A laptop computer (commonly referred to just as a ‘laptop’, also referred to as a ‘notebook’ or ‘notepad’) is simply a small mobile computer.
It performs all the same functions as a desktop computer but everything inside and outside is a whole lot smaller. For instance, you won’t see a standard mouse attached; instead there is a small pad usually positioned just below the keyboard – about three inches square – that you run your finger across in order to move the cursor. At either side of this ‘mouse-pad’ there are buttons which emulate left, centre or right mouse clicks. If you really can’t get to grips with the mouse-pad (you do get used to it after a while), there are usually a few USB ports along the side where you can plug in your old faithful mouse. But already it’s becoming less portable – now you’ve got a ‘mouse-mat’ to think about!! Laptop Direct offers amazing deals on laptop accessories if you're looking to buy a laptop bag, mouse, or even netbooks and printers. It has everything.
What about DVD and CD drives?? Well, these are located on the sides of the laptop. Press a button and out pops the drive – be gentle though, these tend to be more flimsy than their desktop counterparts.
Because of their portable nature, laptops require batteries to power them (unlike desktops which are in fixed positions, plugged into the mains). When you’re on-the-move you’ll be on battery power (so make sure it’s fully charged). There will be occasions however, when you will have access to a power-point (in an internet café, on a train etc.). In these circumstances you’ll be able to plug in and charge the battery and carry on regardless.
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