Let's start with the basics.
by Kees_B - 9/14/12 2:04 AM
In Reply to: Thanks by SnowBlizard
The essence of a laptop is that it is 'movable'. But there's a big difference between a 10" netbook and a 17" gaming laptop in terms of movability. My son replaced his 15.6" laptop by a 14" one, because he found the old one somewhat cumbersome to carry around the whole day (bad for his back, with a normal school backpack).
Another aspect of movability is the time the laptop can be active on battery only. A 'ultrabook' would be able to do up to 8 hours without power adapter. With a gaming laptop you're lucky to make 2 hours - when the battery is new.
These two points aren't important if you plan to use the laptop as a desktop. "Homework", for example, sounds like being done at your desk at home. But then, why buy a laptop? But if you plan a highly mobile use of this laptop (using it at school to makes notes and mail and browse and entertain yourself the whole day, moving it around from course to canteen to course) things like weight, size and battery life are essential.
And, just one more thing, if you're homework involves book-keeping and heavy use of spreadsheets, you might prefer having a numeric keypad.
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