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How Light Laptops Are Getting More Powerful

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 2 0
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Light laptops are a focus of computer manufacturers as they constantly strive to produce the best computing products: personal computers, light laptops, netbooks, and everything else in between. The competition is fierce, and so every year, we get a new wave of electronic gadgets. 
 
In particular, the attention that companies such as Microsoft, Apple, Dell, and HP give to the design of laptops has resulted in these computers becoming more powerful than ever. Unsurprisingly, consumers have a wide variety of thin and light laptops to choose from.

So what exactly makes these featherweight computers powerful?

Light laptops boast two things: the ability to carry out heavy tasks and portability. Light and thin laptops are also termed as ultraportables and ultrabooks. The obvious advantage is, of course, convenience for the busy user as the usual weight of these laptops is around 3 to 5 lbs., making it popular for travelers and frequent flyers and, well, everybody else. It is also easy to fall in love with most laptops' sleek look. In selecting one, however, buyers need to consider a few things to make the right decision, the look being the least of them.

Processor

The first consideration revolves around the laptop's processor. The choice is influenced and depends on your usage. Laptops powered by Intel's Core i3, i5, or i7 processors have a long battery life. For example, the Samsung Series 9 has an Intel Core i5 process along with a 7-hour battery life. Other popular laptops with Intel Core i5 processors include Asus Zenbook UX31 and HP Envy 14 Spectre. They can also provide cool running temperature and strong performance. There are also AMD-based laptops that are cheaper, although there is considerable difference in performance in terms of clockspeed.

Memory

The fast performance of light and thin laptops would not be possible without adequate RAM. More RAM means faster performance. This is especially important if you run multiple applications. Most of the faster laptops have at least 4G of DDR3 RAM for it to perform satisfactorily.

Hard Drive

The storage space of mobile computers has greatly improved over the years. Usually, light laptops come with a 500GB storage space. But if you are fond of collecting digital media, you should consider adding more. Also, a hard drive with 7200 rpm is ideal for faster loading. With the introduction of solid-state drive or SSD options, which are flash memory-based drives without any movable parts, light laptops can have even faster boot time and increased shock resistance, not to mention the lighter weight. Having an SSD is usually one of the requirements for a notebook computer to qualify as an ultrabook. SSDs cost more though and only have a 64GB or 128 GB drive capacity.

Graphics

Although most light and thin laptops do not focus on graphics, things are slowly beginning to change to the delight of gaming enthusiasts. For example, just last year, Razer, the gaming hardware manufacturer, released Razer Blade. With an Intel i7 as its processor and NVIDIA GEForce GT 555M as its graphics card plus a 2GB video memory, Razer did not skimp on the graphics.

Most light laptops still use integrated chips instead of dedicated ones. Most of these dedicated chips have graphics switching technology that satisfies 3D graphics needs and saves on battery life.

Optical Drive

A multiformat DVD burner (DVD±RW) can be found in most laptops. Despite the thinness of light and thin laptops, what makes them more powerful is that upgrades can be easily done. You can configure light and thin laptops with a HD Blu-ray drive. This can play HD movies and write 50GB data.

Laptop Case

Laptop cases give laptops not only a sleek look, but also the durability and protection that it needs. Ideally, cases of light and thin laptops should be less than 1.5 inches thick and lighter than 5 lbs. Metal alloys make for the perfect laptop case and because of this, most light and thin laptops opt for the lighter plastic cases. But some light and thin laptops, such as the HP Envy, Asus Zenbook, and Samsung Series 9, boast some nice-looking and durable metal cases.

Connectivity

Since all light laptops are made for travel, one of their most attractive features is wireless connectivity in the form of 802.11 wireless networking and integrated Bluetooth. Most powerful laptops have a Wi-Fi card, which can support wireless standards (802.11a, 802.11g, and 802.11n). This wireless networking uses MIMO (multiple- input multiple-output) technology that lessens signal interference and gives greater range and throughput. Bluetooth is present in almost all laptops and supports the newest Bluetooth standards.

There are also light and thin laptops that can be configured to have built-in WiMAX antenna. This enables the user to access the internet in areas with free WiMAx support even if they are away from Wi-Fi hot spots. Light and thin laptops with WWAN antennas are also available if you want to access mobile broadband networks.
 
