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  •  Discover different kinds of portable computers

  • Learn about how you can make the most of portable PC

  • Find out about the future of portable computing

  • Find out how could buy a portable PC that suits your requirments perfectly

                      
Until recently, portable computer were relatively expensive and lacked the performance and feautres of full-sized PCs. However, rapid development in component miniaturization have brought about a revolution in mobile computing. You can now carry colour PC around in your pocket or handbag, with instant access to the internet, e-mail and your diary and contacts.

Mobile World
There’s bewildering choice of portable computers in all shapes and sizes. Laptops can play CDs and run the  same software as full-sized PCs. Other mobile devices, such as hand held computers and PDAs ( Personal Digital Assistants), can help you organize your business or social life. And, now many mobile phones now come with calendar, e-mail and WAP internet access.

Did you know?
Techonolgy continues to advance at a very rapid rate and many computer are now available in weird and wonderful designs.
For example, there’s a keyboard that can be rolled into a tube, PC batteries with cells in your shoes so they recharge while you’re walking and wrist-watch-sized computers.

Labtop computer
Also known as portable computers or notebook computers, labtop let you carry your work around with you. They run windows and the same software as home PC.

Destop replacements
So called ‘desktop replacement’ laptops are relatively large as their are designed to be used instead of desktop PC. This type of labtop usually has a 15- inch screen and full sized keyboard. It also have built in floppy disk drive as well as CD-Rom or DVD drive. Although these labtops are portable, they
are slight heavy and bulky.

Ultra slim laptops
Ultra slim laptop are also known as notebook PCs, which are small and light. The floppy and CD-Rom drives are external and are linked by cables. You can leave the drives at home in order to transport your labtop easily from place to place.Notebook screens, mouse controls and keyboards can be too small for some users

Other laptops
In between these types of labtop is a range of model in different sizes, with variations in screen size, hard disk space, processor type and disk drives. There are many labtop variations available, iit’s easy to find a labtop computer which exactly matches your requirements.

Laptop screens vary in size, quality and resolution.

If you are buying a labtop and want to use it for presentations or to browse the Net, it is worth investing in a TFT (Thin Flim Transistor) screen which has at leasr an 800*600 resolution, for clear and crisp displays. The main drawback of labtop display is that it can be slow for 3D games. Many labtops has low performance graphic cards, which cannot display the eye catching and complicated visuals of. Many today’s most popular PC games.

Pocket computers
There are two main types of pocket computer- PDAs and handheld computers.(bold)

Handheld computer have small keyboards and their built-in software includdes common application such as word processing, spreadsheet and data base progarams. PDAs is also known as palmtop computers, have their own software. PDAs don’t have keyboards. Instead they have handwriting recogntion to translate into text what you write you what you write on the screen. You can also tap an on-screen keyboard to enter data. Although these devices are tiny, they can include  word-processing, spreadsheet, e-mail and internet browsing software.

Serial and USB connectors

Most PdaS and handheld computers connect to your PC’s USB connection using special ‘cradle’. This supporets your evice and charges it while it’s connected. As soon as you place the PDA in the cradle, windows detects it is connected and launches special software to sychronize your data. Do this regulaty to keep your information up-to-date.

Other mobile computers

There are several other types of portable computer. These often performs specific tasks but all can help you to organize your life and work, no matter where you are.

Combination phone and PDA

One examble of combinations phone is the amazing Nokia 9290 communicator, which is a phone and a handheld computer built into one unit. It includes a word processor and spradsheet, as well as e-mail, fax, SMS, internet, diary and a contact database

Databanks
Xircom’s REX 600 Micro PDA is a credit card -sized organizer that stores contact details, diary information and to-do lists, which can be updated via a desktop PC or labtop.

Mobile phone
Some mobile phone provide limited PDA functions. They can store diary ,contact information and share this information with your main computer. Many new types of mobile phone can al;so access WAP sites. These site deliver news and sport headlines to your phone and also enabling you to shop online. Many mobile phone models let you acess your e-mail to send and receive messages.

                                   Questions and Answers
1. If I have a portable computer and a desktop computer, how do I share Information between them
Answer: Laptop computer can be connected to another computer using parrel or serial cable and Window’s built-in Direct Cable connection software. You can also buy special programs if you need to make regular PC to PC connections. Most other portable computers, such as PDAs and handhelds, come with their own desktop software and a cable often connected to a cradle or docking station. Once this has been installed you can share and synchronize your diary contacts and other data on the prtable device with your desktop computer

2.Can mobile device run games?
Answer: Labtop PC can run  the same software as desktop computers, but there may in reduction in the quality of game’s graphics. Some handheld computers can run PC games but they tend to work best on portable computers with color screens. Mobile phones usually come with range of simple games built-in. Example space Impact game runnung on Nokia 3110 mobile phone
3. Can I add extra software to my handheld computer?
Answer: In most cases, yes. Most labops PCs have CD Rom drives. To add extra software to a hand held device, you must install it from your main PC using the PDA’s installation software.

You can’t decide what type of portable computer to buy.
Ask yourself a few questions: How often are you going to carry it? Does it need to be small or light? Do you need a keyboard? Do you need a colour display? Do you have a main computer, and want to share information between your PC and your portable device? Thinking about how you will use your portable PC will help you decide on a model which suits your personal requirements.

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