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Savvy Consumer Guide to Buying a Computer Feature RAM Minimum Requirements 64MB SDRAM. You can get by with 32MB, but not if you expect your notebook to hold its own against a desktop model. Find out how much memory you can add and the process for installing it. 4­8 pounds. Keep in mind that you'll be toting this thing around with you. In the notebook arena, the lightweights win. 12.1-inch Active matrix TFT 800 X 600 resolution or better, 75 hertz or faster. Look at the display before you buy. 4GB or larger. Hard drives on notebook computers usually are smaller than those on desktops. If you plan on toting along a collection of your favorite digitized tunes, don't settle for less than 10GB. Lithium-ion or better. A second battery bay is a real bonus. A battery bay that can accept either another battery or an additional hard drive is even better. Many notebooks now feature a combination hard drive/ battery bay in which you can slip another hard drive or a second battery. Roomy. Make sure the keys aren't too close together for your fingers. Touchpads are not the best pointing devices around but they're the best you'll find on a notebook computer. Just make sure there's a free serial port for connecting a mouse. Yes. On many notebooks, you can plug the floppy drive into the parallel port, so you don't have to lug it around all the time. Yes. Most programs come on CDs. Don't settle for an external CD-ROM drive. Make sure it's built in and is at least 24X or faster. Also make sure you can upgrade to DVD later. 16-bit stereo or better. Make sure the notebook has input and 5 Weight Display Hard drive Battery Swappable bays Keyboard Touchpad Floppy drive CD-ROM/DVD Audio