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Chapter 2. Buying a Mobile Computer > Buying a Mobile Computer

Buying a Mobile Computer

When you first walk into a computer store or go online to a laptop manufacturer's website, you might be overwhelmed by the number of laptops from which to choose, and you might be confused because from the outside they look largely the same. Add to this the dizzying amount of mumbo jumbo when looking at the technical specifications, it can make you reach for an aspirin. But take heart! This section gives you a basic understanding of a few broad categories into which most laptops fall. With this information you can quickly cut through all the technical gunk and focus on the capabilities that really distinguish one laptop from another. With this understanding you will be able to focus on just the models that meet your needs and know this is the right laptop for you just by looking at the specs.

Let's begin to break down the laptops that are out there into categories that will make it easier for you to sort out the type that's right for you. The three major categories are


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