Notebook - Smart Shopping Tips Submitted by robertoms2003 Tue, 10 Nov 2009 There are many choices of notebooks and sometimes it is hard to find the appropriate notebook that represents the true value for money. Deciding whether to buy a full size laptop or ultra weight notebook is a common problem for many. So before making any purchase, considering certain factors of the portable notebook helps in determining the right notebook. The first factor to be considered is whether the user truly needs a lightweight notebook, and do these sleek and attractive laptops suit their working system. If computing is done in the office or home mostly, understanding the benefits of using a portable, tiny notebook is difficult, mainly because the full size laptop, with its easy to use keyboard and large screen is more convenient. On the contrary, a busy on the go executive may find the lightweight laptops appropriate to check emails and other applications constantly. In fact, notebooks were designed keeping in mind the road warriors who frequently travel, and the added advantages of a cell phone that is web enabled, with email access, internet surfing, calendar applications and much more altogether weighing only a few pounds. The second factor worth considering is their low prices. A bit of shopping makes it possible to find lightweight notebooks for few hundred dollars such that they are affordable. Of course, shopping carefully is a must so that a machine featuring a solid processor, plenty of memory and enough extras are purchased making it a true replacement for a laptop or a traditional desktop computer. The third factor worth considering is the speed of the processor as lightweight notebooks are less costly in comparison to the traditional laptops, and this is done by skimping the model as well as the processor speed. Hence, looking for a built-in solid and speed processor is the main priority, regardless of its size is worth bearing in mind while shopping. Fourth factor determinant is the amount of memory that the notebook has, so do not consider skimping on RAM. However, majority of the ultra portables boast good memory such as 4GB and more, yet boosting the installed memory to promote the usefulness and performance of the lightweight notebook is the ideal ways of ensuring a good purchase. Screen size refers to be the fifth factor as these portable laptops also have easy to carry screen size, and hence shopping should be done after looking a few models with different screen size. The keyboard size is as well a significant factor worth considering and hence prior to purchasing feel the keyboard, its comfort and use so that it truly makes a happy shopping. Sixth factor is the built-in DVD drive; hence looking for ultra-portable notebook computers featuring playing movies on the go is essential. Similarly, computer shoppers should consider the USB slots, external monitor`s connections, docking stations and more. Considering all the factors above should certainly enable you to find the right device, whether a netbook or a lightweight or even a full size notebook. The device should have all the features you find to be necessary, and with the price that will fit your budget.