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Business notebook computers are designed for users in small-to-medium and even large companies who want systems that will be used mostly by a mobile workforce and therefore have to endure the bumps and bruises of business travel. These systems usually weigh five pounds or less, and incorporate such safeguards as self-parking hard disks that can eliminate or minimize damage caused by minor bumps or drops. Important features include a fast processor, high-capacity hard disk and long-life battery. Communications features are also important, including a built-in Ethernet port for wired connectivity, and multiple wireless technologies like 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, a cellular modem and Bluetooth for short-range connectivity. Prices range from several hundred to thousands of dollars.
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Budget notebooks range from $250 netbooks with 10-inch displays to 17-inch desktop replacement notebooks with budget configurations in the $600 price range. These systems usually do not have a high-performance processor, discrete graphics or entertainment-oriented features like 1080p displays, Blu-ray drives or high-quality stereo speakers. These budget-priced laptops are intended for basic tasks like browsing the web, sending email, using Microsoft Office or similar productivity software, watching web-based videos, balancing your checkbook or playing light games. Most systems are equipped with 802.11a/b/g and sometimes 802.11n Wi-Fi and a number provide an internal a cellular modem and Bluetooth connectivity.
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Multimedia notebooks offer higher resolution displays for watching high-definition video and usually come equipped with faster processors and mid-range discrete graphics for premium presentation capabilities. Most systems come with 15-inch or 17-inch HD displays, but there are some 14-inch premium entertainment notebooks that offer a better-than-average mobile multimedia experience. This category of laptops may also include “branded” stereo speakers and subwoofers that deliver theater-quality sound even when you’re watching movies on the road. These systems typically cost several hundred dollars more than a general purpose laptop with the same size screen due to higher performance components and often extensive use of metal or alloy in the construction of the notebook.
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Gaming notebooks are usually equipped fast processors, lots of system memory, massive hard drives for storing lots of video games, and sometimes even high-speed Solid State Drives (SSDs) for extremely fast system start up, and even faster game loading speeds. Until recently all gaming notebooks were either 17-inch or 15-inch desktop replacement notebooks since high-performance CPUs and the latest graphics cards required massive cooling fans and heat sinks to keep components from overheating. More recent alternatives include smaller ultraportable gaming notebooks with 11-inch screens. Prices for gaming notebooks range from just under $1,000 to more than $4,000 for some of the custom-built gaming systems.
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