Buying a Windows Notebook with Integrated Wi-Fi

Welcome to the wild and wonderful world of buying a Windows mobile computer! Unlike the straightforward universe of the Mac, there are innumerable brands of Windows computers you can buy, in many different configurations. You can also reasonably buy these systems from a veritable cornucopia of vendors, both online and in the brick-and-mortar world.

Prices vary tremendously, so it pays to shop carefully.

The sidebar “What's Really Important” earlier in this chapter gave one expert's advice about how to shop for a Wi-Fi laptop. Because there are so many hardware options available with Windows PCs, it is worth reiterating the key advice about hardware specifications:

  • Don't buy an off-brand. Stick with ...

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