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Go Mobile With Laptops

Jun 25, 2008
Here are some tips that you can follow to increase the battery life of your laptop.

Did you know that you can conserve your laptop's battery life by lowering the screen display's brightness? Lowering it by just one level will save about ten minutes of battery life.

WiFi connections are actually a power guzzler. When you're not using it, switch it off using the laptop's external switch. Disable devices like Bluetooth and the infrared transceiver when they're not in use.

Reducing the frequency where your hard drive spins is another way for you to save on power. Defragment your hard drive regularly.

Condition your laptop's battery. When you first get your laptop, charge the battery up to 100% then discharge it totally. Charge it up again to 100%. This exercise will help the battery remember how much electricity it can hold.

Wireless internet on the laptop is an essential feature for those whose work is based online and who are always on the go. Because laptops are mobile devices, users prefer that their laptop's internet connection is just as mobile and convenient. As long as your laptop has WiFi capabilities, there are many places in the city where you can get easy access to the Internet and other online services. Currently, there are many business establishments that serve as free WiFi hotspots. This means that their customers and people in surrounding areas can go on the Internet using their wireless internet connection.

When you're looking at different laptops, make sure you examine these components before you decide which to get.

Processor. The laptop's processor determines the efficiency and speed of the laptop.

Memory. The more memory there is, the better. This is because upgrading laptop memory is more complicated than updating desktop memory. Get at least 80 GB on your hard drive and 1GB of RAM.

Battery. Get a laptop with lithium ion battery because they last longer than nickel batteries.

Display. Get a display screen with the active matrix option, a technology faster than the passive matrix.

Price. Shop around and compare deals and prices before buying a particular laptop model.

Did you know that getting a laptop is a smart, environmental-friendly decision compared to getting a regular desktop PC? This is because a laptop is smaller than a desktop, which means it has far less environmental impact when you have to dispose of it. Its slim size also means that there are less hazardous parts that needs to be disposed of, like USB ports, hard drives, CD drives, flash card readers, etc. Manufacturing smaller laptops also has an indirect environmental effect because the factories produce less harmful emissions.

Besides that, laptops today compy with Europe's regulations on lead-free devices. Lead was formerly used to solder computer parts together, but new regulations require manufacturers to use other methods for making computers.

Here are a few tips you can follow to protect your laptop and prevent data loss due to damage.

Most people treat laptops as though they are indestructible. Remember though that laptops have very fragile hard drives, which can be easily knocked out of their alignment when dropped or even jostled lightly. Keep your laptop motionless and flat during use because vibrations can damage your hard drive.

Store your laptop in a clean environment. Spilling beverages or placing your laptop in a dusty area can cause a lot of problems.

Make sure your data is secure by password protecting your hard drive.

Make back-ups of all important documents, especially if your laptop is your primary computer.

Consult a technician if your laptop doesn't boot up properly or makes a lot of strange noises.
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Jon Caldwell is a professional content manager. Much of his articles can be found at http://everythingaboutlaptop.com
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