked and re-built to original factory specs to ensure the same quality and standard as a new system. They are re-packaged and offered for sale as 'Refurbished'.
This System is of great quality - GOOD AS NEW OR NEARLY NEW.
The advantages of purchasing a refurbished cheap laptop computer are:
New cheap laptop computers become available in clearance sales when the manufacturers bring out newer models. The current models then become 'old' thus causing the prices for these so-called 'old' computers (which are still new!) to drop to make way for the newer models.
Advantages of a laptop computer
Selecting a Cheap Laptop Computer that is right for you
Your laptop computer must be powerful enough to run the software that you intend to be using it with.
The particular need of a laptop user will vary from one person to another. Here are some of the reasons why you might need a laptop computer:
Deciding on why you need your cheap laptop computer and what you need it to do will definitely determine what features your laptop should have.
Ensure that the unit is equipped with the following features. (This information is based on a user with basic computing needs such as email, surfing the web, word processing and spreadsheets):
Hard Drive - You should get at least a 250GB hard drive.
CPU - The Central Processing Unit - also known as a 'Computer Processor'. Get at least a 2.4 GHz Intel or AMD Dual Core processor. Step to the new quad-core Intel and AMD proessors. These new CPUs enable you to multi-tasks and do more; for example, like encoding video and performing word proessing tasks sultaneously.
Memory - A minimumm of 2GB DDR2 SDRAM is recommended especially if you are using Windows 7.
DVD multi-drive, multi-format, dual layer drive - To burn DVDs, CDs and watch DVD movies.
Modem - 56K - To connect to the Internet using dial-up.
Ethernet Port - To connect to the Internet using Broadband Cable/DSL.
Integrated Wireless - For wireless network connections at home or at 'Hot Spots' in places such as 'Starbucks', hotels and airports. Ensure that the network card is compliant with the 802.11b/g/n standards.
USB 2.0 Port - To connect your high speed peripherals.
Operating System - I would recommend the new Microsoft operating system Windows 7 which comes in six different flavours. They are Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise and, finally, Windows 7 Ultimate.
Compared to Vista at its introduction, Windows 7 seems to be performing quite smoothly with minimum incompatiblities.
Battery - A large capacity rechargeable battery will be a positive feature for your cheap laptop computer. It will enable your laptop to be used for extended periods. There are various types of batteries that are available but I would recommend a lithium ion battery since they last longer on one charge. They are also environmentally friendly. Click here to view some.
Screen - Laptops use LCD (liquid crystal display) screens. These screens use much less power than the usual CRT (cathode ray tube) which is generally used by desktop computers.
There are two types of screens available - The passive-matrix and the active matrix. The active-matrix shows a better picture and is easier to read. The passive-matrix is cheaper and the picture is not as sharp but, if you are using your cheap laptop computer mostly for basic computing, then the passive-matrix screen would be O.K. for your needs.
You should try to get at least a 15-inch screen to relieve eyestrain. The larger the screen, the more you will be able to see but it would cost more!
Keyboard - The laptop keyboard is a little smaller than the typical desktop keyboard. Many of them support external keyboards.
Input Devices - Instead of a mouse, your laptop computer will have a touch pad and a pointing device.
Note: You should also try to purchase a computer case to carry and secure your laptop. You can look at some laptop computer cases here.
Cheap Laptop Computer Online Stores
There are reputable online stores that continuously have very good deals on laptop computers. I highly recommend the ones that are listed below:
Trying to upgrade your cheap laptop computer can be difficult. You should, therefore, try to purchase one that has the features that you will definitely be needing.
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