Laptops South Africa - Notebooks South Africa
Laptop computers are portable computers and are ideal for users who frequently have to do work on the move. The performance of the notebooks are approaching that of the desktop computer, with built in 3D graphics accelerators with independant memory, faster memory modules and hard drives. The Centrino range of laptops offers the user wireless connectivity, slim designs and reduced battery consumption.
Desknote computers are partially portable computers that do not have batteries. They must be connected to a power point. Some desknotes are the same size as a laptop. Desknote computers are all-in-one units and already have a built monitor and all the required hardware.
Brands of laptops available in South Africa
Need advice on buying a laptop? We have it here. This is intended for the beginner and this is a copy of the information found the laptop page.
There may have been some difference in the past, but today these terms are inter-changeable. A notebook and a laptop refers to the same thing.
1. Price - Windows XP Home is cheaper
2. Network Connectivity
We do not supply pirate software. We can provide a laptop without software and some laptops now come with a free copy of Linux operating systems. Linux is freeware and versions such as Suse is free for personal use.
Please note that we do not check for piracy on customer's laptops as this is not our core business, it is in the user's own best interest to obtain legal copies of their own software. Microsoft does insist that a licence sticker be placed on every laptop sold.
Some companies that license theire software (such as EA, Microsoft and Symantec) have now started to clamp down on piracy:
If you are concerned about your illegal software, our advice is not to call the BSA, but to acquire legal copies of your software as soon as possible. By contacting the BSA, you are inviting the BSA to audit your laptop for all pirate software, including the software you never knew you had.
For more information, contact the BSA hotline on 0800 110 447
The processor is the "brains" of a computer and does all the work in a computer - the faster the processor, the faster the computer performs. AMD and Intel processors are rated differently since they use different technologies, and AMD processors usually have better performance at the same clock speeds as an Intel "equivalent".
Intel Pentium 4 (P4)
Mobile Intel processors
Memory is the second most important hardware item on a laptop when it comes to performance. Windows XP requires 192MB (256MB is the recommended standard) for the operating system to work efficiently. Some companies do sell laptops with 128MB and even 64MB. Performance on these laptops is so bad with some software packages (notably graphics, video and games), it is simply a matter of time before the end-user upgrade their laptop again.
Hard drives store the information on magnetic disk. Hard drives do play a major role on on computer performance, but it is not as noticeable as memory or processor speeds. Laptops use the 2.5" drives which are relatively slower than a desktop machine, but new hard drives with faster speeds are starting to appear on the market.
This is a matter of choice. Seleting a notebook is not as easy as selecting a desktop computer, mainly due to cost and the inability to upgrade at a later date. Considering the following point will help you in making a decision:
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Our recommended minimum specification for general use, using Windows XP:
Graphics design, Video editing: Laptops are not generally recommended for professional use for various reasons - the speed is never going to be as good as desktop systems, the screen is too small, and LCD screens do not cover the full range of colour tones that a CRT monitor is capable of displaying and it may be difficult to see compression anomalies on the final image or video. A top spec machine is required and this means 512MB DDR memory or more, a good processor, a graphics accellerator and a bright LCD. High speed drives are also available for laptops. For video editing, a Firewire port is recommended. For professional graphics design, an external CRT monitor is defintely recommended.
Playing games and work: Select a laptop with a built in graphics accelerator. Do not expect high end desktop performance though, mobile graphics accelerators are always poor performers. Not less than 256MB DDR memory and a 40GB hard drive.
Work only: Select a laptop that has networking (most laptops already do), with a CD Writter as a minimum. Most new laptops do not have 1.44" stiffy drives built in, so consider getting an external drive. Do not even consider buying a machine with less than 256MB (128MB+64MB upgrade is acceptable for today's software on XP) if you intend on getting a truely productive machine.
Word processing only: Even though this is unlikely to be a reason to purchase a laptop for standard business users (unless you are a journalist or author), if your only requirement is for word processing, then we still recommend more than 128MB memory, but this is not essential unless you intend on using your laptop for other functions such as surfing the internet and networking with other machines.
Internet and network access on laptops: All laptops now come with built in modems and network cards. 128MB may be fine for your use, however, due to the way in which browsers cache small files on your hard drive and the need for firewalls and anti-virus software, it may become extremely unproductive and frustrating to work with a machine with this amount of memory.
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