The mobile revolution has clearly started. With major tech companies investing more and more into mobile computing, consumers have more options than they have ever had in the past. In fact, some people may feel overwhelmed by the number of mobile PCs on the market today. To help you make your decision, we’ve set out some basic guidelines on buying a fast mobile PC.
In general, netbooks are the slowest kind of portable PC. They’re also the smallest. However, they do have two major advantages: they’re affordable and they have good battery life. Some netbooks, like the Asus Eee 1016P, can run for up to 13 hours, and the average netbook’s battery life is a whopping 8 to 10 hours.
This battery life makes the netbook an ideal option for people who spend a lot of time away from electrical outlets. They’re especially popular among college kids who may not be able to afford a higher-end portable PC, but still want to type out their professor’s lecture in class.
A traditional laptop
There is nothing wrong with buying a traditional laptop – as long as you don’t expect it to deliver incredible performance and long-lasting battery life. Your average laptop provides an affordable and mobile solution for people who like to browse in front of their TV, or pack lightly when travelling. With PC components becoming smaller and smaller, laptops continue to deliver faster performance at a lower price.
Designed as a competitor for Apple’s line of luxury PCs, Intel’s new Ultrabooks pack a lot of performance at an affordable price. While they’re not really designed for graphics-intensive tasks like PC gaming or multimedia editing, they can do basically everything else. Browsing the internet is a breeze, and common work and school applications are handled on Intel’s top of the line mobile processors.
And, unlike gaming PCs, Ultrabooks don’t run out of battery life in just a few short hours. Priced at around $1000, they’re also much more affordable than Apple’s Macbooks.
These are the cream of the crop in terms of powerful laptop performance. However, this performance comes at a price. Not only are gaming laptops the most expensive option here (most good gaming laptops cost between $1500 and $2500), but they’re also bulky and have limited battery life.
For that reason, they’re best used by people who want to be able to easily take their PC from one location to another, but don’t necessarily want to use it along the way. With gaming PCs, you can never be too far away from a power outlet.