Buying Fast Notebooks

Notebook computers are not known for their speed, it’s there portability and ease of use that makes them popular. Their small size makes them for school or for taking on the plane. As notebooks become popular there are a growing number of them that are now shipping with 2GB or Ram which give the notebook more functionality. Many notebooks also feature room for RAM stick expansions as well. One note book from Acer the Acer Aspire One 722-BZ197 Netbook - Black features 2GBs of Ram and it’s a great price at $300.00USD. The features of this notebook currently are:

  • AMD Dual-Core Processor C-50
  • 2GB (2) DDR3 SDRAM
  • 250GB4 SATA hard drive, 5400RPM; multi  card reader
  • Integrated ATI Radeon HD 6250
  • Windows 7 Home Premium

Most notebooks only ship with Windows starter edition so the full Windows operating system is a bonus feature although it might eat into the RAM somewhat it gives the user more options in the programs they wish to run and it will play a few more games if that is what you it for. You can also expand this netbook for a larger RAM capacity. It also ships with Windows Office Starter Edition.

Making Your Netbook Fast

Although netbooks aren’t built for speed there are a few things you can do to speed up your new unit. The first is to delete the bloat-ware included with your system this can include games you’ll never play, an anti-virus subscription (You’ll probably use your own) as well as other programs that ship with the unit. You’re better off to delete Windows Office Starter and use a program such as Open Office which will run better on a Netbook especially one with 2GB of RAM. Other speed options would be to download the Chrome browser which is much faster on slower netbook units which tend to bog down with Internet Explorer when several windows are open at one time. You might want to add additional memory to your unit if it’s an option. Disable programs you don’t need at start up to get your unit operating in a shorter period of time.  When you download programs test them out and look for other options if the one you’re using seems slow. Often just by changing to a program that does the same things but without the extras you can get a performance boost on your netbook.

Fast Applications

As mentioned you can try Open Office on your netbook or better yet just use Google Docs for your writing if you’re online with your netbook most of the time which most people are. If you don’t like the performance of Chrome on your netbook you might try Firefox, Opera or some of the other browsers on the market. It’s all about preference and everyone has their own tastes. For me I find Chrome works fine for what I want to do on my netbook. You can also speed up your netbook applications by using the Ready Boost feature. Ready Boost can speed up your computer by using storage space on most USB flash drives and flash memory cards. When you plug a Ready Boost-compatible storage device into your computer, the AutoPlay dialog box offers you the option to speed up your computer using Ready Boost. Another way to speed up your applications is to change the Windows operating system and go with Ubuntu operating system which is free and very popular with netbook users. Just keep in mind you’ll need some basic technical knowledge to install the system but you can get that online or have a store do it for you if you’re not sure.

Netbooks Can Be Fast With Some Work

The default netbook you buy at the store is usally bogged down by plenty of things that slow it down such as limited RAM, programs you'll never use, and the Windows operating system itself with Internet Explorer and all the other features that make netbook computing slow. If you want a faster netbook you'll need to do a bit of work to it but then you'll have a cheap system that suits you needs and you'll get more work done with less money spent.