Create customized CDs and DVDs with high-quality labels using this laptop that features a double-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with Labelflash technology. Blazing-fast 4G WiMAX mobile broadband keeps you connected on the go (service contract required).
Intel® Core i7-740QM processor
Features a 6MB cache and 1.73GHz processor speed with Turbo Boost up to 2.93GHz.
Intel® Core i7 processor
Features 8-way processing for ultimate smart performance. Intel® Turbo Boost Technology delivers extra performance when you need it and increased energy efficiency when you don't.
4GB DDR3 memory
For multitasking power, expandable to 8GB.
Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support
Records up to 8.5GB of data or 4 hours of video using compatible media. Supports DVD-RAM and Labelflash direct-disc labels using compatible Labelflash media.
16" LED-backlit TFT-LCD high-definition widescreen display
With TruBrite technology and 1366 x 768 resolution showcases movies and games in stunning clarity. Also features a 16:9 aspect ratio and native support for 720p content.
640GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm)
Offers spacious storage and fast read/write times. Also features a 3D impact sensor to protect your information.
NVIDIA GeForce 310M graphics
Feature 512MB GDDR3 discrete and 2270MB total available video memory for lush images. HDMI port for connection to an HDTV.
Media control buttons
Include eco utility, mute, media, CD/DVD, and volume up and down.
Built-in webcam with microphone
Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends.
Supports Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity, miniSD, SDXC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, xD-Picture Card and MultiMediaCard formats.
3 high-speed USB 2.0 ports
For fast digital video, audio and data transfer. One eSATA/USB combo port with USB sleep and charge.
Built-in high-speed wireless LAN (802.11a/b/g/n)
Connect to the Internet without wires.
Embedded 4G WiMAX mobile broadband technology
Gives you an ultrafast mobile Internet connection. (Wireless service contract required; sold separately. Check with carrier for coverage area and availability in your area.)
Built-in 10/100 Ethernet LAN
With RJ-45 connector for quick and easy wired Web connection.
Measures just 1.5" thin
For portable power. Raised-tile keyboard with keypad for easy number entry.
Long battery life
Of up to 3 hours and 30 minutes to give you more time away from an outlet.
Fusion X2 finish in slate
Provides a stylish look.
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system preinstalled
Provides a stable platform for word processing, Web navigation, gaming, media storage and more.
Software package included
With Adobe Acrobat Reader. Microsoft Office Starter 2010 also included (product key card required for activation; sold separately).
ENERGY STAR qualified
Designed to use less energy and meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy.
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With the holidays just around the corner, many people will be shopping for new desktop and laptop computers. However, computer shopping can be an overwhelming task. It's difficult to know where to start, how to make your decisions, or what to avoid. Below are some tips for buying a computer that might make things a little more manageable for you.
1. Do your research
Before you go shopping for a computer, you should be willing to spend some time online getting information about brands and models that might work for you. There are several different places you can get information, and you should utilize all of them. The first source is user reviews. Although it will be very apparent to you when you begin reading user reviews that some are useless, don't let that discourage you from looking for the valuable ones. Often a legitimate problem or positive experience with a machine can be more informative than hours spent shopping in the store.
Another useful source of information is editor's reviews. Editor's reviews allow you to get an opinion from someone who should be a non-biased expert in technology. Their insight can be valuable, but they haven't spent as much time with the machine as a user. So, their perspective is limited at the same time.
Finally, read the manufacturer's description of their machine. Although your won't find out about flaws, you'll get accurate specifications for the computer; this can help you decide if it matches what you're looking for.
2. Get more RAM
When someone complains of their computer being slow, the problem often is that they are short on memory. When the computer runs low on memory, it starts using extra memory called virtual memory. This really is just part of the hard drive and, although it keeps the computer operating, it slows things down considerably. While the hard drive space on most new machines is usually sufficient, RAM may be low because many people aren't focused enough on it when they buy to make manufacturer's beef it up. Most users find RAM between 2 and 4 GB to run the smoothest.
3. Use specials to your advantage
New computer models hit store shelves on a regular basis, which leaves stores with little option but to get rid of their old models as fast as possible. If a new model appears while their inventory is still high, they risk a significant loss when the old model's price takes a nosedive. Thus, specials on computers are a regular occurrence, especially around the holidays. After you've done your research and have a brand and model in mind, look for a discount on it. If you plan your shopping ahead enough and are patient, you're bound to find one.
4. Look for good customer service
A broken computer is a frustrating occurrence, but even more so if you don't have good customer support to rely on. Get some feedback from others who have the same brand computer and find out how their customer service experience was. It can make the difference between a happy and disgruntled computer owner.