Posted by: macintoshsisters | August 18, 2008

Comparing New Laptops

Cheap, lightweight laptops have quietly gotten better in the past year.

This end of the home-use market is no longer owned by heavy, hot, battery-draining machines running on desktop processors that barely keep up with current software.

Much credit for this improvement goes to a new crop of efficient, compact processors that put out less heat and don’t need cooling by noisy fans. They’ve given far more options to budget-minded shoppers who want less than five pounds of laptop hanging off their shoulders.

Almost any new model will do. Buy one with a laptop-optimized processor (Intel’s Core 2 Duo has been running away with the light-laptop market) and enough memory (at least a gigabyte on a Mac, 2 gigabytes on a Windows Vista PC), and you can’t go wrong.

FULL article at courant.com

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