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Anywhere Computing with Laptops: Making Mobile Easier by Harold Davis

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Value-Priced Laptops: What You Need to Know When You're Ready to Buy

When buying a value-priced laptop, use the following list as a guideline for what to select. If you can afford more, great! But, make sure the laptop you get has at least these features.

  • Processor— Buy a laptop with an Intel Pentium M processor. Intel offers a lower-performance processor called the Celeron, but I don't recommend it. Laptops built with a Celeron can appear enticing because of teaser prices starting at around $600, but the money you save in the short term is not a good long-term tradeoff. The Celeron processor does not run large complex programs as well as the Intel Pentium M does, and the Celeron does not have the Intel SpeedStep technology for conserving battery ...

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