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No. laptops can be used for whatever you need – whether you travel with it or never take it off your desk. In fact, the new laptops/notebooks have become as powerful as desktop computers, so there is no reason that a laptop cannot be used as a family’s primary computer.
There are a number of reasons to own a laptop/notebook. The main one being portability. Perhaps you want the ability to move around your home and use the computer at different locations. Students who have a small amount of space prefer them because they can use them in their dorm rooms.
There are two main differences between notebook computers and Netbooks: price and size. Netbooks are smaller versions of notebook computers. They typically weigh around three pounds (plus or minus a few ounces), while regular notebooks weigh from five to seven pounds. Netbooks also sport a smaller screen size – most are less than 11-inches in size, while most laptops/notebooks have 15-inch or larger displays.
Netbooks tend to have much lower power consumption – because they aren’t powering as many extras as the laptops/notebooks (like optical drives). As a result, they tend to have longer battery life. Netbooks are also much less expensive than laptops/notebooks.
Upgrading a notebook is not as daunting as it may appear. While the computers are put together with some engineering skill and creativity, many components are located with easy access in mind.
Other components – like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth cards – are typically accessible through a panel – often the same panel that houses RAM.
Docking stations are a great benefit for laptop users. First, they allow you to quickly and easily connect your laptop to multiple devices. For instance, if you have a printer, monitor, and mouse, rather than have to plug in each one individually, a docking station makes it such that you only have to plug the laptop into the docking station, and then you have access to all those peripherals.
If you use your laptop both at home and in the office, a docking station can make transitioning between the two very easy. Docking stations also allow greater compatibility between devices. For instance, if you have an older printer with a serial connection, modern laptops probably don’t have a compatible port – a docking station can alleviate that. It works the other way too – newer monitors might have ports that were not included on your laptop/notebook and a docking station can act as a go-between.
Notebook accessories range from the cosmetic (skins) to functional (higher capacity batteries). Common accessories include:
The best type of notebook depends on how you will use it. Will the notebook be left on a desk and rarely moved? If so, a Desktop Replacement would work fine. This class of notebooks is heavier, consume more power, and run for a shorter time on battery power. They also offer more robust features than other models. Will you travel with the laptop/notebook often? If so, a more portable one would be a better option. Smaller, more portable models consume less power, run cooler and have longer battery life. They are also lighter and easier to tote around.
The noise usually comes from the cooling fan or the hard drive. Listen closely to the bottom. If the laptop starts making noise when the cooling fan starts running, you most likely have a failing fan. If the laptop makes noise while the fan is not spinning, the hard drive is probably the problem. If may fail soon. Prepare to replace the hard drive.
If you hold down the power button and the laptop won't turn on, the battery is quite likely the problem, though it is possible other component is malfunctioning. If the battery light is not on, check the power adapter is firmly plugged in at both ends. A red light means the battery is low and cannot perform a startup. If the battery does not charge, replace the AC adapter and try again. If the battery does not charge, replace it with a new one.
If the battery's light is on but your notebook does not power up, the problem lies with other components. It’s time to get professional help.
If the laptop feels extra hot on the bottom and the cooling fan works harder than usual, it is most likely a heat related problem. The cooling fan is clogged with dust and it fails to keep the processor (CPU) cool. When the processor overheats, the laptop shuts down. Cleaning the cooling fan should fix the problem.
You may have accumulated a lot of content, such as photos, music, videos, documents, applications, etc. in your laptop. They negatively impact your laptop’s responsiveness. You need to defrag your hard drive. (If you have a SSD instead of a hard drive installed in your laptop, defragmentation is unnecessary.) It is also possible that you have acquired malware without knowing. Run anti-spyware software to eliminate any malware that is slowing down your laptop's performance.
In addition, you may also want to disable any unnecessary programs that are set to auto-run at startup. You can check these programs by clicking the Start button, then Run, and type "msconfig" into the textbox.