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Chapter 2. Buying a Mobile Computer > Getting to Know Your Future Wi-Fi Laptop

Getting to Know Your Future Wi-Fi Laptop

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For the record, and just so there's no misunderstanding, you have some other choices if you want to use Wi-Fi besides buying a new laptop with Intel Centrino mobile technology. First, there are wireless Windows laptops that don't use Centrino, and you can add a Wi-Fi card to almost any existing laptop. Second, laptops from Apple also use Wi-Fi. (In the Apple universe, Wi-Fi is called Airport and Airport Extreme.) Finally, it is even possible to use Wi-Fi with a laptop using Intel Centrino mobile technology running Linux (rather than Windows), although this is probably more appropriate for advanced users.

Of course, Wi-Fi also works well with desktop computers.

But from the viewpoint of this book, my assumption is that you either own (or are looking to buy) a Windows laptop based on the Intel Centrino mobile technology. In particular, this chapter is about buying a laptop to use for mobile computing.


Laptops work in pretty much the same way as full-sized desktop computers\u-3945\'3fthey just come in a smaller package. Most everything is compressed into the small familiar form factor that you can carry around with you (unlike desktop computers, which typically feature separate display devices and system units).


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