The notebook computer is coming of age. For the first
time in history, notebooks or laptops are out-selling
their bigger cousins, desktop computers.
The rise in popularity of the notebook computer can be
contributed to many factors: drop in prices, stiff
competition, aggressive marketing, but perhaps the
biggest factor - increased performance.
With each new generation of notebooks, we are seeing some
novel breakthroughs: dual core notebooks, PCI Express,
Sonoma Chipset, increased storage, increased RAM,
faster CPUs, better battery life and better wireless
access including a Cellular Modem Connection. All these
new innovations are making for a more powerful
computer embodied in a sleeker smaller package that
However, as most notebook enthusiasts know, to get full
enjoyment from your laptop or notebook computer - you must
have certain essential accessories. These laptop accessories
will greatly enhance your notebook experience and make
for a much more satisfying all-around 'complete laptop'.
Here's a wish list of laptop accessories you may want to
1. Carrying Bag or Backpack - This is essential if
you will be doing a lot of traveling. You might even
want to consider a wheeled bag for those heavier laptops.
Try to purchase a laptop carrying bag that has plenty of
compartments for all those notebook peripherals. Always
check to see if your laptop or notebook will fit!
2. Extra Battery - Since most batteries last less
than 5 hours you will need an extra battery or two. You
should also check out bringing along an external battery
for your laptop.
3. Port Replicator - This is one essential you should
consider buying for your laptop or notebook computer. It's a
real hassle dealing with all those wires and connections on
your laptop - that's where your port replicator or docking
station solves your problem. Plug all your peripherals into
the docking station or port replicator - connect and disconnect
your laptop with ease without having to deal with all those
wires and connections. A must have!
4. Auto and Airplane ac adapter - Another essential
laptop accessory if you do a lot traveling, battery life on
most notebooks is not great so having a handy source of ac
power from your auto or from an airplane is a 'no-brainer'!
5. USB Hub - Some older model notebooks come with only
one or two USB ports; if you need more - try a handy USB hub.
It will give you more options.
6. Wireless Card - Most laptops and notebooks now come
with a wireless card. Many top brands have 802.11a, 802.11b,
802.11g or all three! If your notebook doesn't have a wireless
card, you can get a rather inexpensive 802.11b Linksys PC Card
adapter for under $50.
You may also want to check out the new Sony VAIO VGN-T350P
- it has the world's first 'Cellular Modem Built In' - access
the Internet thru your cell phone. It has an Integrated EDGE,
Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth for the ultimate in wireless networking.
EDGE stands for 'Enhanced Data for Global Evolution' thru
the Cingular Wireless national network.
7. Optional External Hard Drive - Most notebooks or
laptops now come with a 40 to 100 gig hard drives, but still
if you download and save a lot of movies or songs you will take
up that storage space quicker than you ever thought possible.
If you need an extra hard drive for storage or back-up, try
an external hard drive.
8. Optional External DVD Burner - Many laptops now come
with a built in DVD drive but in case you need this extra for
or DVD burning (movies, songs, videos, etc.) try an external
DVD burner for your notebook. For maximum compatibility, try
to get one that supports both DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW formats.
9. Optional Wireless Keyboard and Mouse - Might sound
strange suggesting this option since most laptops already come
with a keyboard! But depending on your notebook make and model,
the keyboards on most notebooks are not the greatest to type with.
It all has to do with the wrong angles and the shape of the
laptop, so if you want a wireless desktop style keyboard and
mouse, it is relatively cheap to buy.
10. Insurance! If you do a lot of traveling, you may
want to invest in some laptop insurance. Laptop theft is
still a big problem and it's better to be safe than sorry.
Acquiring any of these laptop accessories will greatly improve
your notebook computer, making for a hassle-free computing
experience that you will appreciate and enjoy much more. So
don't skimp, instead, bring your laptop enjoyment up to its
highest level by purchasing some of these much needed laptop
You will thank yourself later!
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