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What notebook should I get?
Here are some Donkey thoughts...


So you decided that mobile computing if something for you and you want to get a notebook. Some of the primary decisions on which notebook to get should be based on some basic questions you should ask yourself.
1) What will be the primary use for your laptop?
2) What is your budget.
3) How long do you intend to keep the laptop?
4) What are some of the secondary (additional) functions you want to have for this laptop?

By asking the above questions, you should get an idea of what sort of components the laptop should have. You will strike a balance between what you can afford versus what you should get to perform the tasks and operations you want. Remember that a notebook is just like a regular Personal Computer (PC) (yes - some people i talked too were not aware of this). Consider some additional functions you might want to be doing with the laptop.

For example: Your primary purpose is to be able to read your emails, and update some spreadsheets, however once in a while you might want to use your laptop to compile together a movie from a family vacation. For multimedia processing you have to consider hard drive space, video card, amount of RAM and a DVD burner. Are these extra components worth the extra money?

Keep in mind that laptops can be fragile. If you are a clumsy person (like myself - a clumsy donkey) who is likely to spill drinks, tip over, or do an accidental bang here and there - you might want to consider that carrying around a $2500 laptop might not be for you. If you are a "I need the best" (again - just like myself) type of person and are thinking of going high end, always remember that in general prices of electronic go down very quickly and your laptop will become obsolete.

Mr Donkey Says: Considering the fact the laptop is a fragile device, and the fact that they really do depreciate fast in value - it might be more worth to get a medium power laptop use for some time, and then move on to a next model after two years or so, instead of buying a high end laptop straight away. This way you will always have a laptop that's almost current's best, versus having one that is a hot toy at first, and then goes to useless piece of garbage in 3 years.

5) How much traveling will this laptop do.
6) What screen size do you want?

Again these two factors are important. Having a larger screen is nice. However, the screen size is what will primarily determine your carrying weight. If you are planning to be really mobile with your new laptop, consider getting something small.
* 15 INCH - most common laptop screen size
* 14 INCH - standard of what is considered "Thin and light"
* 13 INCH - super light and portable
* 12 INCH - even better!

Anything that goes smaller in screen size goes up in price. When you do go smaller, don't forget that you can always hook up a laptop to a regular LCD of your desired choice and end up with whatever native resolution that LCD does. This is good when you are working from home or from your office. Going smaller does not mean you are stuck with that resolution in every case but only when you are travelling or going mobile.

Anything above 15INCH is really getting into uncomfortable mobility. Those laptops get bulky and heavy. Even though a higher screen can hit the higher resolutions and present a much nicer display the weight becomes a counter-asset. In general anything with 17INCH you really have to be in a situation where you don't mind the weight, and this might be the right choice for some people. It's also easier to find larger screen size laptops with better hardware components such as more video memory. Mr Donkey believes that if you are trying to get something that acts as a gaming machine, it would be better to invest into a good desktop system rather than a laptop

Mr Donkey Says: Get a notebook that is portable and light. After all you are trying to go mobile.

While having a super light laptop is great, any screen below 13INCH can get small and frustrating to read. This is a very personal preferences. It all depends on how good your eyes are.

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