This laptop features an Intel® Pentium® processor that elevates multitasking capabilities, boosts productivity and enhances your entertainment and Internet browsing experiences. The 250GB Serial ATA hard drive offers fast read/write times.
Intel® Pentium® processor P6100
Features a 3MB cache and 2.0GHz processor speed.
3GB 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 DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media; also supports DVD-RAM and Lableflash direct-disc labeling using compatible media.
14" LED-backlit TFT high-definition widescreen display
With TruBrite technology and 1366 x 768 resolution for detailed images. Native support for 720p content.
250GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm)
Offers plenty of storage capacity.
Intel® HD graphics
Feature 64-1274MB dynamically allocated shared video memory for lush images.
With microphone makes it easy to video chat with family and friends.
Supports Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity, miniSD, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard and xD-Picture Card formats.
2 high-speed USB 2.0 ports
For fast digital video, audio and data transfer. One eSATA/USB combo port.
Built-in wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n) and Gobi 3G wireless WAN (HSPA/EvDO)
Wirelessly connect to the Internet.
Embedded 3G Gobi mobile broadband technology
Keeps you connected in more places without searching for a Wi-Fi hotspot. (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 easy portability.
Long battery life
Of up to 5 hours and 5 minutes to give you more time away from an outlet.
Offers a stylish look.
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system preinstalled
Provides a stable computing platform.
Software package included
With Adobe Acrobat Reader. Microsoft Office Starter 2010 (product key card required for activation; sold separately) and 60-day trial of Microsoft Office also included.
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
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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.