Light laptops are getting more powerful as the competition grows stiffer, not just in terms of design, but the prices are lowering as well. As more choices are given to the buying population, information dissemination is vital for well-informed choices to be made.
light laptop
Light laptops are a focus of computer manufacturers as they constantly strive to produce the best computing products: personal computers, light laptops, netbooks, and everything else in between. The competition is fierce, and so every year, we get a new wave of electronic gadgets. 
 
In particular, the attention that companies such as Microsoft, Apple, Dell, and HP give to the design of laptops has resulted in these computers becoming more powerful than ever. Unsurprisingly, consumers have a wide variety of thin and light laptops to choose from.

So what exactly makes these featherweight computers powerful?

Light laptops boast two things: the ability to carry out heavy tasks and portability. Light and thin laptops are also termed as ultraportables and ultrabooks. The obvious advantage is, of course, convenience for the busy user as the usual weight of these laptops is around 3 to 5 lbs., making it popular for travelers and frequent flyers and, well, everybody else. It is also easy to fall in love with most laptops' sleek look. In selecting one, however, buyers need to consider a few things to make the right decision, the look being the least of them.

Processor

The first consideration revolves around the laptop's processor. The choice is influenced and depends on your usage. Laptops powered by Intel's Core i3, i5, or i7 processors have a long battery life. For example, the Samsung Series 9 has an Intel Core i5 process along with a 7-hour battery life. Other popular laptops with Intel Core i5 processors include Asus Zenbook UX31 and HP Envy 14 Spectre. They can also provide cool running temperature and strong performance. There are also AMD-based laptops that are cheaper, although there is considerable difference in performance in terms of clockspeed.

Memory

The fast performance of light and thin laptops would not be possible without adequate RAM. More RAM means faster performance. This is especially important if you run multiple applications. Most of the faster laptops have at least 4G of DDR3 RAM for it to perform satisfactorily.

Hard Drive

The storage space of mobile computers has greatly improved over the years. Usually, light laptops come with a 500GB storage space. But if you are fond of collecting digital media, you should consider adding more. Also, a hard drive with 7200 rpm is ideal for faster loading. With the introduction of solid-state drive or SSD options, which are flash memory-based drives without any movable parts, light laptops can have even faster boot time and increased shock resistance, not to mention the lighter weight. Having an SSD is usually one of the requirements for a notebook computer to qualify as an ultrabook. SSDs cost more though and only have a 64GB or 128 GB drive capacity.

Graphics

Although most light and thin laptops do not focus on graphics, things are slowly beginning to change to the delight of gaming enthusiasts. For example, just last year, Razer, the gaming hardware manufacturer, released Razer Blade. With an Intel i7 as its processor and NVIDIA GEForce GT 555M as its graphics card plus a 2GB video memory, Razer did not skimp on the graphics.

Most light laptops still use integrated chips instead of dedicated ones. Most of these dedicated chips have graphics switching technology that satisfies 3D graphics needs and saves on battery life.

Optical Drive

A multiformat DVD burner (DVD±RW) can be found in most laptops. Despite the thinness of light and thin laptops, what makes them more powerful is that upgrades can be easily done. You can configure light and thin laptops with a HD Blu-ray drive. This can play HD movies and write 50GB data.

Laptop Case

Laptop cases give laptops not only a sleek look, but also the durability and protection that it needs. Ideally, cases of light and thin laptops should be less than 1.5 inches thick and lighter than 5 lbs. Metal alloys make for the perfect laptop case and because of this, most light and thin laptops opt for the lighter plastic cases. But some light and thin laptops, such as the HP Envy, Asus Zenbook, and Samsung Series 9, boast some nice-looking and durable metal cases.

Connectivity

Since all light laptops are made for travel, one of their most attractive features is wireless connectivity in the form of 802.11 wireless networking and integrated Bluetooth. Most powerful laptops have a Wi-Fi card, which can support wireless standards (802.11a, 802.11g, and 802.11n). This wireless networking uses MIMO (multiple- input multiple-output) technology that lessens signal interference and gives greater range and throughput. Bluetooth is present in almost all laptops and supports the newest Bluetooth standards.

There are also light and thin laptops that can be configured to have built-in WiMAX antenna. This enables the user to access the internet in areas with free WiMAx support even if they are away from Wi-Fi hot spots. Light and thin laptops with WWAN antennas are also available if you want to access mobile broadband networks.
 
Light laptops are getting more powerful as the competition grows stiffer, not just in terms of design, but the prices are lowering as well. As more choices are given to the buying population, information dissemination is vital for well-informed choices to be made.

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